News (October 18, 2021)

  • Environmental History related job search, Georgetown University (by November 19, 2021)

Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor,
Climate Change, Colonialism, and Displacement

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service invites applications for a Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellow and tenure-line Assistant Professor position. We seek an interdisciplinary scholar who is working at the intersection of climate change, colonialism, and displacement. We seek scholars who broadly approach climate change in relation to colonial extraction and expropriation in the context of the Global South, and who use innovative methods to engage in scholarship on displacement and migration with attention to racialization and border regimes. Applicants are welcomed from a wide variety of disciplines and fields including, but not limited to, anthropology, geography, history, political science, sociology, science and technology studies, and environmental humanities. 

The Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Fellowship program is in its inaugural year at Georgetown University. The program is designed to bring in a cohort of new faculty from a wide range of backgrounds who demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Provost’s Distinguished Fellows are on the tenure track and will be exempt from teaching and service duties in the first year of their appointments, devoting their full-time efforts to building their research program. Fellows will be assigned senior faculty mentors. After the first year, the Fellow will then begin as a tenure-line Assistant Professor, with a 2-2 teaching load.

The new hire may be affiliated with at least one program housed in the School of Foreign Service based on their areas of research expertise, such as the Culture and Politics Program; Science, Technology, and International Affairs; Institute for the Study of International Migration; and SFS graduate programs. We encourage candidates to acquaint themselves with the SFS and our programs upon application.

Applications for this position must be made via Georgetown’s online application management system at Questions about the search should be directed to Carol A. Benedict, SFS Faculty Chair (

Qualifications include:

  1. Candidates must have received their PhD by August 1, 2022, before the 2022-23 academic year begins.
  2. Candidates must be committed to academic excellence and diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching/mentoring, research, and service. This commitment can be demonstrated in many ways, including those whose scholarship/teaching focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or those who have demonstrated a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through their service activities.
  3. Candidates must upload the following documents by November 19, 2021:
    • Letter of application
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Statement (no more than 1 page) describing your past/present contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion
    • One writing sample
    • Statement (no more than 1 page) describing your approach to teaching (and if possible evidence of teaching effectivenes
  4. Candidates should have three letters of recommendation uploaded to their application on Interfolio.

Georgetown University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff.  All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and expression, and sexual orientation), disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please click here for more information, or contact the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Affirmative Action (IDEAA) at (202) 687-4798.


News (May 31, 2021)

  • ICEHO Knitwear Initiative


Now that pandemic restrictions are easing in many parts of the world, many are said to be anxious about resuming social interactions.


Until June 7th, you have the chance to acquire unique and wonderful knitted goods, specially crafted by an environmental historian to help you make your mark on the world, not only at your first social outing for months, but for many more to come.

There are attractive, durable and great value, as the informative background essay by Verena Winiwarter on the site below explains.

Go there and place your bid. Items will be delivered promptly to successful bidders.

And please don’t forget to learn more about (and join) the ICEHOUSE before you step out in your impressive warm and comfortable apparel


News (March 12, 2021)

  • Online Lecture Series

Another Silent Spring:Thinking about Environment and Health in the Era of COVID-19 

An Online Lecture Series 

Sponsored by the School of History,The Center for Ecological History and
the Center for Medical History,Renmin University of China

Conveners: Shen Hou and Hao Chen

In his essay “Another Silent Spring” published in 2020, Donald Worster wrote: “This springtime an eerie silence has fallen over the world’s cities and towns, as governments order their citizens to stay home, avoid unnecessary travel, and keep away from large-group gatherings. Urban streets, rural highways, brand-new airports, and the new generation of bullet trains are all emptier than before, for they are the dreaded paths that the corona virus (Covid-19 or SARS-Cov2) takes to spread from continent to continent and reach its next victims.

“There is no shortage of noise when humans begin to panic and shout for revenge. We are in a fighting mood, and the fight once more is against nature. The non-human world is being blamed not only for the current wave of sickness but also for upheaval in trade, manufacturing, transportation, jobs, currencies, stock prices, education, climate and biodiversity conferences, immigration, and hospitals. Eventually, after the first waves of panic begin to subside, we may be ready to think about why this epidemic has occurred.”

This spring 2021 is a good time for historians to reflect on this silence and on the deep historical roots leading up to it. Therefore, we are inviting eight leading scholars from different parts of the world to present their research on the subject, to share their thoughts about health and environment in the era of COVID-19, and to encourage more people to add their rational thinking when the silence is broken.

The lectures will be held on VooV (please see here for instructions on how to download and use VooV), open to the audience all over the world. We will post the meeting link and the time in the announcement of each lecture.

Lecture Calendar

Lecture 1
Mar. 17 (Wednesday)
Christof Mauch (The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society; Ludwig-Maximilian-Universität München), “The Plague Comes to America: Racism, Science and Politics in US History”

Lecture 2
April. 3 (Saturday)
Andy Horowitz (Tulane University), “New Orleans’s History, America’s Future: Katrina, Covid, and the Climate Crisis” 

Lecture 3
April 14 (Wednesday)
Ari Larrisa Heinrich (Australia National University), “How China Became the ’Sleeping Lion’: Frankenstein’s Diplomacy”

Lecture 4
April 27 (Tuesday)
Mary Augusta Brazelton (University of Cambridge), “Mass Immunization and Disease Control in Modern China: From Public to Global Health, 1937-78”

Lecture 5
May 8 (Saturday)
Jennifer Derr (University of California, Santa Cruz), "The Alternate Histories and Analytical Possibilities of the Environmental Body: The View from 20th-Century Egypt"

Lecture 6
May 29 (Saturday)
Conevery Valencius (Boston College), “Health and Environment in the Early United States”

Lecture 7
June 8 (Tuesday)
Frédéric Keck (CNRS Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale), “Pandemic Preparedness: From Avian Influenza to SARS-Cov”

Lecture 8
June 24 (Thursday)
Marco Armiero (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm), “Wasteocene. Stories of Contamination and Commoning”


News (January 21, 2021)

  • KLI Dissertation Writing-up Fellowship Call

“Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”

Dear colleagues,

This is a reminder that the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research (KLI) in Klosterneuburg (Austria) recently announced 5 Writing-Up Fellowships for late-stage PhD students working on topics related to “Dealing with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences”. This call aims to support an interdisciplinary cohort of late-stage PhD students whose work deals with diversity in the life and sustainability sciences. The 5 KLI Writing-up Fellowships are not restricted to specific topics or approaches. However, as A Home to Theory that Matters, the KLI will support projects that engage with theoretical and conceptual work in the life and sustainability sciences as well as philosophical, historical, and sociological work related to these fields. Though not exclusively, we look forward to receiving applications especially in the following research areas:  (1) Theories and concepts to explain the evolution of human diversity, (2) Theories and concepts to understand and foster diversity of life forms, (3) Theories and concepts about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the life and sustainability sciences.

Who is encouraged to apply? The fellowships aim to support doctoral students in the final stage of their PhD research. Writing-up fellowships are individual fellowships awarded to work independently on the applicant’s research project supervised by their advisor in the home university. The 5 fellowships are especially well-suited for two categories of PhD students: (1) Those who have completed empirical research and wish to use the Writing-up fellowship to elaborate on the (conceptual, epistemological, and methodological) underpinnings and implications of their work. (2) Those whose research deals with the historical, philosophical, and conceptual foundations of research in the disciplines mentioned above in relation to diversity.

To learn more about the details of the fellowship, the benefits of working at the KLI, and the application and selection process, please consult our website. Deadline is Feb 15, 2021.

We invite you to subscribe to our newsletter to receive updates about our events and latest fellowships.


News (January 15, 2021)

Date: 9 – 11 August, 2021 

Venue: Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway 

Organised by:  Centre for Development and the Environment, The Norwegian Political Ecology Network (POLLEN-Norway) and the Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH),  

Application deadline: 15 March, 2021 (Application form). 

The objective of this interdisciplinary PhD course is to critically approach the relationship between food production and food consumption and pandemics in an environmental perspective. This involves addressing issues like the links between global food and fodder production and the transformation of rural areas. Against this backdrop the course will address questions such as:  

  • What are the relations between the global food system and pandemics? 
  • How can perspectives from political ecology and environmental humanities contribute to new ways of thinking about non-humans in the relationship between food production and pandemic entanglements? 
  • How have local and national environmental histories shaped and been shaped by industrial systems for food production (and meat in particular), and what are the consequences for animal and human health, welfare and wellbeing at large? 
  • How are food production systems organized in terms of labor and how do workers in industrial food production cope with pandemic outbreaks and their aftermaths?    

Students will 

  • Obtain a nuanced understanding of the links between food production and -consumption and pandemics both empirically and theoretically;     
  • Be well acquainted with the major theoretical and empirical approaches to studying food production and consumption at local, national and global levels;     
  • Engage in critical discussion, become acquainted with the work of others on food production and food consumption and build networks within their chosen field of research.     


Who may apply? 
The interdisciplinary nature of the course will be most suitable for doctoral students engaging with different disciplines within the social sciences – such as anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, and development studies, as well as doctoral students working within the various branches of environmental humanities. 

Doctoral students will be prioritized, although other applicants may be considered if space permits.     

Application procedures and funding 

Please visit our website or consult the attached course document for information about application procedures and funding. Course applications are accepted from 11 January until 15 March, 2021.  

An early application is highly recommended due to space constraints. Should you have any practical enquiries, please do not hesitate to email the course secretariat at

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News (December 18, 2020)

  • Call for Papers

Call for Papers

Life along the River: Interactions between Human Societies and Valley Environments in the Convergence Zone of the Inner Asian Highlands, 1600s–1950s

The convergence zone of the Inner Asian Highlands consists of the present-day parts of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces in western China. It lies at the intersection of the Himalayan, Mongolian, Loess and Yungui plateaus, where the upper Yellow, Yangtze, Mekong and Salween rivers and their tributaries flow among towering mountains and segment the region into countless long valleys. Different “natural systems” take place in these relatively parallel valleys along elevational gradients. Historically, these valleys sat on the overlapped margins of dominant centers of power. They often served as political, economic and cultural corridors between China proper and Inner Asia. Meanwhile, the valleys have been the homelands of many remarkably distinct ethnic groups. Local riverine settlers experienced a series of multi-directional political integrations and economic and cultural exchanges. Fluidity has been a constant marker of the ways of life in these valleys.

The conference will bring together scholars to discuss the interactions between the culturally diverse inhabitants and valley habitats in the meeting place of the Inner Asian Highlands. It aims to explore how different societies in the long “corridors” between Inner Asia and China proper have adapted to, negotiated with, transformed and interpreted their environments. The participants will examine how the natural environment has shaped “human systems,” and delve into various cultural groups’ interactions with weather, land, water, vegetation, animals, disaster, disease and so on along these valleys. The conference also seeks to understand this frontier zone as a center onto itself by employing an approach that combines anthropological fieldwork with historical and environmental studies.

We welcome proposals for 20-minutes presentations. Please send your working title and abstract of 300 words and a short bio to Marnyi Gyatso (Email: 

Applicants will be informed on the outcome before March 1, 2021.

Due to the uncertainties with Covid-19, the conference will be held on-line from New York. There will be no registration fee.

Conference Organizers:
The Modern Tibetan Studies Program
The Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Marnyi Gyatso (
Eveline Washul (

Publication Opportunities:
We will publish a special journal issue on the conference theme in 2022. We also plan a proposal for an edited volume with one of the leading academic publishers.

Deadline for the Submission of Abstracts: January 31, 2021
End of Review Process: February 20, 2021
Deadline for the Submission of Papers: June 15, 2021
Conference: July 22–23, 2021
Publication: Fall 2022


News (June 17, 2020)

  • Announcing: Environmental History Week, April 19-25, 2021

Environmental History Week is an international celebration of environmental history, organized by environmental historians of all stripes to foster scholarly collaboration, academic research, teaching and public awareness of environmental history.

Please join us by organizing an event in your area, and sending information to us so we can publicize it on the Environmental History Week events calendar on the website.You can help diversify environmental history by inviting colleagues, scholars, and community-members who do not normally attend environmental history conferences to participate.Find collaborators by posting on H-Environment, other H-Net lists and social media channels listed on the Environmental History Week website.

Environmental History Week events can take many forms.In person, face-to-face events could be all-day mini-conferences; environmental history lectures on a campus or at a public library or museum; student presentations at a student research symposium; film series with audience discussions; field trips or tours, or hands-on projects in collaboration with non-profits in your area; or a teacher training program for local K-12, community college, or graduate students.Digital events could be virtual conferences conducted on an online, video conference platform; streamed films with online discussions; self-guided field trips; or a virtual museum exhibit. Programs for all audiences are welcome.If you have other ideas for events, please share them.

Environmental History Week replaces the 2021 American Society for Environmental History conference in Boston.We are very grateful to the Local Arrangements Committee for all their work.ASEH's annual meeting will return in 2022 in Eugene, Oregon; in 2023 ASEH will meet in Boston.In the meantime, Environmental History Week will provide rich opportunities for intellectual exchange, and for engaging the public, K-12 teachers, and scholars in adjacent fields in an era when global pandemic makes a large, international conference risky and unwise.We also hope that Environmental History Week will generate models for low-carbon alternatives to large academic conferences.


News (March 11, 2020)

  • Call for Proposals to host the 2024 World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH)

Deadline for proposals: 15 January 2021.

After three very successful international meetings (in Copenhagen, Denmark, Guimarães, Portugal, and Florianopolis, Brazil) the fourth World Congress for Environmental History isscheduled for 2024.

The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO) is now calling for proposals from parties interested in hosting the 2024 conference, preferably in July or August of that year.

The deadline for proposals is 15 January 2021.

We encourage proposals from any part of the globe. Proposals should come in the first instance from individuals or organizations affiliated with universities or scholarly societies. While the support of local convention and visitors’ bureaus may become important once the site is proposed and under consideration, the proposal should not come directly from the convention and visitor’s bureau or events services.

If you are interested or if you would like to submit a notice of intent, please contact ICEHO President Graeme Wynn at or ICEHO Secretary Alexandra Vlachos at for further details and a copy of the conference guidelines, before August 2020 if possible.

We aim to finalize the site selection by July 2021.

Please keep in mind that hosting a conference that will likely attract 500-750 delegates requires substantial effort and time as well as significant institutional support and fundraising, but it is also a terrific opportunity to showcase local/ national scholarship, to advance environmental awareness and to promote local initiatives.


News (October 18, 2019)

  • Environmental History Job Search University of California, Santa Cruz Open


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News (March 15, 2019)

  • Obituary for Professor J. D. Hughes Open


  • In Memory of J. Donald Hughes by Xueqin Mei (Tsinghua University) Open


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  • Call for papers Open


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News (October 29, 2018)

  • First Circular of 15th ICHEASTM Open


News (September 11, 2018)

  • ICEHO Bulletin 17 Extra
    In connection with the extension of deadline for the upcoming 3rd World Congress of Environmental History, ICEHO has composed an extra bulletin focusing entirely on the disastrous fate of the Museo National and the possibility to submit until 1 October.


News (September 10, 2018)

  • Call for Papers - Deadline extended: 1 October 2018 Open


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  • Call for Proposals - ICEHO Regional Workshops Open


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  • Call for Papers Open


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  • Call for Papers Open


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News (February 7, 2017)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    For the year 2017, we will hold three Environmental History Workshops at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. The dates are as follows: March 17 (Friday), June 16 (Friday), and September 15 (Friday); and the time is from 10:30 AM to 15:00 PM.


News (October 28, 2016)

  • Call for Papers Open


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  • Call for Papers Open


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  • Environmental History Job Search University of Minnesota Open


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News (January 5, 2016)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    For the year 2016, we will hold four Environmental History Workshops at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. The dates are as follows: March 18 (Friday), May 20 (Friday), August 19 (Friday), and November 18 (Friday); and the time is from 10:30 AM to 15:00 PM.


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  • Call for Papers and Sessions Open


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News (December 3, 2014)

  • Environmental History Workshops
    In 2015, there will be three environmental history workshops hold on March 20, May 29 and August 28 at the Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica. These workshops are open to the public.


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  • 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 Open


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  • Call for Papers Open


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 Open


News (November 16, 2012)

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


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  • A Call for Papers Open


News (September 10, 2012)

  • Environmental History Job Search Ohio State University Open


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) Open


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.


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