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News (January 2, 2014)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    In 2014, there will be four environmental history workshops hold on February 21, May 23, August 29 and November 21 at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. These workshops are open to the public.

 

News (December 23, 2013)

  • Conference Invitation

“Ethnic and Environmental Change in China’s Southwestern Frontier: A Global Perspective”
International Academic Workshop

Time: August 17-21, 2014
Venue: Yunnan University, Kunming, Yunnan, China

The environmental history is afield with fruitful achievements, which has received a lot of attention from the international academia since 1970s. In recent years, important progress has been made on lots of issues of Chinese environmental history, while the research of regional and frontier ethnic environmental history seems relatively weak. The southwestern China possesses unique geographic location, geologic visage, climate, ecology structure, with distinction of many ethnic groups and the ecological diversity, thus this area holds both the generality of the history of the environmental change and the uniqueness of the history of regional environmental change.

In order to better exert the reference function of the academic research and its achievements, deepen the study of the regional environmental history and the frontier ethnic environmental history, promote the development of the interdisciplinary research, further elevate the research level of the world environmental history, encourage the study of the Chinese environmental history even the world environmental history into a new stage, promote and deepen the research of the southwestern environmental history and the world environmental history of the Yunnan University, make reference to and learn from the theory, method and experience of the environmental history home and abroad, the Department of History, Yunnan University is planning to hold “Ethnic and Environmental Change of China’s Southwestern Frontier: A Global Perspective” International Academic Workshop.

In order to achieve our anticipation of making the conference a great gathering of the researchers of the environmental changes of the southwestern China and other related field, please send the return receipt back to us before Feb 28, 2014, informing if you can attend the conference or not. Then the organizer will send you a formal invitation according to your reply.

Contact:
ZHOU Qiong zhouqiong1108@126.com
SHI Pang pamshi@163.com
LIU Rongkun liurongkun167@163.com

 

News (December 6, 2013)

  • Call for Papers

The Country and the City:  Connecting People and Their Placesin Environmental History

An international conference to be held in Beijing, at Renmin University of China, May 29-June 1, 2014

Co-Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China

Do rural people live in harmony with each other and with nature? Are urban people alienated from the land and exploitative in their ecological behavior?These questions point to cultural myths that have persisted across time and space, from ancient China to modern Africa.This conference seeks to scrutinize such cultural perceptions, in the spirit of famed British cultural critic Raymond Williams, and at the same time examine the material connections that have long bound rural and urban habitats together.We are especially interested in comparative studies that cross national boundaries, in papers that bring neglected parts of the world into view, and in perspectives that extend back in time before the twentieth century.

We seek papers on such topics as the cultural views of nature on the farm and in the city; the production of food and its export to the city; the disposal of urban wastes in the countryside; vectors of disease; the links forged by trade, capital, and the state among the various places, big and small, where people make their living; urban-rural conflicts over the meaning and practice of conservation; “green” cities and “eco villages”; and the city as habitat for nonhuman species.

This conference is open to all ranks and all scholars, from graduate students to senior professors.Paper proposals should be one-page long (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV.The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2014. Successful proposals will be announced by 1 February, and complete drafts of papers (5,000-7,000 words in English or the equivalent in Chinese characters) will be required by 1 May.

All papers will be circulated to the participants in advance for careful reading and will not be orally presented during the conference.The organizers have no plans to publish a conference volume, although some of the papers may be translated into Chinese for publication in China, with the authors’ full consent.Also, we may ask a few of the presenters to provide post-conference “thought pieces,” short reflections on the themes and issues that emerged, for publication in the Perspectives series of the Rachel Carson Center.

Travel expenses for scholars living outside of China will be paid by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.Scholars living within China should depend on their own universities for covering travel expenses.For all participants, hotel expenses for four nights will be covered by Renmin University of China.

The last day of the conference will be devoted to a field trip that will explore the links between Beijing and its hinterland in food, water, and energy.

Send proposals in Chinese or English to all of the conference organizers:

Mingfang Xia
xiamingfang2@vip.sina.com

Christof Mauch
mauch@lmu.de

Donald Worster
dworster@ku.edu

Mingfang Xia is director of the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, Beijing,and professor of history and director of the Qing Institute.Christof Mauch is director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and professor of American cultural history, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.Donald Worster is Hall professor of history emeritus, University of Kansas, USA, and distinguished foreign expert, Renmin University of China.The organizing committee also includes Professor Shen Hou, deputy director of the Center for Ecological History and associate professor of history at Renmin University of China.The conference secretary is Agnes Kneitz, assistant professor of history at Renmin University of China.

 

News (December 18, 2012)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    In 2013, three workshops of environmental history will be held at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica.
    These workshops are scheduled for February 22, May 24 and August 23, from 10:30AM to 15:30PM.

 

News (November 29, 2012)

  • IWHA Kunming Conferernce 2013

The Role of Water in the History: Exploring Historical Wisdom for Current Water Management
Conference Date: 28 to 30, January 2013
Conference Place: Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China
Conference Venue: Yijing Garden Resort Hotel of Kunming (http://www.yjg-hotel.com/)

Important Dates to Remember:
20.11.2012 Submission of abstracts
15.12.2012 Notification of authors regarding abstracts acceptance
30.12.2012 Submission of full papers
20.11.2012 Registration open

Inquires:
Ms. Guo Na
Email: nina28.g@gmail.com

 

News (November 16, 2012)

  • Call for Papers: STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima / East Japan Disaster

Dear Colleagues,

Please note that this conference is seriously interested in historical and comparative work, and not just contributions from the social science disciplines associated with Science and Technology Studies (STS). The model that we will follow is that for an all day workshop held in Copenhagen in early October as part of the annual Society for the History of Technology meeting, an event that included quite a wide range of historical papers as well as those by such specialists as psychologists, sociologists, anthropologists and political scientists.
Best regards,

Philip C. Brown  
Department of History
The Ohio State University

 

Call for Papers
An NSF Supported Workshop

STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima / East Japan Disaster
Building a Transnational Research Agenda and Strategy for Engagement through a Social Scientific Understanding of Disasters and the Disaster Sciences

INAUGURAL MEETING
University of California Berkeley
12-14 May 2013

This serves as the call for papers and for participants to the inaugural meeting of the “STS Forum on Fukushima,” an academic forum for discussing the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear accident and the larger 2011 East Japan disaster. The goal of this forum is to build a transnational research agenda and community centered on this disaster, and to extend the social scientific and humanistic understanding of disasters and the disaster sciences; for this inaugural meeting, we also invite scholars studying other disasters (Chernobyl, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, 9/11, Deepwater Horizon, as well as less well-known disaster), especially those who are interested in understanding disasters and the events in Japan in historical and comparative perspective. All scholars representing, or interested in engaging in active dialogue with those in the field of Science and Technology Studies, broadly construed, are invited to apply.

The aim of the inaugural meeting in Berkeley will be to bring together a community of interested scholars, introduce each other to our work in a focused setting, and to begin defining viable research strategies and alliances for pursuing future work. We also hope to constitute an informal publications committee that will begin exploring and cultivating specific venues for publication, including journal special issues and edited compilations.

Participants &Scope
The 2-½ day workshop will be held on the University of California, Berkeley campus, hosted by its Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society. We expect to draw scholars from Japan, the United States, Asia and Europe, and elsewhere in the world. We invite both senior and junior scholars (including graduate students), and hope to offer sufficient subsidies to make it possible for all those who are interested and selected to attend. Attendance will be limited to 30 participants.

While the major focus of the inaugural meeting will be the 2011 disaster in Japan, as we have noted above, we also wish to invite scholars who are working on other disasters in order to develop and strengthen the conceptual foundations upon which to base our understanding of the events in Japan, and to help ensure that our dialogue integrates into the wider disaster and disaster science studies community.

Workshop Format
The inaugural meeting of the Forum will be conducted as a pre-circulated papers workshop. Work in progress is positively encouraged. All papers will be of limited length,* with the accompanying expectation that all participants will both read and comment on all papers or précis’ prior to the workshop. (*1800-3000 words, or else a 1800 word précis accompanied by a longer manuscript made available to all participants.) Open discussion  around a group of papers, organized into themes, will occur following an introduction of the papers by assigned respondents. The workshop will conclude with an open discussion on research directions and publication strategies. Per the terms of our grant proposal, written responses and reflections compiled both during and after the event will be an integral and required component of this workshop.

Travel Subsidies
Through the generous support of our NSF workshop grant (SES-1230627), we will minimally offer full housing subsidies to all participants. It is our intent to provide additional subsidies based on need, with special set-asides for graduate students, junior, and minority scholars, and those traveling internationally for this event. (A separate travel subsidy request form will be mailed to you following your acceptance to the workshop.)

Application & Deadline
To apply, please submit a 300-500 word abstract, and a 1-2 page biographic summary (an NSF-style biosketch would be ideal). The materials should  be sent to the program chair, Atsushi Akera, at akeraa@rpi.edu (alternate: atsushi_akera@hotmail.com). Applications are due by 7 January 2013, and will be reviewed by a program committee comprised of an international panel of scholars. Please feel free to contact the program chair for further information.

(p.s. if you encounter problems with RPI’s spam filter, please send the message to my alternate email account: atsushi_akera@hotmail.com, preferably with a quick note to this account indicating that you sent a message there since otherwise I don’t check that account regularly. – Thanks!)

 

 

News (November 7, 2012)

  • A Call for Papers

Disasters Wet and Dry:  Rivers, Floods, and Droughts in World History
An international conference to be held in Beijing, at Renmin University of China, May 23-26, 2013
Co-Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China

Too much, too little of a good thing?Water is one of the basic elements of life on earth, yet again and again it has been either in short supply or overabundant plenty.The result has been a string of environmental disasters that have prompted bursts of migration and adaptation, along with projects of flood control or water enhancement.It seems that societies can never find the perfect balance.

This conference will explore across national boundaries and throughout the human past the social, political, cultural, and economic effects of flooding rivers and cycles of drought.We invite scholars in history and related disciplines to submit paper proposals on such questions as these: How have different societies understood drought and flood, and how have traditional knowledge and modern science shaped social understanding of those phenomena?What strategies of coping have societies pursued, and where did they succeed and where did they fail?What kinds of community relief have they devised, short-term or long-term? How have natural disasters influenced the development of civilizations?How may human actions have created conditions for disastrous floods and droughts?

Paper proposals should be one-page long (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV.The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2013. Successful proposals will be announced by 1 February, and complete drafts of papers will be required by 1 May.

Travel expenses for scholars living outside of China will be paid for by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society.Scholars living within China should depend on their own universities for covering travel expenses. For all participants, hotel expenses for four nights will be covered by Renmin University of China.

The last day of the conference will be devoted to a field trip to the Hai River, once the site of severe, destructive flooding and now reconstructed as the centerpiece of the city of Tianjin’s burgeoning tourist industry.

Send proposals in Chinese or English to all of the conference organizers:

Mingfeng Xia xiamingfang2@vip.sina.com

Christof Mauch mauch@lmu.de

Donald Worster dworster@ku.edu

Mingfeng Xia is Director of the Center for Ecological History, Remin University of China, and professor of history in the Qing Institute.Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, Germany.Donald Worster is Hall Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA, and Distinguished Foreign Expert, Renmin University of China, Beijing.The conference secretary is Professor Shen Hou, Deputy Director of the Center for Ecological History and assistant professor of history at Renmin University of China.

 

News (September 10, 2012)

  • Environmental History Job Search Ohio State University

Department: History, The Ohio State University
Position: Environmental History
Rank: Assistant Professor

The Department of History at Ohio State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor (tenure-eligible) in Environmental History.Candidates with specializations in any geographic region or chronological era are welcome to apply. We define “environmental history” to encompass the history of material life in all its permutations, including the histories of climate, natural ecologies, agriculture, urban formations, infrastructures, disease, animals, and natural resource use, as well as important cultural and political dimensions, such as perceptions of landscape and nature, environmental inequality, and movement politics. An ability to teach classes with a global and/or comparative perspective is preferred. We will show preference for candidates whose research and teaching will contribute to the College of Arts & Sciences initiative to enhance research and teaching on sustainability, energy, climate change, disease, technology, and development.

Qualifications:Applicants must hold the Ph.D. at time of appointment and must demonstrate an actual or potential record of sustained publication commensurate with the expectations at a major research university. They must also have a demonstrated ability for excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The successful hire also would be expected to promote interdisciplinary research and collaboration, including (but not limited to) other humanities, social sciences, sciences, and policy-related disciplines.

Application Instructions:Candidates should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, publications and/or article-length writing samples, and three letters of recommendation to Professor Nick Breyfogle, Chair, Environmental History Search Committee, Department of History, Ohio State University, 106 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer. To learn about our department’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://history.osu.edu/diversity.

 

News (January 2, 2012)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    In 2012, four workshops of environmental history will be held at Academia Sinica.
    Members of AEAEH and interested persons are welcome to attend these workshops.
    Time: 10:30-15:30 on February 24, May 25, August 24, and November 23.
    Venue: Seminar Room 802, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

 

News (December, 2011)

  • CALL FOR PROPOSALS (December 2011)

Berkeley Summer Research Institute
“Bordering China:Modernity and Sustainability”

August 1-10, 2012
Institute of East Asian Studies
University of California, Berkeley

The Berkeley Summer Research Institute, organized in partnership with the Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, is pleased to announce its call for proposals for an intensive residential research workshop that will take place in the summer of 2012 at Berkeley.

Themes and Topics
For much of the 20th century China defined its quest for modernity in terms of the industrialization and the urbanization of its economy and landscape.State policies and private initiatives in pursuit of specific goals within this general framework have brought along significant transformations.China today is a land of gleaming towers as well as polluted air, of high-speed railroad connections as well as massive population dislocations, of an abundance of manufacturing wealth as well as a paucity of natural resources.A vibrant environmental discourse meanwhile has been on the rise.Under the general heading of “sustainability” this discourse calls attention to issues of social equity, the power politics of resource allocations, the humanistic constructions of people and nature, the globalization of world economies, and the contestations over ecological imperialism.

Drawing upon the imaginaries as described above, this Research Institute invites proposals that will contribute to a focused conversation concerning the following.

Bordering China”:Instead of works on China Proper, we invite proposals that examine happenings and issues that cut across the territorial boundaries of the Chinese nation. Bordering China are regions such as Northeast Asia, Mongolia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and Maritime Greater China as well as the various Chinese territories of Northeast, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Tibet, Southwest China, and Southeast China. We seek proposals that will permit a focused examination of environmental and resource issues that cut across conventional borders concerning any of these regions.

Modernity”: The infrastructural “soft” and “hard” wares of modernity range from currencies to railroads, water wells and value systems to credit mechanisms and educational institutions, so that people and goods might be facilitated in their moves for border-crossing connections across long distance.Modernity in this sense also carries ramifications, usually of a disrupting nature, for embedded systems of networking, beliefs, ways of life, communities and identities. We seek proposals that speak specifically to the impact of modernity on communities and identities in the bordering regions of China.

Sustainability”:Politics and pragmatics are as potent as history and philosophy in approaches to issues of sustainability.We seek proposals that will open up the discussion of “sustainability” in light of debates of social justice, discursive authority, politics of resources and global connections – all in the context of communities and identities in the bordering regions of China.

Organization & Logistics
Youtien Hsing (Geography, UC Berkeley), Tsui-jung Liu (Academia Sinica), Robert Weller (Anthropology, Boston University) and Wen-hsin Yeh (History, UC Berkeley) will serve as the co-conveners of the Research Institute.

The Research Institute aims to convene senior scholars (post-PhD) in all stages of academic careers (post-doctoral researchers, lecturers,assistant professors through full professors) who are currently actively developing a book manuscript or research project on themes and topics as described above.

Invited participants are expected to make two presentations:a work of original research (chapter-length from a work-in-progress) based on one’s current project, and a primary text (or texts) pertaining to the source materials of one’s work.

Participants are also expected to serve as respondents to a doctoral student conference that will take place on August 4, 2011.

Other activities include a Sunday outing to the wine country and participation in a series of featured lectures that combine scholarly and social functions.

Papers presented at the Research Institute may be invited to appear in a special issue of the journal Cross-Currents jointly published by the Institute of East Asian Studies at Berkeley and the Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University.

Invited participants should plan to arrive at Berkeley by Tuesday, July 31, 2012 in time for a welcome reception, and to depart on Saturday, August 11, 2012.Full participation for the entire duration of the Research Institute is expected of all participants.

Participants are responsible for their roundtrip airfare to Berkeley.The Research Institute will cover all meals and lodging at a standard rate that provide full internet and library access and cleaning service from July 31 through August 11.Participants who wish to bring families and/or prefer hotel stay may choose to make up the differences in costs at their own expense.Details may be arranged upon invitation to participate.

Deadlines and Notifications
Applicants are invited to submit a project description that is no more than 3 pages, single-spaced, in length, plus a bibliography of the project, and curriculum vitae, to the attention of Ms. Yu Welch (yuwelch@berkeley.edu) at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), University of California, Berkeley, by January 20, 2012.Notifications of acceptance will be sent before March 1, 2012.

Please contact IEAS for further information about the Research Institute.

 

News (January 5, 2011)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    Three workshops of environmental history will be held at Academia Sinica in 2011.
    Each workshop will have two research reports and two reading reports.
    The AEAEH members who will be visiting Taipei at the scheduled dates are welcome to attend.
    Time: 10:30-14:30 on February 18, May 20, and July 22.
    Venue: Seminar Room 802, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica.

 

News (January 28, 2010)

  • Conference of European Society of Environmental History 2011

 

News (December 1, 2009)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    Four workshops of environmental history will be held at Academia Sinica in 2010.
    Each workshop will have two research reports and two reading reports.
    The AEAEH members who will be visiting Taipei at the scheduled dates are welcome to attend.
    Time: 10:30-14:30 on January 29, April 30, July 30, and October 29.
    Venue: Seminar Room 802, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica.

 

News (October 5, 2009)

  • The Second Oxford-Kobe Seminar on Environmental History of Japan and Europe will be held on 7-11 September 2010 at the Kobe Institute, Kobe.
  • The First Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH2011) To be hosted by Academia Sinica and the Association of East Asian Environmental History (AEAEH) is now scheduled for 24-28 October 2011 at Academia Sinica, Taipei.

General Theme: Resource Utilizations and Impacts
Suggested themes:
(1) Energy,
(2) Forest,
(3) Land and Sea,
(4) Water (river, lake, reservoir, and underground water),
(5) Disaster and Prevention,
(6) Pollution,
(7) Health and Disease,
(8) Ethics and Justice.

Call for Papers
The First Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH2011) aims to provide an opportunity for scholars to learn from each other and to identify important environmental issues with historical perspectives. We need to gain new insights through comparative studies and to learn from each other with regard to methods and sources. We invite papers dealing with themes suggested above for East Asia in any period. Although the study of environmental history is closely related to local histories and situations, we need to explore and identify common factors that have been influential beyond local and national boundaries.

Submission of an abstract: from January 15 to May 15, 2010.
The conference language is English. Oral presentation of each paper will be 15 minutes. Papers must be new and original; they should not have been presented previously at a professional conference nor published in a scholarly journal. Papers comparing the same theme across regions as well as those that present different facets of one place will be welcomed. After proposals are accepted, papers will be grouped into sessions according to their themes by the Program Committee. The chairs and commentators will also be invited.
There will be two roundtable sessions designed for postgraduate researchers for presenting ongoing PhD thesis work. Each will have 10 minute presentations. These roundtables will be chaired by senior scholars.
Some papers will be selected for presenting as posters which will be on display during the Conference and authors will have an opportunity to introduce their research in 3 minutes oral presentations at plenary sessions. If you prefer to present your research as a poster, you may give a note when submitting your proposal.

An abstract should be no more than 3,000 characters (including spaces) and should contain up to 5 bibliographic references. A 1-2 page CV must be submitted along with your proposal.

Papers accepted and presented at the Conference will be published afterwards with necessary revisions.

Review Process
Your proposal will be reviewed by the Program Committee in an anonymous process. Each proposal will be reviewed independently by at least two members of the Program Committee. The Program Committee reserves the right to group papers into appropriate sessions and identify those for presenting as posters.

Time Table
Online submission will be opened by 15 January 2010.
Deadline for submitting an abstract: May 15, 2010.
Tentative date for announcing acceptance: October 15, 2010.
Tentative deadline for submitting a full paper: August 31, 2011.
Please check the website of AEAEH (aeaeh.org) in due time.


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