The Fourth Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH 2017)

Time: October 26-31 (Thursday-Tuesday), 2017
Venue: Jinnan campus of Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Association for East Asian Environmental History (AEAEH)

  Chinese Society for Environment Sciences (CSES)
Hosted by Nankai University, Tianjin, China


General theme:
Tracing the Ecological Footprint of East Asian and World Civilizations


Registration Full Paper Submission Conference Schedule Accommodation Mid-conference Study Tour Access



Arrival and Registration

  • Participants staying in the Tianjin Country Garden Phoenix Hotel (天津碧桂园凤凰酒店)
    When arriving in Tianjin during the daytime of October 26, please go to the Expert Apartment of Nankai University (南开大学专家公寓) to complete the conference registration first. Conference Staff will help you get to the Tianjin Country Garden Phoenix Hotel after registration.
    If you arrive in Tianjin at night, please go to the Phoenix Hotel and check in first, and finish your registration next morning at the conference venue.
  • The following are Notice for Registration and Transportation Guide.
    Notice for arrival and registration
    Transportation Guide

Registration Fee

Registration Fee is for conference service, material and buffet.

  1. Categories
    Full price: 800CNY
    Ph.D. candidate: 500CNY
    Accompanying person: 500CNY
  2. Payment: on-site, cash only.


Full Paper Submission

  • All presenters should upload their full papers or report materials to the conference via submission system.
  • The paper must be submitted in PDF format.
  • The papers of the panel should be uploaded by the panel organizer.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hsiao-yun Liu () .

The Submission system is closed, if you need to submit your full paper, please contact Ms. Hsiao-yun Liu ().

Deadline: September 30, 2017 extended to October 10, 2017


Conference Schedule

Handbook of EAEH2017

Oct. 26
Whole day
Register Expert Apartmment, Nankai University(南开大学专家公寓)
Check in Expert Apartmment, Nankai University(南开大学专家公寓)
Tianjin Country Garden Phoenix Hotel (天津碧桂园凤凰酒店)
Oct. 27
09:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony Lecture Hall, NKU
10:00-10:30 Group Photo South Stairs Outside the Library Building NKU
10:30-11:10 Keynote Speech I Lecture Hall, NKU
11:10-11:50 Keynote Speech II
Parallel Session 1 Multi-Media Classrooms, History College
16:00-17:50 Parallel Session 2
Multidisciplinary Communication I Lecture Hall, College of Tourism and Service
Oct. 28
Keynote Speech III Lecture Hall, NKU
Keynote Speech IV
Keynote Speech V
Keynote Speech VI
Parallel Session 3 Multi-Media Classrooms, History College
Parallel Session 4
Multidisciplinary Communication II Lecture Hall, College of Tourism and Service

Oct. 29

Whole day
Mid-confernce study tour Scenery Spots in Tianjin Area
Oct. 30
Parallel Session 5 Multi-Media Classrooms, History College
Parallel Session 6
Round Table
General Meeting Lecture Hall, NKU
Closing Ceremony
Farewell Banquet Expert Apartmment, Nankai University
Oct. 31 Tuesday


Call for panel participants: "Localising the Anthropocene"

Be part of an Anthropocene show-and-tell! In our session, approximately 10 presenters will speak for 7 minutes each about an object that relates to their local place and the Anthropocene. The form of our panel is inspired by the “Anthropocene Slam” held in Madison, USA in 2015, which has since spawned similar events and modes of presentation around the world.

Due date: August 25, 2017


The concept of the Anthropocene pushes our imaginations towards long time frames and vast geographical scale. While this can be useful, one disadvantage is that it flattens history and difference between societies into one narrative – one that is framed primarily by the language of the natural sciences (Malm & Hornborg, 2014). The contingent, historical causes of the Anthropocene are lost. Not all humans are responsible for the Anthropocene, and the consequences of the Anthropocene will be felt unequally among different populations.

Our panel attempts to ‘localise’ the concept of the Anthropocene. Presenters have seven minutes each during which they will use an object as a prompt to tell a story about the experience of the Anthropocene in their local place. This is a mini “object slam” that considers the Anthropocene as a cultural-ecological challenge as much as a techno-scientific one. It is an examination of the Anthropocene from the ground up, rather than treating it as an abstracted, overwhelming phenomenon. We try to integrate people’s emotions and experiences of daily life – from feelings of grief and loss to hope and determination - with intellectual understandings of global ecological transformation.

We hope to create a safe space for talking about differences and connections as we contemplate our histories and futures on this planet.

Note: The emphasis of the panel is on objects and stories with a South East Asia connection, broadly defined.

Please contact Dr. Cameron Muir( with your proposed object and story for the panel by 25 August, 2017.

Panel organisers

A. Prof. Shen Hou, Renmin Univeristy
Prof. Satoshi Murayama, Kagawa University
Dr. Cameron Muir, University of Sydney/National Museum of Australia
A. Prof. Fei Sheng, Sun Yat-Sen University


Andreas Malm and Alf Hornborg, 2014, “The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative,” The Anthropocene Review, Vol 1, Issue 1, pp. 62 – 69.

Keynote Speech

  • Prof. J. Donald Hughes (Distingished University Professor Emeritus, University of Denver)
    Title: The Anthropocene in Environmental History, East and West: Human Efforts versus Nature's Power
    Download: Lecture and PowerPoint Slides



The conference venue is in the Jinnan Campus of Nankai University which is a new campus and away from downtown Tianjin about 30 km.

Tianjin City 天津
Jinnan Campus of Nankai University 南开大学津南校区
Wetland near Jinnan Campus 津南校区附近湿地
Sketch Map of Jinnan Campus 津南校区示意图


Time Table

  • March 31, 2017 extended to April 30, 2017
    Deadline for paper abstract or panel proposal submission
  • September 30, 2017 extended to October 10, 2017
    Deadline for hotel reservation and attendance confirmation and full paper or report material submission
  • October 26-31, 2017
    EAEH2017 in Nankai University, Tianjin, China


Accommodations and Meals


No. Hotel Star Level Distance Price Breakfast Capacity (Rooms) Booking method
1 Tianjin Countru Garden Phoenix Hotel
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ About 7 km away from Jinnan Campus (free Shuttle)

Standard Room

Free 100

Online Booking
Chinese Link:

English Link:

Open from July 1, 2017
Pay at check-in

2 Expert Apartment, Nankai University
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Inside Jinnan Campus 318CNY/room/day Additional Charge 130 Inform the Conference Secretariat ()
Pay at check-in


  1. The deadline of reservation is September 30, 2017. Please must make the reservation before deadline.
  2. The hotel prices are preferential prices for Standard Room. You don't have to prepay the room fee while booking. You will pay the fee in the preferential price at check-in (by cash or credit card). Please indicate you are EAEH2017 participants at the Remark section while booking to get conference special price.
  3. There are two booking links (Chinese and English) for reservation of Tianjin Country Garden Phoenix Hotel. If you have problem with booking, please contact the Sale Director of the Hotel. Contact information is as follows:
    Name of the Sale Director: Mr. Liu, You-wei 刘耀伟
    Email address:
    Mobile phone: +8615620687009
  4. For more detailed guidance for Hotel Booking of Chinese Link, please download the following file: Guidance of Hotel Booking
  5. If you choose to live in "The Expert Apartment, Nankai University," please inform the Secretariat to book your room. You can pay the fee at check-in (by cash or credit card).
  6. The Venue of conference is far from the city center of Tianjin. We won't suggest you stay in a hotel downtown. If you have special requests and need to stay in other hotels, please also inform us before the conference.


  1. Breakfast: in the hotel
  2. Lunch: in the Expert Apartment of Nankai University (buffet, free)
  3. Dinner: in the hotel (at your own will and expense)
  4. Banquet: arranged by the conference host (free)


Mid-conference Study Tour

Time: Oct. 29, 2017

Theme 1: The tour of history and culture (inside Tianjin central city)

Route: Tianjin Nature Museum / History Museum / City Planning Exhibition / Boat cruise on the Hai River
Cost: About 250CNY (including transportation and tickets)

Theme 2: The tour of ecology landscapes (Large Tianjin Area)

Route: Sino-Singapore Eco-Town / Ecological Industrial Park / Binhai International science park of flowers
Cost: About 250-300CNY (including transportation and tickets)


  1. The tour routes above are for reference now. We will update the information when the route is confirmed.
  2. Please choose your tour when register online.
  3. The tour fee wil be directly paid on-site to the tourism company.



The following is the information on access to Jinnan Campus of Nankai University.

Transportation Guide

  • From Beijing Capital International Airport (北京首都国际机场)
    1) Take the Airport Shuttle to Tianjin Tianhuan Passenger's Station (天津天环客运站)
        Cost: About 86CNY
        Distance: About 2 hours and 30 minutes
    2) Take Taxi to Jinnan Campus fo Nankai University
        Cost: About 80CNY
        Distance: About 1 hour
  • From Tianjin Binhai International Airport (天津滨海国际机场)
    Take Taxi to Jinnan Campus of Nankai University
    Cost: About 80CNY
    Distance: About 50 minutes
  • From Tianjin Railway Station (天津火车站) / Tianjin South Railway Station (天津南站) / Tianjin West Railway Station (天津西站)
    Take Taxi to Jinnan Campus of Nankai University
    Cost: About 70CNY (Tianjin Railway Station) / About 90CNY (Tianjin South Railway Station) / About 80CNY (Tianjin West Railway Station)
    Distance: About 50 minutes

If you need more help or advice about transportation, please contact us and provide your flight information in advance.

Please contact us at our official email address:


Program Committee

The Advisory Committee Members

Donald Hughes University of Denver
James Lee 李中清 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Bozhong Li 李伯重 Peking University
Ts’ui-jung Liu 劉翠溶 Academia Sinica
Robert Marks Whittier College
Satoshi Murayama 村山聡 Kagawa University
Donald Worster The University of Kansas

Members from AEAEH & CSES

David Bello Washington & Lee University
Philip Brown The Ohio State University
Tatsushi Fujihara 藤原辰史 Kyoto University
Xuesong Hou 侯雪松 Chinese Society for Environment Sciences
Andrea Janku University of London
Shiyung Liu 劉士永 Academia Sinica
David Pietz University of Arizona
Akihisa Setoguchi 瀨戶口明久 Kyoto University
Dawei Tang 唐大为 Chinese Society for Environment Sciences
Lihua Wang 王利华 Nankai University
Li Zhang 张莉 Shaanxi Normal University

Members from Cooperative Institutions in Mainland China

Xiaohong Chao 钞晓鸿 Xiamen University
Sheng Fei 费晟 Sun Yat-sen University
Guorong Gao 高国荣 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Zhaoqin Han 韩昭庆 Fudan University
Shen Hou 侯深 Renmin University of China
Yongjian Hou 侯甬坚 Shaanxi Normal University
Xueqing Mei 梅雪芹 Tsinghua University
Mingfang Xia 夏明方 Renmin University of China
Siming Wang 王思明 Nanjing Agricultural University
Xingguang Wang 王星光 Zhengzhou University
Xiongsheng Zen 曾雄生 Chinese Academy of Sciences
Ping Zhang 张萍 Capital Normal University
Qiong Zhou 周琼

Yunnan University


Call for panels, papers, and posters


Old Files (EAEH2015) (EAEH2013) (EAEH2011)

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