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III Congreso Internacional/XVII Congreso de Historia Agraria-SEHA/IX Encontro Rural RePort (Salamanca and Zamora, 28-30 June 2021)

As datas finais do próximo (IX) Encontro Rural RePort foram fixadas para 28-30 Junho 2021. Recorda-se que este Encontro – inicialmente agendado para Maio 2020 e adiado devido à pandemia – se realiza enquadrado no 3º congresso internacional organizado conjuntamente pela Rural RePort e pela SEHA, que nesta edição tem lugar em Salamanca e Zamora, subordinado ao tema “Despovoamento rural, desequilíbrio territorial e sustentabilidade”. (+ info at https://congresoseha.info/).

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Rural History 2021 (Uppsala, 23-26 Agosto 2021) - Extended call for papers – new deadline is 22 January 2021!

The Call for Sessions for Rural History 2021 has been very successful resulting in over 90 proposed sessions where of several proposed as double sessions. We now launch the Call for Papers to fill the accepted sessions with papers. The Call for Papers is open from 27 November 2020 to 15 January 2021 (extended deadline is 22 January 2021).

+ information at https://www.ruralhistory2021.se/call-for-papers/

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I Jorge Gelman Prize for Agrarian History, sponsored by Sociedad de Estudios de Historia Agraria (SEHA)

The I Jorge Gelman Prize is awarded to the best PhD thesis in the two preceding years (2018-2019) in the field of Agrarian History. The prize is sponsored by Sociedad de Estudios de Historia Agraria (SEHA). In December 2020, a honourable mention of the I Jorge Gelman Prize was awarded to two REPORT(H)A members:

Carlos Manuel Faísca - thesis: “El negocio corchero en Alentejo: explotación forestal, industria ypolítica económica, 1848-1914”, University of Extremadura, Spain, 2019.

Luís Pedro Silva - thesis: “O clima do Noroeste de Portugal (1600-1855): dos discursos aos impactos”, University of Porto, Portugal, 2019.

+ info: http://seha.info/es/PREMIOS/JORGE-GELMAN/

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Update on Oceans Past conference (postponed until 2022) / 2021 workshop announcements

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we sadly announce that the proposed Oceans Past IX Conference which was due to be held in Oostende, Belgium, will be postponed until 2022.

We will be tracking the COVID-19 situation and will take all necessary precautions to enable us to meet safely, and will keep everyone updated to facilitate planning needs.

Watch this space!

The Oceans Past Conference convenors.

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 In the meantime, the Oceans Past Initiative is excited to announce we are planning a programme of online workshops to be held throughout 2021. 

These workshops will be focused upon specific problems and research areas that cater for the diverse interests of the OPI membership. 

If you are interested in organising an online workshop on a particular topic, please get in touch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will facilitate the inclusion of your workshop in the 2021 programme. 

We welcome workshops ideas that aim to explore new topics, create novel collaborations, foster research outputs, or that engage new perspectives on previously completed research.

The Oceans Past Conference convenors.

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New issue of HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology (14.2, December 2020)

HoST — Journal of History of Science and Technology is a peer-reviewed open access journal, published online in English by De Gruyter/Sciendo and results of a partnership between four Portuguese research units (CIUHCT, CIDEHUS, ICS e IHC).

 TABLE OF CONTENTS OF VOLUME 14.2

· Special issue “The Fabulous 1930s in the History of Science and Technology”, with an introduction by the guest editors, Ana Simões and Antonio Sánchez, to the four articles it contains. This thematic issue sprang from the session “The fabulous thirties in the history of science and technology”, held at the 8th European Society for the History of Science’s biennial meeting (London, September 2018), which was also proposed and organized by the guest editors. The authors’ proposals discussed in this issue offer a good glance at the 1930s historiographical richness.

o “Introduction: The Fabulous 1930s in the History of Science and Technology”, Ana Simões and Antonio Sánchez

o “The Struggle for Objectivity: Gramsci’s Historical-Political Vistas on Science against the Background of Lenin’s Epistemology”, Pietro Daniel Omodeo

o “Ludwik Fleck, Alfred Schutz, and Trust in Science: The Public Responsibility of Science Education in Challenging Times”, Kathryn M. Olesko

o “The Perfect Pair: Bloch, Febvre, and the History of Science and Technology”, Maria Paula Diogo

o “Similarities, Differences, and Missed Connections between Thomas S. Kuhn, Gaston Bachelard and the Continental Historiography of Science”, Alberto Fragio

 ·  Three book reviews

o “Book Review: Lukas Engelmann and Christos Lynteris. Sulphuric Utopias: A History of Maritime Fumigation”, Ximo Guillem-Llobat

o “Book Review: Davi Pretel and Lino Camprubí, eds. Technology and Globalisation: Networks of Experts in World History”, John Krige

o “Book Review: Tatiana Kasperski. Les politiques de la radioactivité: Tchernobyl et la mémoire nationale en Biélorussie”, Jacob Darwin Hamblin

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Portuguese Parks to the world/Parques Portugueses no Mundo

This month – Flores Nature Park (Portugal)

Established in 2011, the Flores Nature Park’s mission is to manage the island’s classified protected areas that cover approximately a third of the island’s total area, distributed by three Nature Reserves, one Natural Monument, three Protected Areas for the Management of Habitats or Species, one Protected Landscape Area and one Protected Area of Resources Management.

Flores Nature Park presents remarkable features, such as the biggest and best-preserved wooded peatbogs of the North Atlantic and two of the rarest plants in the world, the Myosotis azorica and the Veronica dabneyi. The latter, currently, is only known in a wild state in the Western Group’s islands.There are 547 species of vascular plants in Flores Island, of which, between species and subspecies, more than 50 are endemic of the Archipelago. Regarding its terrestrial fauna, stands out three endemic species of the island: Tarphius floresensis, Agyneta depigmentata and Cheiracanthium floresense.

In 2009, Flores Island joined the World Network of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, by the decision of the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme (Man and the Biosphere), an international recognition that reflects its unique ecological, geological environmental and cultural values.

More info at https://parquesnaturais.azores.gov.pt/en/parques/4


Este mês - Parque Natural das Flores (Portugal)

O Parque Natural das Flores, criado em 2011, tem por missão a gestão ambiental de áreas protegidas classificadas, que abrangem cerca de um terço da área total da ilha e estão distribuídas por três Reservas Naturais, um Monumento Natural, três Áreas Protegidas para a Gestão de Habitats ou Espécies, uma Área de Paisagem Protegida e uma Área Protegida de Gestão de Recursos.

O Parque Natural das Flores apresenta aspetos notáveis, como as maiores e mais bem conservadas turfeiras arborizadas do Atlântico Norte e duas das plantas mais raras do mundo, a Myosotis azorica (não-me-esqueças) e a Veronica dabneyi, que, atualmente, só é conhecida em estado selvagem nas ilhas do Grupo Ocidental. Foram compiladas 547 espécies de plantas vasculares para as Flores, das quais, entre espécies e subespécies, mais de 50 são endémicas do Arquipélago. No que se refere à sua fauna terrestre, importa salientar três espécies endémicas da ilha: Tarphius floresensis, Agyneta depigmentata e Cheiracanthium floresense.

Em 2009, a ilha das Flores passou a integrar a Rede Mundial de Reservas da Biosfera da UNESCO, por decisão do Conselho Internacional de Coordenação do Programa MAB (Man and the Biosphere – Homem e a Biosfera), um reconhecimento internacional que reflete os seus valores ecológicos, geológicos, ambientais e culturais únicos.

Para mais informações ver https://parquesnaturais.azores.gov.pt/pt/

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