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

Email: kathryn.barbier@msstate.edu

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.

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

SMH Annual Meeting 2018

SMH annual meeting 2018

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

More info here.

ASEH Conference 2018

ASEH conference 2018

Riverside, CA
March 14-18, 2018

Please join us for the Environment and Military breakfast on Thursday morning.

More info here.

NASOH annual conference 2018

NASOH Conference

St. Charles, Missouri
May 20-23, 2018
SUBMISSIONS DUE FEB 1

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.

More info 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?

Learn more here.

No War 2017: War and the Environment

Presented by World Beyond War

Just following the International Day of Peace, and in the tradition of No War 2016: Real Security Without Terrorism, and the best speech any U.S. president ever gave, this year’s conference will focus on activism, including activist planning workshops, addressing how the antiwar and environmental movements can work together.

We encourage and can help you to hold similar events in other locations, and this event will be livestreamed so that other events can watch it.

WHO: Speakers will include: Gar Smith whose forthcoming book is The War and Environment Reader, and Max Blumenthal, Kevin Zeese, Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Bruce Gagnon, Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, David Swanson, Dale Dewar, Nadine Bloch, Richard Tucker, Pat Elder, Mike Stagg, Natalia Cardona, Lindsay Koshgarian, Suzanne Cole, Eric Teller, Robin Taubenfeld, Alice Day, Lincoln Day, Brian Trautman, Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Jill Stein, James Marc Leas, Jonathan King, Diane Wilson, Donnal Walter, Tony Jenkins, Medea Benjamin, Will Griffin, Alice Slater, Susi Snyder, Emily Wurth, Elizabeth Murray, Annie Machon, Tim DeChristopher. Read speakers’ bios.

Music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz, and by Emma’s Revolution, and by Bryan Cahall.

WHERE: American University Katzen Art Center
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
All events in the Recital Hall. Workshops on Sunday in the Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128.

WHEN:
Friday, Sept 22: 7-10 p.m.
Saturday, Sept 23: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept 24: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

AGENDA

Friday, Sept 22

7-8 p.m. Conference Opening Plenary: David Swanson, Jill Stein, Tim DeChristopher, plus music by Bryan Cahall.

8-10 p.m. our friends from the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence will present their annual award. Past recipients have included Coleen Rowley, Katharine Gun, Sibel Edmonds, Craig Murray, Sam Provance, Frank Grevil, Larry Wilkerson, Julian Assange, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Fingar, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, William Binney, and John Kiriakou. Presenting this year will be Elizabeth Murray and Annie Machon. Recipient(s) yet to be announced.

 

Saturday, Sept 23

9-10:15 a.m. Understanding the intersection of pro-environment and anti-war activism, with Richard Tucker, Gar Smith, and Dale Dewar.

10:30-11:45 a.m. Preventing domestic environmental damage of militarism, with Mike Stagg, Pat Elder, James Marc Leas.

11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. welcome back music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz.

1-2:15 p.m. Combining movements globally, with Robin Taubenfeld, Rev Lukata Mjumbe, Emily Wurth.

2:30-3:45 p.m. Financial tradeoffs, budgets, and conversion, with Lindsay Koshgarian, Natalia Cardona, and Bruce Gagnon.

4-5:15 p.m. Divestment from fossil fuels and weapons with Jonathan King, Susi Snyder, and Suzanne Cole.

5:15-6:45 dinner on your own
Here is a map showing restaurants and coffee shops on campus (PDF). There are many more options just up Nebraska Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue and the area of the American University / Tenleytown Metro stop. A shuttlebus makes it easy to get there and back.

6:45-7:30 Music by Emma’s Revolution.

7:30-9:00 Screening of episode 7 of Untold History of the United States, followed by discussion with Peter Kuznick, Ray McGovern, and David Swanson.

Sunday, Sept 24

9-10:15 a.m. Creative activism for the earth and peace, with Nadine Bloch, Bill Moyer, Brian Trautman.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Breakout workshop strategic planning sessions in Recital Hall, and in Rooms 112, 115, 123, and 128, and possibly outdoors.

Workshop 1: How the Internet Changes Activism with Donnal Walter.
Creating a culture of environmental responsibility, social justice, and peace requires viewing our individual efforts in continuity with the past and in cooperation with each other, all of us. What has greater potential for bringing the planet together than the World Wide Web? How can we as activists use the Web and social media to foster such collaboration? How do we tell a new story? And how do we use the global vision to motivate local action? The Internet is also known to contribute to division and polarization. How do we as activists resist this tendency? Yes, bring your laptop.

Workshop 2: Creative activism with Nadine Bloch and Bill Moyer.

Workshop 3: Educational Approaches to Foster Political Engagement for Peace and Planet, with Tony Jenkins.
How do we move people from concern to engagement and action? This is a fundamental challenge of both the peace and environmental movements. This interactive workshop – intended for both educators and activists – will introduce practical, formal, and non-formal transformative educational theories, strategies and approaches intended to foster active social and political engagement.

Workshop 4: Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Divestment Campaign from Corporations Involved in the Manufacture and Maintenance of Nuclear Weapons, with Jonathan King, Alice Slater, Susi Snyder, Suzanne Cole, and Eric Teller.
These campaigns, which can be carried out by a small group, educate the public to the profits that are one of the driving forces for the continuation of nuclear weapons programs, and offers the possibility of bringing economic pressure in support of nuclear disarmament.  The “Don’t Bank on the Bomb” campaign was developed in the Netherlands and operates throughout Europe.There the focus is on requesting investment funds to exclude corporations making nuclear weapons from their portfolios. Since the launch of that Campaign, 122 nations with a mandate from the UN General Assembly voted for a treaty to prohibit nuclear weapons which bans them and outlaws any prohibited activities related to nuclear weapons, including use, threat to use, development, testing, production, manufacturing, acquiring, possession, stockpiling, transferring, receiving, stationing, installation, and deployment. In the U.S. the nuclear weapons corporations are a much more significant component of the economy.The first successful campaign in the US was requesting the Cambridge City Council  to ask its Municipal Pension Fund to divest from such corporations, in particular Lockheed-Martin. The U.S. Conference of Mayors has adapted a supportive resolution. Such campaigns can be directed at Pension Funds, College and University endowments, Church holdings, and related investments. The Future of Life Institute is leading the effort to make it easy for individuals to move their retirement and other personal investments out of funds that includes nuclear weapons manufacture in their portfolio.

Workshop 5: Closing Military Bases with Medea Benjamin, Will Griffin.
The U.S. has 800 bases around the planet. These bases are provocations to the rest of the world. With so many bases the Department of Defense should be called the Department of Offense. U.S. military bases don’t just provoke other militaries, but they also displace entire communities, break democratic systems, violate human rights, destroy their environments, and so much more. But in response to these bases, struggles around the world have risen up and are fighting back against US imperialism. These are the struggles we can learn about and support to create an international citizens movement to close all foreign bases.

12-1 p.m. catered lunch by D.C. Vegan

1-2 p.m. Reporting back and discussion in Recital Hall

2:15-3:30 p.m. Halting the environmental damage of distant U.S. wars, with Kathy Kelly, Brian Terrell, Max Blumenthal.

3:45-5:00 p.m. Building a Joint Peacenvironmentalist / Envirantiwar Movement, with Kevin Zeese, Anthony Rogers-Wright, Diane Wilson.

5:00-6:30 p.m. dinner on your own
Here is a map showing restaurants and coffee shops on campus (PDF). There are many more options just up Nebraska Avenue to Wisconsin Avenue and the area of the American University / Tenleytown Metro stop. A shuttlebus makes it easy to get there and back.

6:30-7:15 Music by The Irthlingz Duo: Sharon Abreu and Michael Hurwicz.

7:15-9:00 p.m. Film screening and discussion: Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War, with Alice Day and Lincoln Day.

 

ASEH Conference Sessions 2017

ASEH Conference – 2017 – Sessions on War and Environment

Conference info here

Thursday, March 30

8:30 to 10:00: The Cold War, the American West, and the Environment

A Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Effects of Cold War: Uranium Mining in Grants, New Mexico. Robynne Mellor, Georgetown University

Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination. Leisl Carr Childers, University of Northern Iowa

A Military-Industrial Cleanup: The End of the Cold War and the Remediation of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Curtis Foxley, University of Oklahoma

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

10:30 to 12:00: The Struggle for Survival: War, Nationalism, and Natural Resources

Germany’s ‘Wooden Walls’: Timber as a Strategic Raw Material during the First World War. Jeffrey K. Wilson, California State University, Sacramento

Global Trading Giant or “Have-Not” Country? Natural and National Resource Anxieties in 1930s Japan. Eric Dinmore, Hampden-Sydney College

Serving His Nation: Carl Schenck, the Timber Trade, and German Remilitarization, 1918-1945. Scott Moranda, SUNY Cortland

A Member of the Food Chain: Primary Productivity from the Third Reich to the International Biological Program, 1930- 1974. Adam Lawrence, University of California, Los Angeles

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

3:30 – 5:00: Strategic Nature: World War II and the Mobilization of the American Environment (Roundtable)

Kellen Backer, Syracuse University; Jean A. Mansavage, U.S. Air Force Historical Studies Office; Kent Curtis, Ohio State University; Ryan Edgington, Independent Scholar; Chris Rein, U.S. Army, Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Moderator: Tom Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Friday, March 31

8:30 – 10:00: Drained, Dumped, and Despoiled: War and Peace in the Great Lakes of Europe

The “Peaceful Conquest” of Kopaïda. David Idol, University of California, San Diego

Dumped Munitions in Swiss Lakes – A Historical Perspective on Military Waste Management. Elodie Charrière, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, and Rémi Baudouï, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva

The European Great Lakes: A Divided History. Simo Laakkonen, University of Turku

Chair: Sarah R. Hamilton, Auburn University

Saturday, April 1

8:30 – 10:00: Incidental Landscapes of War: Military Manipulation, Commodification, and Utilization of Nature

“To leave delightful fields for barren wilderness”: Ordering Wilderness Landscapes during the American Revolution. Daniel S. Soucier, University of Maine

Ecological Imperialism in a European Context: The Incidental Landscapes of War in Napoleonic Italy. Joseph Horan, Colorado School of Mines

Growing Patriots: Victory Gardens, Children, and Civic Identity in World War II. Anastasia Day, University of Delaware

Chair: Lisa Brady, Boise State University

10:30 – 12:00: Disease and the Transition from War to Peace in Europe, 1918-1923

Environment, Disease, and Red Army Triumph: from Civil War to NEP, 1918-1921. John P Davis, Kentucky Community and Technical College System/Hopkinsville Community College

Fighting War, Fighting Flu: The British Battle with Pandemic Influenza during and after the First World War. James Harris, Ohio State University

‘Postwar’ Relief to Wartime Poland: The ARAEFC and Poland’s Battle Against TB, 1919-1923. Paul Niebrzydowski, Ohio State University

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

Commentator: Colin Duncan, Queens College

ASEH conference 2017

2017 conference – Chicago

Winds of Change: Global Connections across Space, Time, and Nature
Dates: March 29 – April 2, 2017
Location: Drake Hotel, downtown Chicago (Magnificent Mile)
Host: University of Illinois-Chicago
More info here.

Panel Schedule here.

We are looking for contributors to a panel for ASEH 2017 on war (or geopoltical conflict more broadly), nationalism, and the international trade of natural resources. In particular, we are interested in conflicts between national interests, resource conservation, and liberal trade regimes. How do nationalists mobilize notions of the natural or the organic in their conceptualizations of national or international economies? How do they draw on ideas of Darwinian resource competition or national survival in discussions of mining, logging, or agriculture? Jeff Wilson plans on contributing a paper on World War One, Germany, and timber supplies. Scott Moranda aims to contribute a paper on forester Carl Schenck and Germany’s engagement with the international timber trade in the Weimar and Nazi periods.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. Thank you for all of your submissions.

 

World War II and the Environment Workshop 2016

“The Nature of War: American Environments and World War II”

Workshop at Ohio State University, February 25-27, 2016

“Smoke ‘Em if You’ve Got ‘Em: Environmental, Agricultural, and Industrial Implications of
Cigarette Consumption during World War II,”
Joel R. Bius, Air Command and Staff College, Alabama joel.bius@us.af.mil

“Fueling the ‘American Century’: Establishing the U.S. Petroleum Imperative during the WWII
Brian Black, Penn State University, Altoona bca4@psu.edu

“On Nuclear Landscapes and Nuclear Science“
Kate Brown, University of Maryland, Baltimore kbrown@umbc.edu

“Alloys and Allies: World War II, Mineral Scarcity and Post-war Foreign Policy”
Kent (Kip) Curtis, Ohio State University, Mansfield kip.curtis@bmail.com

“Growing Factories: Employee Victory Gardening Programs in World War II”
Anastasia Day, University of Delaware anastasiaday@me.com

“The Nature and Business of War: Drilling for Oil in Wartime Los Angeles”
Sarah Elkind, San Diego State University selkind@mail.sdsu.edu

“The Biologists’ War: Biological Warfare and the Limits of Environment Annihilation during
World War II”
Gerard J. Fitzgerald, George Mason University gfitzge@gmu.edu

“’Germicidal Gold Rush’: The Invention, Promotion and Legacy of Hexachlorophene in American
Hygiene Products”
Martha Gardner, MCPHS University, Boston MA martha.gardner@mcphs.edu

“For Land’s Sake: Acquiring and Using Property for National Defense during World War II”
Jean A. Mansavage, U.S. Air Force History Office, Washington D.C. mansavag@rcn.com

“Protecting the Shoreline: Marine Woodborers, Coastal Landscapes, and Shifting Baselines,
1920 – 1960”
Derek Lee Nelson, University of New Hampshire dekesn@gmail.com

“Total War and the Total Environment: World War II and American Conservationists”
Thomas Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA tbr@wpi.edu

“Soldiers of the Soil: Labor, Nature, and American during World War II”
Kendra Smith-Howard, SUNY-Albany ksmith-howard@albany.edu

“Automobiles, Trucks, and Planes: World War II, American Transportation, and the
Environment”
Christopher Wells and Thomas Robertson. Christopher Wells, Macalester College MN
wells@macalester.edu

Society for Military History Conference 2016

World War I and the Environment: Global Resource Allocation, Militarization, and the Nature of Raw Materials
Ottawa, April 14 – 17, 2016

*** UPDATE ***

Friday, April 15, 10:30 – 12:00

Roundtable: THE “NEW” MILITARY HISTORY: INTERSECTIONS WITH THE HISTORY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, GENDER, AND RACE

Chair: James Grossman, Executive Director, American Historical Association

Beth Bailey, University of Kansas

Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University

Jennifer Mittelstadt, Rutgers University

Commentator: Jeffrey Grey, President, Society for Military History/University of New South Wales Canberra

***

Harvest for War:

Fruits, Nuts, Imperialism and Gas Mask Manufacture in the United States During World War I

 

Gerard J. Fitzgerald (George Mason University)

 

Wood Goes to War:

World War I and American Lumber and Lumber Policies

 

James Lewis (Forest History Society)

 

World War I and the Transformation of the Fossil Fuels Economy

 

Richard Tucker (University of Michigan)

For more information visit the conference site here.

ASEH Conference 2016

At the annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History, in Seattle on March 30 – April 3, our annual War and Environment breakfast will be on Friday morning.  Everyone is welcome to participate, to meet colleagues and join a brief discussion of our network.

The conference program includes three sessions on war and environment:

War and Environmental History (Friday, 8:30 a.m.)

Chair: Gabriella Petrick (University of New Haven)

Presenters: Michael O’Hagan (Western University): “In the Midst of the Canadian Bush”: German Prisoners of War in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park

Sean Halverson (San Joaquin Delta College):  Conquering an Unforgiving Countryside: How America’s Environment Shaped Confining Prisoners of War in the American Revolution

Gerard J. Fitzgerald (George Mason University): Harvest for War: Fruits, Nuts, Imperialism, and Gas Mask Production in the United States During World War I

 

Saturday, April 2  10:30 am – 12:00 noon —  Two sessions:

State, Rebels, and Nature: War and the Environment from a Chinese Perspective

Chair: Tait Keller (Rhodes College)

Presenters: Brian Lander (Harvard University): Warfare, Resource Mobilization and State Formation in Qin, 481-208 BCE

Jack Hayes (Kwantlen Polytechnic University and University of British Columbia): Walls, Bootprints, Ashes, and Floods in the Landscape: Environmental Effects of Banditry, Small Scale Conflict(s), and Insurgencies in China’s Military Environmental History, 1720s-1931

Yan Gao (University of Memphis): Corridors of War: Waterway Transportation during the Taiping Era

 

Environmental Impacts of World War II in the Pacific Northwest

Moderator: Richard Tucker (University of Michigan)

Presenters: Katherine Macica (Loyola University Chicago)

Paul Hirt (Arizona State University)

William L. Lang (Portland State University)

Joseph E. Taylor (Simon Fraser University)

Tina Adcock (Simon Fraser University)


For more information and to register for the conference, visit the ASEH site here.

ESEH Conference 2017

The next biennial ESEH meeting will be held June 28 – July 2, 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia.

UPDATE: Submission deadline passed. Thank you for your submissions.

Panel Schedule Here.

The theme will be “Contact/Conflict Environments – Environments in areas of contact among states, economic systems, cultures and religions”. Because of unusual shape of Croatia’s territory and because of its historical development as a contact or conflict area of different worlds – Christianity and Islam, maritime and continental tradition to name a few – Croatia is a great place to study contact environments. Different cultures and different economies have different ways of using the environment and its resources. Such heterogeneity can be seen in present and past landscapes. Croatia is also a prime example of a conflict environment due to its characteristic of a “border-country”: due to historical circumstances and conflicts of major European powers during the last 500 years, it is shaped as a crescent and there is no place within Croatia that is located more than 70 km from an international border. Borders between different cultural groups and historical political entities have created visible marks in the landscape, including in urban and peri-urban areas. Excursions planned for the conference will highlight zones and places of contact and/or conflict.

For more information on the conference or to submit proposals, go to the Conference Website.

Conference on Landscapes of the Great War

Dates: 10-12 September 2015

Location: Trento and Padova, Italy

Sponsor: International Society for First World War Studies

See: H-net, 4 September 2014

Program: Not yet announced, as of January 2015

Workshop on Nature Protection, Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries during the Cold War

Dates: 29-30 May, 2015

Location: German Historical Institute, Washington, D. C.

Convenors: Astrid Mignon Kirchhof (Georgetown U. and German Historical Institute) and John McNeill (Georgetown U.)

Information: ak1353@georgetown.edu

Conference on Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies (WESIPS)

Dates: 29-30 May, 2015

Location: Center for Cross-Cultural Study, Seville, Spain

Information: Prof. Richard J. Chacon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Winthrop  University, Rock Hill, SC 29733. chaconr@winthrop.edu

Workshop on War and Geography

Date: 1 May, 2015

CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

The program includes: Roy MacLeod, “Geography, Geology and Strategy: Scientific Goals and Military Operations, 1914-1918”; Martin G. Clemis, “The Geography of the Second Indochina War: Irregular War, the Environment, and the Struggle for South Vietnam”; Swen Steinberg, “Mountains and Woods in Two Wars: Forestry and Mining Science in Germany and the US between National Military Utilization and the Development of a Global Knowledge on Resources (1914-1918/ 1939- 1945)”; and Richard Tucker, “Mass Conflict, Refugee Movements, and Environmental Dislocation.”

ESEH Conference 2015

The biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History will be in Versailles on 30 June – 3 July. It will include panels on the environmental history of the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, as well as other sessions on war and environment that will be announced shortly. The call for papers and sessions is already closed, but posters can be submitted until February 20th. Early registration ends on March 31st. Watch for further news of the program and field trips here

ASEH Conference 2015

The annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History will be in Washington, D.C. on 18-21 March. Early registration will end on February 28th, so be sure to sign up soon.

We will hold our annual War and Environment breakfast on Thursday morning the 19th at 7:15, to discuss our network’s activities and pursue networking. Following the breakfast, at 8:30 that morning, there is a panel on “Empire, Revolution and Local Governance: Military-Environmental Convergence.” On Sunday there will be a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry led by Lisa Brady, Tim Silver and Gerry Fitzgerald. To register for the breakfast and/or the field trip, Find more information at the conference website here.

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World War 1 Anniversary Relevant Conferences and Papers

The Global Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Roundtable for American Society for Environmental History Conference, March 12-16, 2014

Joseph Hupy, “The Battle of Verdun: The Legacy a Century Later”

Tait Keller, “Nature and War on the Frontiers of Empires, 1914-1918”

Thaddeus Sunseri, “Environmental Dimensions of World War I in Africa”

Jack Hayes, “Ecosystems and World War I in East Asia”

Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Panel at Society for Military History, April 5, 2014

Tait Keller, “The Global Reach of the Great War: An Environmental Approach”

Byron Pearson, “An Organization of Splendid Efficiency: The Incredible Accomplishments of the

Engineers during World War I”

Gerard J. Fitzgerald, “The Chemists’ War: Medical and Environmental Consequences of Chemical

Warfare during World War I”

World War I and the Environment: Extracting Global Natural Resources

Panel for World Conference on Environmental History, July 7-11, 2014

Tait Keller, “A Baneful Harvest: Agriculture and the Arming of Nations in the First World

Richard Tucker “Caffeine, the Indispensable Stimulant: Tea and Coffee Production for

Dan Tamïr, “Enter Petroleum: The War and the Debut of Oil on the Global Stage”

Discussant: Roger Chickering

Environmental History and World War I

Rachel Carson Center Workshop, Washington, D.C., August 4-5, 2014

   First panel: Extracting Global Natural Resources

      Roy MacLeod: “The ‘Minerals Sanction’: The Great War and the Conservation and Use of

      Dan Tamir: “Something New under the Fog of War: World War I and the Debut of Oil on the

      Jack Hayes: “World War I Environments, Military Actions, and Resource Management in East

      Tait Keller: “Extracting the Energy of Empires”

   Second panel: Agro-ecosystems, Food Supplies and Animals

      Alice Weinreb: “Beans are Bullets, Potatoes are Powder: Food as a Weapon of War during the

      Ernst Langthaler: “Dissolution before Dissolution: Agro-Food Chains in Austro-Hungary in the

      Ingo Heidbrink: “World War I: The Unexpected Stimulus for the Beginning of Global Over-

      Gene Tempest: “Horses Have No Country: American Equines and the Global Military

      Marketplace, 1899-1917”

   Third panel: The Middle East – Ecosystems, Resources, Refugees, and Famine

      Maria Six-Hohenbalken: “Upper Mesopotamia during World War I: Humanitarian Catastrophes

      and Commercial Intentions – Sources from Austrian Archives”

      Steven Serels: “Starving for Someone Else’s Fight: The First World War and Famine in the Red

      Zachary Foster: “Why are Famines so Deadly in the Modern Period? Syria during World War I”

      Graham Pitts: “The Famine of World War I and the Creation of Lebanon”

   Fourth panel: Additional Dimensions

      James Lewis: “Foresters at War: World War I and the Transformation of American Timber

      Anna-Katharina Wőbse: “Disruption and Recommencement: International Conservation

      Networks and World War I”

      Gerard Fitzgerald: “The Chemist’s War: Edgewood Arsenal, World War I, and the Birth of a

      Militarized Landscape”

      Frank Uekoetter: “Memories in Mud: Reflections on the Environmental Legacy of the Great

  Roger Chickering: Concluding Observations

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Resisting war in the 20th century

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
Lisbon, 27, 28 February and 1 March 2014

Keynote speakers: Paul Preston, Benjamin Stora, Joanna Bourke, Catherine Lutz, Chen Alon, José Manuel Pureza, Fernando Rosas, João Freire, Aniceto Afonso

The twentieth century witnessed the substantial intensification of the phenomenon of total war. The distance between the front and the home vanished as the difference between combatants and civilians became tenuous; the society as a whole became engaged in war, with each individual considered responsible to contribute to the war effort. This was true not only of the two world wars but also of such conflicts as civil wars, colonial wars, or wars of independence. In response to the nature of total war, the universe of resistance to war also became broad and diverse, employing a variety of means not limited to armed resistance. We are interested in the concrete acts of resistance as well as in the broader sweep of the impact and meanings of resistance: of its mobilization, its confrontation with participants in the conflict, and the ways in which it has been remembered.

This congress intends to promote debate about the multiple kinds of resistance to war as well as explore the different academic approaches taken to studying it, especially but not exclusively in history, anthropology, sociology and political science as well as literary, cultural, artistic, subaltern and gender studies.

We call for empirical, theoretical or methodological papers that discuss the issue of resistance to war in the twentieth century in its multiple performances and visions, in different observation scales. We hope to see studies highlighting different actors, institutions, practices and speeches and also hegemonic or counter-hegemonic collective representations.

We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions to send presentation proposals that address, however we will consider other topics, these general questions or the following themes:

Great World Wars
Civil Wars
Independence Wars
Empires in question/Empire’(s) war (s)
Total war: technology and control
Nationalism, colonialism and independence movements
War against war: subversion and guerrilla
Deserters, dislocates and refugees
Peacebuilding and conflict resolution
International organizations and movements
Social movements and collective action
Ideology and engagement (intellectual)
Gender experiences
Trauma.
War representations and War culture (Visual and cinematic representations, material culture, literature, propaganda, etc.)
War memory

 

Contact information:

Instituto de História Contemporânea – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Av. de Berna, 26 C 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal

E-Mail: resistingwar2014@gmail.com

Site: http://resistingwar2014.wordpress.com