SMH Annual Meeting 2018

SMH annual meeting 2018

Landscapes of War and Peace
April 5-8, 2018
Louisville, Kentucky

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NASOH annual conference 2018

NASOH Conference

St. Charles, Missouri
May 20-23, 2018

From the Rivers to the Oceans:
Inland Maritime History and the Nexus of Fresh and Salt Water


North America’s many navigable lakes and rivers have played defining roles in the history of the United States, Canada, and Mexico. War, commerce, exploration, recreation, and leisure, all played out over time on their banks and waters. Under the theme “From the Rivers to the Oceans,” the 2018 annual conference of the North American Society of Oceanic History (NASOH) seeks paper and panel proposals that explore the rich history of inland waters and spaces of convergence between fresh and salt waters. The program committee is particularly interested in papers and panels that address questions of freshwater environments, the relationship between inland water-borne commerce and urban growth, the place of rivers and lakes in the inland transportation system of indigenous and colonial peoples, the movement of people, goods, and ideas in the making of the West and other regions, the history of science, exploration, and mapping, the marine archaeology of shipwrecks and inland cultural sights obscured and revealed by dynamic river systems, and the place of war, military, and naval affairs. While the program committee will assign preference to these themes, it will also give full consideration to papers and panels focusing on oceanic environments.

Individual papers are welcome, but full sessions with three papers and a chair are preferred. A complete proposal must include a brief 500-word abstract for each paper and a one-page panel abstract (for complete panels), and a brief bio for each participant, including panel chairs. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to submit proposals. NASOH offers travel stipends to partly defray the cost of graduate student travel. The conference will provide accommodations for PowerPoint presentations, but any other special requirements, including audio-visual equipment, special outlets, or accommodations for disabilities should be noted in the proposal. Scholars interested in chairing sessions are welcome to send a brief bio to the Program Committee. All participants must register for the conference and be members of NASOH in good standing.

Please send paper and panel proposals to NASOH2018 @ gmail . com no later than February 1, 2018.

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Summer School on the Environmental History of the First World War

Peronne Historial Summer School

July 2-7, 2018
Péronne, Somme, France

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.

Military Landscapes Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks

Military Landscape Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks

Washington, D. C.
May 4-5. 2018

From Dumbarton Oaks:

Among various human interventions in the landscape, war has left one of the most lasting and eloquent records, literally inscribed in the face of the earth. Military landscapes can assume different forms and functions: vertical, as the Great Wall of China, or horizontal, as the Federal Interstate Highway System; overground and geometrically controlled, as the earthworks of the Renaissance trace italienne, or sunken and disguised by local topography, as the trenches of the First World War. They can be high-security sites, as the Pentagon, or tourist attractions, as Himeji Castle in Japan; curated, as the Gettysburg Battlefield, or neglected, as the outskirts of the Savannah River nuclear reservation site. In their most familiar form, they are national memorials as sites of remembrance and commemoration, which continue to have powerful emotional, political, and cultural resonance as places where historical memory is translated into myth.

This symposium aims to reevaluate the role of war as a fundamental form of human interaction with the land and a decisive factor in the ongoing transformation of the natural environment. What are the challenges and theoretical implications of understanding military infrastructure as a landscape from the disciplinary perspectives of cultural geography, architectural history, and environmental studies? And what is the role of the practice of landscape architecture in shaping, curating, and giving meaning to such landscapes?

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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

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.

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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

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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)