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IX Seminário “Desafios do Mar Português”, dia 24 de outubro – Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo

Desde 2012, as várias edições do Seminário ‘Desafios do Mar Português’ têm vindo a afirmar-se no panorama da cultura marítima como eventos de referência, trazendo para a esfera pública as problemáticas em torno da relação de Portugal com o Mar.
 
A 9.ª edição terá como tema as “Alterações Climáticas e o Futuro dos Oceanos” e está agendada para o dia 24 de outubro, por ocasião do 19.º Aniversário da Ampliação e Remodelação do Museu Marítimo de Ílhavo.
 
Serão parceiros deste evento o Centro de Estudos do Ambiente e do Mar (CESAM), da Universidade de Aveiro, o Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente (MARE), o Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR) e o Centro de Estudos Interdisciplinares do Século XX (CEIS20).
 
Este ano, devido às condicionantes impostas pelas normas de combate à Pandemia Covid-19, o Seminário será dividido em três sessões de forma a salvaguardar o distanciamento social. Deste modo, a inscrição será efectuada por sessões conforme indicado no programa do evento em anexo.
 
INSCRIÇÕES GRATUITAS | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. com os seguintes dados: Nome, profissão, instituição, contactos e sessões em que pretende participar.
 
Limite de 60 pessoas por sessão
 
Inscrições até 22 de outubro de 2020
 
 
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Portuguese Parks to the world/Parques Portugueses no Mundo

Este mês – Parque Natural do Douro Internacional 
 
Situado no nordeste português, o Parque Natural do Douro Internacional (PNDI), fundado em 1998, corresponde, grosso modo, ao troço fronteiriço (Portugal/Espanha) do rio Douro e do seu afluente, o Águeda, incluindo os seus vales e superfícies planálticas confinantes, numa extensão de cerca de 120 km. Ocupa uma superfície de aproximadamente 86.500 ha, abrangendo um território que inclui áreas pertencentes aos concelhos de Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Miranda do Douro e Mogadouro. Em conjunto com o Parque Natural ‘Arribes del Duero’, em território espanhol (criado em 2002), o PNDI forma um dos maiores espaços protegidos da Europa, com uma superfície de 192.605 ha.
 
A parte setentrional deste parque é constituída por um extenso planalto, com altitudes que oscilam entre os 700 e os 800 metros. Aqui, as margens escarpadas, essencialmente graníticas, do vale profundo do rio Douro, formam desfiladeiros monumentais de grande espetacularidade. À medida que se avança para sul, o vale apresenta-se mais aberto, permanecendo as vertentes escarpadas, localmente conhecidas por “arribas”. 
 
A vegetação é dominada pelos azinhais, sobreirais, carvalhais, zimbrais e giestais. Quanto à fauna, o PNDI assume-se, tanto no plano nacional, como no plano internacional, como uma das zonas mais importantes para a conservação de várias espécies, entre as quais, o abutre-do-egipto (símbolo do parque).
 
Sendo parque natural, nele residem cerca de 13.500 habitantes (INE, 2011), distribuídos por 46 povoações, desenvolvendo uma atividade agropecuária. Combina a cultura do cereal com a vinha e olivais. Cria-se gado, como raças autóctones de ovelhas e de gado bovino, a vaca Mirandesa. O pombo, abrigado nos tradicionais pombais, de arquitetura bem particular, faz parte da dieta do agricultor e enriquece a terra ao servir de fertilizante.
 
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This month – Douro International Natural Park 
 
Located in the northeast of Portugal, the Douro International Natural Park, founded in 1998, covers the border region (Portugal/Spain) of the Douro River, and its tributary, Águeda river, in an extension of around 120 km. The Park comprises part of the municipalities of Miranda do Douro, Mogadouro, Freixo de Espada à Cinta and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. Together with the Natural Park 'Arribes del Duero', founded in 2002 in Spanish territory, the Douro International Natural Park forms one of the largest protected areas in Europe, with an area of 192.605 ha (86.500 ha in Portugal; 106.105 ha in Spain).
 
The northern part of this park consists of an extensive plateau, with altitudes ranging from 700 to 800 meters. Here, the steep banks, essentially granitic, of the deep valley of the Douro River form highly spectacular and monumental ravines. As you move south, the valley is more open, with the steep slopes remaining. 
 
The vegetation is dominated by sweet acorn oak, prickly juniper, cork oak and Pyrenean oak. As for fauna, the Douro International Natural Park is considered, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most important areas for the conservation of various species, namely Egyptian vulture (symbol of the park).
 
The National Park is home for about 13.500 residents (INE, 2011), spread over 46 villages, where they develop agriculture activities, combining cereal crops with vineyards and olive groves. These communities also raise cattle, especially native breeds of sheep and cows, such as the “Mirandesa” cow. The pigeon, nested in traditional lofts which present a peculiar design, is part of the farmer’s diet and fertilizes the soil. 
 
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CFP - Rural History Conference 2021

Extension of deadline for submisson of session proposals to October 15, 2020

The fifth biennial conference of the European Rural History Organisation (EURHO), Rural History 2021, will take place in Uppsala, Sweden, from Monday August 23 to Thursday August 26, 2021 and it is a great pleasure for us to bid you all welcome to participate at this event. The conference will be jointly organized by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) and Uppsala University through the Division of Agrarian History and the Department of Economic History respectively.

The aim of the Rural History 2021 conference is to promote a scientific discussion on new research on rural history in a broad sense by bringing together researchers dealing with different regions, different time periods and from different theoretical and methodological traditions.

In accordance with this, the conference is open for research on all aspects on the history of the countryside in Europe and its interaction with other parts of the world throughout time. We welcome participation from different academic subjects (e.g. history, archaeology, geography, economic history, economics, sociology, anthropology, development studies, gender studies, environmental history, historical demography) presenting and discussing new research and thereby contributing to expanding our knowledge on the rural history of Europe and beyond.

More info here.

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Congreso Internacional "Articulación, utilización y gestión del territorio en la Europa mediterránea (siglos XV-XIX)"

Los días 24 y 25 de septiembre de 2020 tendrá lugar el Congreso Internacional "Articulación, utilización y gestión del territorio en la Europa mediterránea (siglos XV-XIX)", dirigido por los profesores Félix Labrador Arroyo y Koldo Trápaga Monchet. Esta actividad forma parte del grupo de alto rendimiento CINTER (Corte, Imagen, Nobleza y Territorio) de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos. El congresó será en formato Webinar mediante Microsoft Teams, y tendrá lugar elos días 24 y 25 de septiembre 2020.

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Portuguese Parks to the world/Parques Portugueses no Mundo

This month – The Madeira Natural Park by Sandra Kiesow (Kiel University) 

https://www.ecosystems.uni-kiel.de/en/e_personen_oeko_polar/personal-homepage/skiesow

The Madeira Natural Park is situated on the island of Madeira, covering approximately two-thirds of the islands´ surface area. It was founded in 1982 with the aim to safeguard the outstandingly high biodiversity of its ecosystems, very rich in endemic flora and fauna. The mountainous landscape structure with deep ravines and steep mountainsides offers a large number of divers habitats, reaching from coastal zones with subtropical climate to high mountain areas with more aggressive climatic conditions.

The most famous ecosystem on Madeira is the evergreen laurisilva forest, mainly consisting of huge trees of the family of “Lauraceas” like Til, Bay tree, Barbusan tree and Madeira Mahogany. With an extension of approximately 15.000 ha it is the largest laurisilva forest in the world and home to a large number of endangered species. In 1999, it has been recognized as World Natural Heritage by UNESCO (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/934/video).

At higher altitude, a unique heather forest with many endemic species covers the mountains and contributes with its capacity to filter water out of the clouds to ground water recharge on the island. All over the island one can find the Levadas, small irrigation channels transporting water towards the agricultural terraces. Close to their springs in the Madeira Natural Park, they offer a very pleasant way to discover the natural beauty of the island on foot (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4l0f1kycC8).

More information at: 

https://ifcn.madeira.gov.pt/areas-protegidas/parque-natural-da-madeira.html

Kiesow, S. & Bork, H.-R., 2017. Agricultural terraces as a proxy to landscape history on Madeira island, Portugal. Ler História, Nr. 71, pp. 127-152

Kiesow, S. & Dierssen, K., 2017. Vegetation Analysis as a Source of Historic Information – The Case of Madeira Island. In Vaz, E., Melo, C. J. D., & Costa Pinto, L. M. (2017). Environmental History in the Making: Volume I: Explaining. (Environmental History; No. 6). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 123-144.

 

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Este mês - O Parque  Natural da Madeira por Sandra Kiesow (Kiel University)

https://www.ecosystems.uni-kiel.de/en/e_personen_oeko_polar/personal-homepage/skiesow

O Parque Natural da Madeira está localizado no arquipélago da Madeira e abrange cerca de dois-terços da superficie insular. O parque foi fundado em 1982 com o objectivo de salvaguardar a extraordinária biodiversidade dos seus ecossistemas ricos em endemismos, a nível de flora e fauna. A paisagem montanhosa, com ribeiras fundas e picos altos, ofereçe um grande número de habitats diversos, incluindo as zonas costeiras, com o seu clima subtropical, até os picos mais altos, com condições climatéricas mais agrestes.

O ecosistema mais famoso da ilha da Madeira é a floresta Laurisilva, caracterizada pelas suas árvores de grande porte, da família das Lauráceas, como o Til, o Loureiro, o Barbusano e o Vinhático. Com uma área de, aproximadamente, 15.000 hectares, esta é a maior floresta laurisilva a nível mundial e muito rica em endemismos. Em 1999, a Laurisilva da Madeira foi classificada como Património da Humanidade pela UNESCO (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/934/video).

As zonas mais altas da ilha estão cobertas pelo Urzal de altitude, também muito rico em endemismos. O Urzal tem um papel importante na recarga dos recursos de água subterrânea, as urzes filtram gotículas minúsculas de água diretamente dos nevoeiros.

Em toda a ilha encontram-se as Levadas, transportando água das serras aos campos. Perto das suas nascentes, no Parque Natural da Madeira, elas convidam o visitante à descoberta, a pé, das belezas naturais da ilha (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4l0f1kycC8).

Mais informação em:

https://ifcn.madeira.gov.pt/areas-protegidas/parque-natural-da-madeira.html

Kiesow, S. & Bork, H.-R., 2017. Agricultural terraces as a proxy to landscape history on Madeira island, Portugal. Ler História, Nr. 71, pp. 127-152

Kiesow, S. & Dierssen, K., 2017. Vegetation Analysis as a Source of Historic Information – The Case of Madeira Island. In Vaz, E., Melo, C. J. D., & Costa Pinto, L. M. (2017). Environmental History in the Making: Volume I: Explaining. (Environmental History; No. 6). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, pp. 123-144.

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Naturae theatrum et mundum/ The theatre of nature and the world/ O teatro da natureza e o mundo

This month – “«Threatened by the sands of the Ocean sea!»: The Church of São Paio of Fão as an observatory for environmental changes (Fão, Esposende, Portugal)”, by Ana Isabel Lopes pdf.EN

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Este mês - “«Ameaçada pelas areas do mar Oceano!»: A Igreja de São Paio de Fão e as alterações ambientais (Fão, Esposende, Portugal)”, por Ana Isabel Lopes pdf.PT

 

Ana Isabel Lopes, Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto

https://flup.academia.edu/AnaIsabelAlvesLopes

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Call for expressions of interest to host the ESEH Biennial Conference 2023

Dear ESEH Members,
 
Society for Environmental History (ESEH) invites expressions of interest from scholars who would like to host the biennial conference of the Society in 2023. Past organisers have found hosting the conference a rewarding experience that raises the profile of their institutions and helps to develop new relationships and professional skills. Organising a conference in a (post-)pandemic world is a challenge but the ESEH team is available to support you. We need your ideas and creativity to be able to continue the series of memorable ESEH highlights!
 
As with all the previous ESEH conferences, the host institutions will have the task to organise the conference and will work closely with the program committee and the ESEH board to design it. The letter of intent and the added accompanying materials indicate to the Site Selection Committee (and ultimately the ESEH Board) a serious desire to host the conference.
 
Crucial points for the evaluation will be:
• The strength of your local group;
• The vision of your conference in a (post-)pandemic world; 
• The possibility and probability of gaining additional funds; 
• The availability and quality of facilities and services; 
• The impact of the conference on your country and the wider region.
 
The letter of intent should be no more than 5000 words long.
 
The deadline for the submission of bids is 31 January 2021.
 
The letter of intent and all accompanying materials (budget estimates and support letters) must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The results of the process will be communicated by 1 April 2021. Do not hesitate to contact us for any clarification you may need! Please also contact us, if you would like to host the conference, but your resources are limited or if you would like to co-host the conference! All ideas are welcome!
 
The ESEH Site Selection Committee 2019-2021 Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University, Estonia (chair) Andrea Gaynor, The University of Western Australia, Australia Elisabetta Novello, University of Padua, Italy
 
 
Guidelines for a Letter of Intent
 
The Letter of Intent should address these points:
 
1. Proposed dates
The challenge of finding the right date may include the need to consider the availability of local accommodation, avoiding major holidays, and overlapping with large conferences at international level as well as other major events at your home institution. The ESEH Board has indicated a preference for June, late August or early September, but other dates may be possible.
 
2. Form, theme, and general vision of your conference
In a (post-)pandemic world we need new, creative ways of organising conferences. What kind of conference are you planning (face-to-face, half digital, fully digital conference) and how flexible are you to react to new developments? ESEH meetings have traditionally had a conference theme, although presentations outside that theme have also been welcome. Identify a theme you think would best suit your institution and location. How do you envisage running the conference in terms of sustainability, innovation, experimentation and diversity, creating inclusive and participatory environments? How will you include attention to teaching as well as
research?
 
3. Local Organising Committee (LOC)
Who are the people that will form your core group of organisers? What is your profile and what are the strengths of your group? What experience do you have in organising international meetings? How do you intend to share work and responsibility? How would you include other individuals and groups from your country working in the field of environmental history?
 
4. Support and communication
While organising an ESEH conference you will need help. How would your university/institution support the LOC? Do you have a local convention bureau or conference office at your service that has experience with organising large international meetings? What exactly does it offer (communication, registration, travel arrangements, conference web page, payment, digital support etc.)? We recommend that you contact colleagues at your university who recently have organised large (face-to-face and/or digital) conferences and other partners before compiling the bid. Support letters should be provided as accompanying materials. While organising the conference you will have to communicate with past ESEH LOC members, the head of the programme committee and the board. If you need support with financial transactions, please contact the ESEH treasurer.
 
5. Location, accommodation, facilities 
Identify what the locations of a face-to-face ESEH2023 will be. If it is going to be held on university campus, identify facilities and costs involved. Also investigate local hotels and low budget accommodation possibilities, check their convention facilities (prices, availability) and their policies on minimum room reservations. As a guide, ESEH conferences have recently included the following activities requiring venues:  *10-12 parallel sessions *1-3 plenary sessions *coffee breaks and  lunches *a poster session (c 20-30 posters on display for the whole event) *opening and closing reception *ESEH General Assembly *Education Fair *1-5 rooms for board meetings *other side events If you are going for a fully digital conference, what software/apps are you going to use? Do you/does your institution have experience with them and any support services?
 
6. Technical equipment and support
Technical solutions are crucial in organising a digital conference. Is your institution/university well equipped for that? Will you cooperate with some other organisations/institutions? Even if we meet again face-to-face in 2023, the technical equipment and know-how will be important. What kind of technical support can you offer (WIFI/stable skype connection/laptops or PC in all rooms/conference app etc)? Will you allow virtual presentations, and if so, to what extent (half digital conference)? How interactive is your conference? Do you want to have a Twitter conference?
 
7. Fundraising
If past meetings are any guide, the LOC is also responsible for raising a substantial amount of funding. This, however, depends on what kind of conference you envision (digital or face-to-face). How and from whom will you obtain funding to support the conference? How will you support participants with limited or no funds? For face-to-face conferences please also include information about visa requirements. Budget estimates should be provided as accompanying materials.
 
8. Students, partners, NEXTGATE
Whatever form your conference will have in the end, you will need motivated volunteers and helping hands. What are your plans to promote the conference among your students and make them involved? How will you communicate with other local and international partners you want to work with (local producers, artists, etc)? How will you interact with NEXTGATE?
 
9. Conference tours and promotion
At previous face-to-face conferences the LOC has typically offered tours or field trips to show off the local nature and/or environmental history sites, whether museums, civil engineering works, nature parks, or other sites. In the past, at least a half day of the meeting has been dedicated to tours. Enough tour spaces to accommodate c. 60-100 people (1/5 of the participants) should be planned. In planning an e-conference you might have specific plans how to promote your region/country/institution digitally and to get financial support for that. Elaborate on that!
 
10. Impact of the conference
What impact might organising the ESEH2023 have on your institution/country/region? How will the conference foster environmental history in your country? Do you have a plan to enlarge the membership of the ESEH in connection with the conference? Does it make a difference for you if the conference is a face-to-face or a fully digital one – or something in between?
 
11. COVID-19 and other risks
What are your strategies for hosting a conference in a (post-)pandemic world? We invite you to state in the proposal how you face the uncertainties of our time and minimise the risks large conferences might still bear in 2023. Is your team flexible to shift from a face-to-face meeting to a fully digital conference (or vice versa) according to the developments and circumstances? What kind of other risks do you foresee and what might you do to minimise them?
 
Don’t worry too much: The ESEH deeply appreciates your willingness to host the conference. In organising it you will join a select community of people who can offer support and advice all along the way!
 
Accompanying Materials to be provided with the Letter of Intent
 
Budget estimations
One factor in deciding where to locate a meeting is the probable costs for participants. Providing some rough estimates of travel costs from major cities, your policy concerning participation fees, and a preliminary specification of costs (costs of meeting facilities, audiovisual equipment, conference app, banquet location etc) would be helpful. Please explain how much extra funding you need and how you are going to raise that.
 
Support letters
We ask you to add support letters from your local conference office, partner organisations, co-hosts etc. This helps us to identify how serious your plans are and how strong your support network is. In the end, it will help you to rationalise your work.
 
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