Summer School on the Environmental History of the First World War

Peronne Historial Summer School

July 2-7, 2018
Péronne, Somme, France
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEB 15

The Centre International de Recherche de l’Historial de la Grande Guerre in France, in cooperation with several other institutions, invites applications for a summer school for an international group of 20-30 MA and PhD students, on July 2-7. This year’s theme is The Environmental History of the First World War.  The languages of the summer school are both French and English.  A participant’s French need not be fluent.

More info and registration can be found here.

CfP: New Voices in the History of War

Oxford, 18 July 2018
Organisers: Anita Klingler, Dr Ismini Pells, Jan Tattenberg, Louis Morris

It is now more than a half-century since ‘new military history’ began to challenge the traditional orthodoxy among historians of war, and successive waves of social and cultural history during the intervening decades have made an indelible impact on the changing face of the subdiscipline. Despite several methodological revolutions, however, many aspects of the field remain little changed. These include the dominant focus on Western theatres of conflict and the twentieth century, the preponderance of male historians on panels and faculty rosters, and the marginal position of history of war within the academy.

This one-day conference aims to bring together diverse representatives of a new generation of researchers, and use their cutting-edge work as a starting point for discussions regarding the future of the history of war as a broad interdisciplinary enterprise. We invite doctoral students and early career researchers, including those working in other fields who have an interdisciplinary connection to the study of war, to submit papers on any aspect of warfare across all periods and places.

Potential themes include, but are not limited to:
• Past and future developments in the historiography of war
• Transnational networks as military actors
• Cultural and artistic depictions of warfare
• War and peace as evolving concepts in political thought
• Comparative global approaches to conflict
• Soldiers as case studies within the history of gender and race
• New approaches to operational military history

The day will conclude with a plenary discussion of the best way to advance the field and to increase the diversity of its approaches and participants.

The conference will be held at All Souls College, Oxford, on Wednesday 18th July 2018, with the generous financial support of the Pembroke College Annual Fund and the Oxford Centre for European History.

Abstracts (maximum 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes should be submitted to the organisers at newvoicesconference2018@gmail.com along with a CV or brief biographical text by 18th June 2018.

We aim to offer travel subsidies for speakers, and full details will be announced with the start of registration on 21st June 2018.

WESIPS Biennial Conference 2019

Wesips Conference 2019

May 23-25, 2019
The Center for Cross-Cultural Study (Spanish Studies Abroad) in Seville, Spain

Abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2018
Submission info can be found here.

Over millennia, warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality have brought much suffering to humankind. In an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-fertilization, WESIPS brings together a cadre of internationally recognized scholars to address the underlying causes of warfare, environmental degradation, and social inequality from a host of interdisciplinary and theoretical perspectives. Setting the stage for the cumulation of knowledge, this symposium seeks to uncover effective solutions which foster peace, altruism, cooperation, social equality, and sustainable use of natural resources.

More info here.

ASEH 2019 conference: A session on the 1920s and 1930s

Dear fellow scholars of militaries and the environment,

Over the last two ASEH meetings we have had fruitful panels on disease and the aftermath of World War I, war, nationalism and natural resources (2017), and strategic planning and civil wars between the world wars (2018). Based on these excellent panels, talk has emerged about pulling together a collected volume on the military environmental history of the interwar years, akin to The Long Shadows and the forthcoming multi-author volumes on World War I and on World War II in the United States. At the 2019 conference, it is high time we take the next step towards a volume on the years between the two global wars.

For the conference here in Columbus in 2019, I would like to propose that those of us interested broadly in the interwar years should develop a roundtable or panel that looks broadly at the major themes in interwar military environmental history. From the past panels I have observed three (possibly four) broad themes that we could collectively consider in this session: 1. environmental impacts of demobilization; 2. strategic planning of resources and resilience; 3. environmental preparation/remobilization for World War II (or lack thereof). The fourth potential theme could include civil wars, empires and colonial wars. Such a session would allow us to consider the meaningful impact of the environment in a historiography that has been dominated by a political and economic focus. Given the theme of the conference on “Using Environmental History” a discussion of strategic planning of resources and the lessons this history teaches us seems particularly timely and relevant.

If you are interested in participating in the roundtable, please send me a short email here describing your particular area of interest and how it fits into one or more of the aforementioned themes and I will put together a proposal contingent on sufficient interest.

Jim Harris
Ohio State University

Call for Abstracts (WESIPS 2019)

The organizers would like to invite you to consider submitting an abstract in consideration for the 2019 Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Pro-Sociability (WESIPS) Biennial Conference to be held at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville, Spain (see attached conference flier).

This symposium will take place on May 23-25, 2019.

This interdisciplinary conference seeks papers addressing one or more of the following topics: prehistoric/modern warfare, ritual violence, biodiversity, natural resource utilization, past and present cases of environmental degradation/sustainability, egalitarianism, advent of social complexity, social inequality, conflict resolution, and prosocial behavior.

Please note that the deadline for submitting an abstract is October 1, 2018.

To submit an abstract or for more information go to:

http://www.spanishstudies.org/wesips-conference.html

Please note that ALL submitted abstracts will be sent out for anonymous review. Therefore, an invitation to submit an abstract should not be considered as a guarantee of acceptance.

Additionally, participants are expected to make their own travel and lodging arrangements.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

Looking forward to your participation.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Chacon

Co-organizer of WESIPS 2019

3rd World Congress Of Environmental History

3rd World Congress of Environmental History

Convergences: The global south and the global north in the age of great acceleration.

22-26 July, 2019
Florianópolis, Brazil

More info here.

ESEH Biennial Conference 2019: Boundaries in/of Environmental History

ESEH Conference 2018

21-25 August 2019
Tallinn, Estonia

Hosting institution: Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK), University of Tallinn

The Next ESEH Biennial Conference will be held in Tallinn!

To build on the discussions at the 2017 biennial conference in Zagreb, the 2019 Tallinn conference will operate under the notion of “boundaries in/of environmental history”, and will expand the idea of natures in-between to reach out for boundaries between humans and non-humans, environment and technologies, transcorporeality, transboundary agents, planetary boundaries as well as disciplinary boundaries and boundaries of science and arts, activism, popular science, etc. Keep posted for a Call for Papers to be released in 2018! The CfP would include a specific call for inter-area/border-crossing panels to encourage cross-European comparison. We are excited to have Prof. Finn Arne Jørgensen as the head of Programme Committee.

ESEH Tallinn team has committed to an ambitious diversification policy that seeks to encourage different session formats that diversify the ways we transmit knowledge, and promote gender and age balance at our conference. We are also dedicated to seeking low-cost accommodation for participants with limited financial support. If you still cannot make it to Tallinn, don’t worry – we are hoping to live-stream some of the sessions!

See you in Tallinn!

 

Local organizing committee

Prof. Ulrike Plath (University of Tallinn)

Prof. Karsten Brüggemann (Tallinn University)

Prof. Tiiu Koff (Tallinn University)

Ass. Prof. Linda Kaljundi (Tallinn University)

Dr. Kati Lindström (KTH Royal Institute of Technology/ University of Tartu)

Ass. Prof. Marten Seppel (University of Tartu)

Dr. Erki Tammiksaar (Estonian University of Life Sciences and University of Tartu)

Dr. Kadri Tüür (Tallinn University and University of Tartu)

MA Liisi Jääts (Estonian National Museum)