Changing Landscapes: The Environment of the Second World War

Second World War Research Group, North America Workshop

Mississippi State University

23-24 September 2018 

A workshop organised the Second World War Research Group, North America, in conjunction with the Department of History, Mississippi State University, MSU-Meridian, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, and the Society for Military History. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Robert Citino

Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at the National World War II Museum

War is shaped by the environments – physical and human – in which it takes place. At many points during the Second World War, the struggles of armies, navies, and air forces against environmental factors were as fierce as any campaign waged against an enemy. The complexities of the global war provide a rich background for the evaluation of the intersections between the environment and other categories of analysis, such as race, gender, politics, disease, and the changing tactical landscapes of the clash of arms. The Second World War Research Group, North America invites interested scholars, students, and members of the public to attend our workshop and help explore these questions in September 2018.

The keynote address will be given by Robert Citino, award-winning military historian and author of ten books including The Wehrmacht Retreats: Fighting a Lost War, 1943 (2012), Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942 (2007), and The German Way of War: From the Thirty Years’ War to the Third Reich (2005). In addition to Dr. Citino’s keynote, papers will be presented by distinguished World War II scholars from the United States and Canada. Confirmed speakers include Conrad Crane (US Army Heritage and Education Center), Benjamin Jones (Dakota State), Robert Engen (Royal Military College of Canada), Robert Jefferson (New Mexico), Kristin Mulready-Stone (Naval War College), Philip Rutherford (Marshall), and Katrin Paehler (Illinois State) The workshop is hosted by the Second World War Research Group, North America, in conjunction with the Department of History, Mississippi State University, MSU-Meridian, The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, and the Society for Military History. 

Registration Rate: Free. Attendees are still asked to register for the workshop in advance, sending the following information to the listed contact email:


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Dr. Kathryn Barbier, Professor of History, Mississippi State University


ASEH 2019

Columbus, OH
April 10-14, 2019

More info here.

See our special session on the 1920’s and 1930’s here.

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:

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.


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)