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    • March 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • March 28, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • virtual

    ACFF presents conservation-focused films and programs that engage, inform, and inspire.

    We accomplish this by:

    • Curating and presenting contemporary films on conservation issues.
    • Supporting emerging filmmakers and new film projects.
    • Providing educational, interactive opportunities for filmmakers, audience members, and youth.
    • Partnering with organizations, businesses, and individuals to share information and strengthen resources.

    The 2021 Festival features 48 conservation-focused films (all with FREE ACCESS), panel discussions & interviews with filmmakers and conservation experts, happy hours & watch parties.


    • April 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    The organizers of #FlipTheList will discuss their initiative to enrich and diversify Wikipedia's list of environmental books and will offer a brief introduction to editing Wikipedia so that participants can take time during the week to make their own additions.

    The organizers hope to get as many people as possible; all who wish to learn about and create a more diverse environmental history are welcome.

    Register here.

    • April 09, 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • virtual

    Talk by Tristan Brown

    This seminar is part of the Seminars in Environmental Agricultural History Series and is sponsored by MIT’s History Faculty and Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

    Register at

    • April 16, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the work and contributions of the winner of the

    2020 ASEH Distinguished Scholar Award.

    • April 17, 2021
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)

    "Water from the Wilderness: Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco Bay," a KQED documentary, tells the fascinating and troubled history of our water supply and how the battles over rights continue today.

    The independent 60-minute film is produced/directed/ and co-written by Emmy and Peabody Award-winner Jim Yager. Interviewees include: Writer/journalist Gary Kamiya; Historian Robert Cherny; Author Gray Brechin; San Diego State University Environmental, Political, and Urban Historian Sarah Elkind; Peter Gleick from the Pacific Institute, Peter Drekmeier from The Tuolumne River Trust, Sejal Choksi-Chugh from San Francisco BayKeeper, Harlan L Kelly and Steve Ritchie from the SF Public Utilities Commission, and 91-year old Neil Fahy who was with his parents at the inaugural ceremony at Pulgas Water Temple on October 24th, 1934 when the waters from Hetch Hetchy first arrived in San Francisco taps.

    This film will be available for screening from April 17 through April 25 (no specific times) at:

    • April 19, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    We aim at the latest research on Portuguese environmental history. Through sessions of 20 minutes each, fully digitalized, researchers will have the chance to bring part of their work to the discussion. The presentations will then be discussed. We intend to send communications to associations and newspapers, in order to discuss multiple knowledge agents. Due to the pandemic crisis, we advise all interested parties to stay at home and remember Earth Day with us, through our webinar.

    We propose 8 to 10 papers to be accepted, completing one morning of work.

    Start time: 1PM

    End time: 4 PM

    Paper proposals due January 31, 2021.

    For more information, contact José Rafael Soares (, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

    • April 19, 2021
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)

    The Greenhouse Environmental Humanities Book Talk series will host a special panel discussion featuring environmental historians who have presented their books in the series during the last year.

    Our panelists will reflect upon the place of their own work within the larger framework of environmental humanities: After having written their book as a historian, do they think the book has something to contribute to environmental humanities scholars who are not historians? If so, what is that?

    Confirmed participants include: Bathsheba Demuth (author of Floating Coast), Peder Anker (author of The Power of the Periphery), Angela Cassidy (author of Vermin, Victims, and Disease), Rocio Gomez (author of Silver Veins, Dusty Lungs), and Etienne Benson (author of Surroundings), along with hosts Finn Arne Jørgensen and Dolly Jørgensen (author of Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age).

    Organized by The Greenhouse at UiS

    See for information and link to the live event.

    • April 19, 2021
    • 11:15 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This research colloquium is held by the three historical institutes of the University of Innsbruck/Austria.

    During Environmental History Week 2021, we open this forum for environmental historians from all over the world and invite them to discuss John McNeill's interpretation of the industrial revolution.

    The organizers are part of ESEH German Speaking Countries.

    • April 19, 2021
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    How do we get out of our local/national/global ecological mess? Can the history of American environmental activism chart a path forward? The members of this panel have spent years thinking about this question, and their answers may surprise you. One panelist thinks our best option will be to stop saving the planet! Everyone on the panel finds inspiration in stories that largely have been neglected in both scholarly and popular commentary about efforts to address environmental problems. Join us for a lively (and hopeful) debate about what we can learn from the past about building a just and sustainable future.

    Sara Fingal, California State University, Fullerton

    Robert Gioielli, University of Cincinnati (Moderator)

    Jenny Price, Washington University

    Adam Rome, University at Buffalo

    Nicole Seymour, California State University, Fullerton

    Ellen Griffith Spears, University of Alabama

    Hosted by University of Cincinnati

    • April 19, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This panel will explore diverse approaches to publishing articles in the field of environmental history. Bringing together the editors of six leading journals—Environmental History, Environmental Humanities, HALAC, Agricultural History, Isis, and Water History—the panel will offer a candid conversation about how academic fields are established, framed, and redirected through journals. Along the way, the editors will offer practical tips for framing article manuscripts to best advantage.

    • April 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions

    In collaboration with the

    University of Oregon's Center for Environmental Futures 

    Three films focusing on toxins will be available for screening from April 17 through April 25 (no specific times--there will be a password-protected Vimeo link.

    The films are:

    Around Crab Orchard (70 min.)

    East LA Interchange (57 min.)

    Painted Nails (57 min.)

    "Meet the Filmmakers" will include a conversation and Q&A with:

    Erica Jordan and Dianne Griffin ("Painted Nails") on April 19, 3 p.m. EDT.

    Betsy Kalin ("East LA Interchange) on April 20, 3 p.m. EDT

    Sarah Kanouse ("Around Crab Orchard"), 2 p.m. EDT.

    • April 19, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Virtual

    From a theoretical and methodological point of view, we propose to discuss the concepts of nature and territory used in our research, where the central question is the relationship between geography and history in the approaches to Latin American environmental history. We intend to reflect on the epistemological theoretical aspects and the methodological aspects of the concepts and disciplines. For this reason, the events are divided into three: where the first, epistemological theory will take place on 4/19/2021 at 3:00 p.m., the second, methodological theory will take place on 4/20/2021 at 3:00 p.m. and the last event will take place on 4/21/2021 at 3:00 p.m. The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History. The triggering question of the discussion is how spatiality (locations, distances and distributions) can enrich the environmental stories that we tell, or presented in another way, what are the relationships between spatiality and earthiness (the inescapable earthly condition of humans). It is in this search that theoretical, epistemological, methodological and empirical works are presented.

    The first table (a) corresponds to the epistemological-theoretical axis and three works are presented, one on the construction of the concept of the “Brazilian scene”, using Lowenthal's framework; the second work refers to the links and exchanges of materials between Spain and its colonies during the 18th century and finally the work on climate and weather geographers in Latin America (Cuba and Mexico)

    The second table (b) corresponds to the theoretical-methodological axis. Three works are presented, the first on flights for the study of the geography of Cuba between 1931 and 1932, then, the contributions of the Berkeley School in Historical Geography and Environmental History Latin America, and finally, the theoretical-methodological links between Historical Geography and Environmental History seen in the interpretation of the landscapes of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.

    The third and last table (c), presents three applied works. The first work deals with the ways in which the natural features of the national territory helped shape the process of state formation in Colombia, then the historical geography of the Guarani Jesuit missions of Argentina, and finally, historical and geographical reports of agricultural colonization in central Brazil between 1930 and 1950.

    The objective is to share the reflections with the academic public, in the search for consensus on the conceptual basis with which we approach Environmental History in Latin America, from Geography and History.

    Organized by Marina Miraglia, Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento

    with Sociedad Latinoamericana y Caribeña de Historia Ambiental (SOLCHA)

    • April 19, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the winner of the

    2020 ASEH George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history

    • April 19, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Roundtable convened by CHSTM working group ‘Under Stormy Skies: Atmospheric Science, Technology, and Society’

    Hosted by CHSTM on Zoom on 19th April 2021, 19.00 EST.

    This roundtable proposes to interrogate two concepts within the interconnected histories of science, climate and environment. First, it considers how climate and environmental historians and scholars engaged in the history of science are bridging existing gaps between the three fields. Disaster history has traditionally been placed at this nexus examining, for instance, multi-field responses to extreme weather including transformations of urban, coastal and riverine landscapes through nature-induced damage but also through rebuilding and risk management efforts. This roundtable seeks to build on such work through our second concept: exploring alternative or new ways of reading and connecting climate and environment. It does so by engaging scholars working at the nexus of science, climatic and environmental histories - across themes that are connected to social, environmental and scientific transformations. These include colonialism and its relationship with changes to indigenous communities and landscapes; disaster, extreme weather and climate; land reclamation and surveying and meteorology, weather science and knowledge making. In doing so, the roundtable also proposes to address the methodological challenges and rewards of working across these related areas and suggest pathways toward future methodological apparatus.

    Panellists and themes:

    Chair: Dr Ruth Morgan (ANU)
    Ruth Morgan is Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is researching the environmental exchanges between British India and the Australian colonies during the long nineteenth century.

    Cyclone Carol and the Remaking of Urban Space in Mauritius, 1950s-1970s
    Robert Rouphail (Susquehanna University): 
    Rouphail is Assistant Professor of African history whose research investigates the social, political, and environmental histories of empire and decolonization in East Africa and the western Indian Ocean World.

    Humans versus wetlands: connecting intertidal livelihoods across the modern Malay world
    Geoffrey K. Pakiam (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore): Pakiam works on societies and commodity frontiers in Southeast Asia, particularly the environmental history of Malay world coastal communities.

    El Niño and the human-environment nexus: drought and vulnerability in Singapore 1877-1911
    Fiona Williamson (Singapore Management University): Williamson is an environmental historian, with a particular interest in climate, extreme weather and in weather science in colonial Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

    Human Sensors and Climate Machines: Collecting Environmental Data in Colonial Africa
    Philipp Lehmann (UCR): Lehmann is Assistant Professor at UC Riverside, who works on the history of colonial climate science in Africa and Europe from the late nineteenth to the middle of the twentieth centuries.

    The Future of Climate History in South Asia
    Sarah Carson (Northwestern): Carson is an historian of modern South Asia studying the intersections between weather reasonings, prediction technologies, and state-society relations.

    Panelists will speak for 10 minutes each, followed by a discussion chaired by Ruth Morgan.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (UTC+03:00)
    • Kyiv, Ukraine

    Modern global environmental agenda: problems, challenges, prospects, experience of Ukraine

    Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv


    At the beginning of the XXI century, humanity is on the brink of environmental disaster; problems such as climate change; deforestation; soil erosion; desertification; biodiversity loss; air, land and oceans pollution; the invasion of harmful species; and pandemics such as the COVID-19 virus are becoming threatening.

    Although, since the 1970s, the international community has made significant efforts to overcome these problems and put humanity on the path to sustainable development, their effectiveness is insufficient. Environmental situation is steadily deteriorating as new challenges - growing scarcity of resources and food; social and technological inequality; poverty; unemployment etc. - are constantly emerging. Therefore, the international environmental agenda requires urgent and constant updating and the adoption of new radical decisions and agreements.

    This roundtable focuses on the problems and imperatives of the global environmental agenda and is looking for answers to the following questions. How has it been developed since the foundation of UNEP in 1972? What changes are needed today taking into consideration problems and challenges of the global development? What are the positive experiences of different regions and different countries including Ukraine in developing national environmental policies and implementing important environmental protection solutions?

    Participants of the roundtable are: teachers (lecturers and professors), students and graduate students of the Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Kyiv National University named Taras Shevchenko, researchers from different universities and research institutions of Ukraine and other countries.

    Date: 20 April, 2021, 10.00-13.00 (Ukrainian time), 03:00-06:00 (Eastern Time).

    Working language: Ukrainian, Russian, English.

    The roundtable is planned to be held online on the Zoom platform with a broadcast on Facebook.


    Regional representation of ESEH in Ukraine (regional representative - Ph.D., senior researcher of the State Institution "Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine" Tetiana Perga),

    Department of Modern and Contemporary History of Foreign Countries of Historical Faculty of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, educational programs: American Studies and European Studies; Oriental Studies (representative – Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Oleg Mashevsky).

    Deadline for applications – 5 April, 2021

    ESEH Representative in Ukraine

    For more information, contact

    • April 20, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)

    We invite you to join the "environmental" part of our annual PhD-workshop on economic, social and environmental history, which is organized by the University of Salzburg in cooperation with the "Austrian Economic and Social Historians (AESH)", the "Environmental History Cluster Austria (" and the "European Society for Environmental History (ESEH)".

    Firstly, two papers will be presented and discussed by peers and the audience: Starting at 3 pm CET (9 am EST): Alwin Cubasch (Innsbruck): "From Space to Home: NASA's spin-off projects to establish space food on American dining tables in the 1970s" (comment: Verena Winiwarter)

    Starting at 4 pm CET (10 am EST): Petra Machold (Vienna): "Colonial sugar production in the periphery of Quito, Ecuador in the late 18th century" (comment: Christiane Berth)

    Finally, starting at 5:30 pm CET (11:30 am EST), we welcome you to attend our keynote on "The place of gender in contemporary Austrian and European environmental history", which will be delivered by Anna-Katharina Wöbse (Giessen), who is a renowned/experienced environmental historian and curator, with research interests including environmental movements and environmental biographies, animal-human relations, as well as women and gender.

    If you are interested in attending the online paper-presentation and/or the keynote, please give a short note to

    • April 20, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Virtual

    The Food, Agriculture & Sustainability SIG brings together scholars at the intersection of food and the environment. Any one with an interest is welcome.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    In this online panel, university press representatives will demystify the publishing process, from preparing a book proposal to publicizing the finished book. Along the way, they will also shed light on how presses select books, the differences in writing for scholars vs. general readers, what kind of editorial support to expect from a publisher, the value of peer review, and how to think about positioning environmental history for a broader audience. Questions welcome.

    Panelist include:

    Bridget Barry, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Nebraska Press

    Rachael Levay, Acquisitions Editor, University Press of Colorado & Utah State University Press

    Andrew Berzanskis, Senior Acquisitions Editor, University of Washington Press

    Organized by the University of Washington Press

    Additional details and meeting link to follow.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the winner of the

    2021 ASEH Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history

    • April 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    The global pandemic of COVID-19 has trapped many people sheltering “in-place.”Simultaneously, more human activity than ever before is transpiring place-lessly over the internet, in cyber rooms, and digital spaces. These contradictory trends only exacerbate a conundrum common to young scholars in environmental history: the personal/intellectual drive to be rooted in the past and place, versus the economic imperatives to be migratory and mutable. While there are many structural issues that need to be addressed, this session will break some of the tacit silence on a series of problems that drive many scholars, especially those from underrepresented groups, from careers in the academy. How can academia be more inclusive? How can intellectual communities be crafted between heterogeneous individuals, across global distances, and despite economic precarity?

    The session features scholars who have written about the importance of community, connection, and belonging for Environmental History Now, an online platform that showcases the environmental-related work and expertise of graduate students and early career scholars who identify as women, trans and non-binary people. While its ongoing “Problems of Place” blog series explores these questions in text, this session seeks to create a metaphoric place for these conversations to happen live and dynamically, despite spatial distance. 


    Ligia Arguilez

    Anaïs Got 

    Endia Hayes

    Sofia de la Rosa

    Nicole Tu-Maung

    Alexandra Vlachos

    Faizah Zakaria 


    Anastasia Day

    Elizabeth Hameeteman 

    To register, click here.

    *Date: April 21, 2021

    *Time: 9am EST / 3pm CET / 9pm SG

    • April 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This project, promoted and organized by the European Society for Environmental History (, will present a series of virtual postcards showcasing stories, environments, and landscapes from throughout Europe (and beyond).

    These are intended to be windows of opportunity that may provide alternative readings of the world in times of crisis and radical change. We will use our collective knowledge and skills as environmental historians to speak to the future from the present, the present from the past, or the past from the future. Our hope is to present stories that may contribute to a sense of the incommensurable scale of the changes we are facing. To use Arundhati Roy’s metaphor, we aim at offering portals into another world [1]. And, to cite Andri Snær Magnason, we explore what words we can use to effectively describe such a world [2].

    The postcards will be posted on a dedicated Instagram account (@eseh_postcards) which we will launch during Environmental History Week. The launch will take the format of a virtual roundtable in which each of the participants in the project will briefly present their postcard, highlighting the connection between the text and the image and the rationale by which they chose the topic and the addressee.

    If you are interested in proposing a postcard, please email We plan to continue collecting them after the launch event.

    [1] Arundhati Roy, “The Pandemic Is a Portal,” Financial Times, April 3, 2020,
    [2] Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, “On Time and Water – a Conversation with Andri Snær Magnason,” Emergence Magazine,

    • April 21, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria


    “A history of Wildlife Conservation in Southwestern Nigeria”

    April 21, 2021 - 12 - 1 pm

    “Interrogating Scientific Print Culture on Wildlife Conservation in Southwestern Nigeria” 

    April 22, 2021 - 12 - 1 pm

    The panel organizers are accepting paper proposals. Please contact  Kabiru Babatunde Amusa ( for more information.

    Paper proposal deadline - December 31, 2020


    Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan

    Ibadan, Oyo stateNigeria

    • April 21, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    “History in the Time of Climate Crisis” invites reflecting on what it means to do and teach environmental history during our ongoing moment of climate crisis. From forest fires to melting ice caps; from prolonged drought to mass extinction, to forms of resource scarcity driving human migration, climate change is altering the contours of existence on our planet. How do we, as historians, respond to this crisis in our teaching and research? How is the inescapability of the climate crisis prompting new modes of public engagement, new modes of pedagogy, new approaches to research?

    Part of the University of Toronto’s “History in the Time of…” roundtable series, this event builds brings an environmental focus to questions of social justice, public engagement, and the ethics of teaching and research in a moment of extreme and widespread climate crisis for much of life on Earth. This event will be recorded and archived online.

    • April 21, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the work and contributions of the winner of the

    2021 ASEH Distinguished Scholar Award

    • April 21, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)

    This panel assembles the authors of the ASEH’s prize-winning articles from 2020 and 2021 for a two-hour conversation about what the articles individually and collectively reveal about current trends in the field of environmental history.

    • April 21, 2021
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo Japan

    This conference at the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo is part of the Max Weber Foundation’s collaborative research project “Knowledge Unbound” in the module “Interaction and Knowledge in the Pacific Region: Entanglements and Disentanglements”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany).

    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ), Tokyo

    Call for Papers: Doubtlessly, climate change and environmental degradation pose some of the most urgent problems of our time. However, while most nation-states and non-state actors acknowledge that immediate action is required and the consumption of fossil energy and a variety of other natural resources needs to be curbed drastically, success stories remain scarce. Reasons for this are manifold and stretch from national economic goals to geopolitical rivalries, from social structures to cultural preferences/habits. Our conference will focus on the Pacific region, which over the last decades has turned into a powerhouse of the world economy. The ever increasing hunger of Pacific Rim countries like China, the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Canada, and Mexico for natural resources to fuel this growth vastly affects mankind´s chances of finding sustainable modes of living on this planet and of mitigating climate change to levels defined as bearable according to the Paris Agreement. The present interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the historical development of attitudes towards climate change and environmental degradation within various Pacific Rim countries, as well as interactions between their climate, energy, and environmental policies. In which instances have the issues appeared on the agenda of political decision makers both on national and regional levels? To what extent have there been transfers and/or tensions between the countries of the Pacific region regarding the knowledge about these interrelated concerns and ways of handling them? What kinds of transnational cooperation and conflicts have taken place between Pacific Rim countries in the realm of energy policy and environmental preservation and to what extent have they been related to attempts to mitigate climate change? We are particularly (but not exclusively) interested in papers on historical and present developments of - climate change knowledge creation and transfer between Pacific Rim countries - transpacific entanglements and influences on sustainability discourses and policies - transpacific cooperation concerning climate, environment, and energy issues - various energy policy approaches in and between Asia Pacific countries and their implications for climate change - climate change mitigation efforts and environmental protection policies on the part of regional, national, and international activists and decisionmakers - transnational influences on the way climate change has been used, ignored, and/or (mis)interpreted in national debates within various Pacific Rim countries - new (trans-)Pacific trends in climate mitigation and energy policy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. Travel costs and accommodation will be taken care of by the Max Weber Foundation / German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

    Selected participants will be expected to pre-circulate written papers (3500 words) one month before the conference. A peer-reviewed journal publication is planned.

    Proposals (max. 300 words plus a short CV) should be sent to by 21 August 2020.

    German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ)

    Jochi Kioizaka Bldg. 2F

    7-1 Kioicho


    Tokyo, Japan

    • April 22, 2021
    • 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • April 23, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • University of Texas at Austin (Avaya Auditorium - POB 2.302) and onllne via Zoom

    View the program: 

    University of Texas at Austin and virtual via Zoom

    This conference brings together diverse scholars whose work grapples with the challenges that climate change presents to the discipline of history. Participants will address precedents for this “unprecedented” crisis by uncovering and analyzing the historical roots and analogues of contemporary climate change across a wide range of eras and areas around the world. Can history offer an alternative to visions of the future that appear to be determined by prevailing climate models, and help provide us with new ways of understanding human agency?

    Presented by the Institute for Historical Studies.

    Generously co-sponsored by the Department of History, Planet Texas 2050, Center for European Studies, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Department of Geography and the Environment, Environmental Humanities @ UT courtesy of the English Department, Humanities Institute, History & Philosophy of Science Speaker Series, Center for American Architecture and Design in the School of Architecture, and Jackson School of Geosciences.

    Free and open to the public. Streaming online.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This interdisciplinary roundtable will explore urban and environmental inequalities, specifically the way in which urban built environments create illness in the past and present. Spatial segregation and unequal, discriminatory housing policies have long confined non-white communities to districts with poor housing stock and limited access to public health resources. The roundtable will consider racism, government responses to health threats, and public health activism in both twentieth century activism against lead paint and new concerns over housing and health threats created by COVID-19. The roundtable will also consider how the health risks of poor housing in the past can illustrate historical roots of seemingly new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for urban Black communities.


    Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Baruch College, CUNY

    Dr. Robert Gioielli, University of Cincinnati

    Dr. Taylor Desloge, Washington University.

    Comment: Dr. Mindy Fullilove, The New School.

    Thursday, April 22 2:30 to 4 PM Eastern.

    This event was organized in partnership between Edmund Russell, ASEH president, and the Urban History Association.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the winner of the

    2021 ASEH George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    This research symposium highlights the work of faculty and graduate students in environmental history at Auburn University.

    The event is open to all. The organizers especially encourage attendance from our colleagues in the southeast working in related fields.

    Panel 1: Environmental Histories of the US South
    • Dr. Ken Noe, “The Howling Storm: Weather, Climate, and the American Civil War”
    • Mr. Peter Thomas, “Conceptualizing Civil War Encampments as Militarized Landscapes.” 
    • Dr. Jason Hauser, “A Climate History of the American South.” 
    • Dr. Elijah Gaddis, “Landscapes of Lynching: Objects, Environment, and Racial Terror”
    Panel 2: Environmental Histories Around the World
    • Dr. Christopher Ferguson, “The Age of Environism? Thinking about People, Places, and Things during Britain's First Industrial Revolution, c. 1770-c. 1870”
    • Dr. Sarah Hamilton, “Water Underground: Comparative Histories of Groundwater Exploitation”
    • Dr. Claire Perrott, “The Volcano that Grew out of a Mexican Cornfield”
    • Dr. Xaq Frohlich, "What is the Mediterranean diet?: The reinvention of a culinary tradition as a global, healthy lifestyle"

    • April 22, 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)

    This is a CODIE-organized event.

    Inspired by recent calls from environmental historians to center spaces other than “wilderness,” this roundtable brings together interdisciplinary scholarship on environments of incarceration. Beyond bringing carceral and environmental studies into conversation, participants and audience members are invited to discuss the ethical imperatives of such scholarship. Like the “Anthropocene” for environmental historians, “carceral” has become an academic buzzword. Yet, in an age of mass incarceration, migrant detainment, and police brutality, the carceral state is also an urgent human rights issue that intersects with environmental justice issues and impending waves of climate migration. What do scholars owe their subjects? What social (in addition to scholarly) interventions can we make?

    Participants will offer brief presentations of their own research.

    Alison Laurence will chair the discussion that follows.


    Professor Anthony Hatch, "Biotechnologies in Their Carceral Operating Environments"

    Professor Laurel Mei-Singh, "Carceral Conservationism: Policing the Planetary Crisis in Hawai‘i"

    Elizabeth Hargrett, "The Environmental Histories of San Quentin State Prison"

    Samuel Klee, " Caging Cantaloupe Fields: Food, Catholic Ministries, and Carceral Foodscapes in Chesterfield, Missouri - 1940-1973"

    Dr. Brian Tyrrell, "Railbirds but No Ponies to Watch: Landscapes of Leisure and Incarceration at California's Race Tracks"

    • April 22, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)

    This event will be a comparison of the cultural and ecological consequences of the Aswan and Kinzua dams.

    Carnegie Museum of Natural History (CMNH) will provide a virtual film screening of two documentaries, one about each dam, on a designated webpage throughout Environmental History Week for viewers to visit at their leisure. These films are Lake of Betrayal, about Kinzua, and the World Saves Abu Simbel, about Aswan.

    On Thursday night (April 22nd, 6pm-7pm EST), we will host a virtual roundtable discussion, featuring an interdisciplinary panel of experts, to answer participant questions and make connections between these two infrastructure programs. Key points of departure will include how is culture and community connected to land and water, how is the designation of cultural heritage determined and by whom, and how are the cultural and ecological impacts of such large-scale infrastructure programs intertwined? Discussion will help viewers from the Pittsburgh area learn more about the history of our city and surrounding area while also making broader global connections. Panelists will include an ecologist, an Egyptologist, a representative from the Seneca Nation, and other relevant historical and engineering experts.

    • April 22, 2021
    • 6:30 PM (EDT)

    In this roundtable, noted historians of agriculture, science, and society—R. Douglas Hurt, Joel Hagen, and Amy Hay—use their recent books in the NEXUS book series as a launching point to explore the ways in which environmental history and closely allied fields intersect and inform one another.

    The discussion will be chaired by Ellen Griffith Spears and include comments by Frederick Davis.

    The titles featured in the discussion:

    The Green Revolution in the Global South: Science, Politics, and Unintended Consequences (2020) provides a nuanced account of the successes and unintended consequences of the Green Revolution as the movement’s technological innovations interacted with political, economic, and cultural systems in Latin America, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. R. Douglas Hurt is professor of history at Purdue University.

    Life Out of Balance: Homeostasis and Adaptation in a Darwinian World (April 2021) traces historical developments in physiology, ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology during the decades following World War II when new ideas about biological self-regulation, adaptation, and fitness led to larger debates about the merits of such models as applied to larger systems, including society at large. Joel Hagen is professor emeritus of biology at Radford University.

    The Defoliation of America: Agent Orange Chemicals, Citizens, and Protests (forthcoming in November) examines the use of phenoxy herbicides in and by the United States during the mid-twentieth century, and shows how pushback from different groups of citizens challenged and ultimately changed the way hazardous chemicals are regulated in the U.S. Amy M. Hay is associate professor of history at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

    The NEXUS book series is devoted to the publication of high-quality scholarship in the history of the sciences and allied fields. Its broad reach encompasses science, technology, the environment, agriculture, and medicine, but includes intersections with other types of knowledge. Its essential concern is with the interface of nature and culture, broadly conceived, and it embraces an emerging intellectual constellation of new syntheses, methods, and approaches in the study of people and nature through time.

    NEXUS is edited by Mark Hersey, Alexandra Hui, and Alan Marcus of Mississippi State University’s Department of History and published by the University of Alabama Press.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM (EDT)

    This event is one of several networking panels hosted by the Women’s Environmental History Network in order to celebrate the contributions of women and other underrepresented groups to environmental history, and to build lasting scholarly networks. For this session, the moderators will focus on strategies for diversifying (by race, gender, ethnicity, geography, and topic) the collection of works considered essential for understanding environmental history. As a networking panel, the focus will be on conversation rather than presentation. All are welcome to join us for lively discussion, co-moderated by Dr. Lise Sedrez and Dr. Nancy Langston.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 11:15 AM (EDT)

    This event is one of several networking panels hosted by the Women’s Environmental History Network in order to celebrate the contributions of women and other underrepresented groups to environmental history, and to build lasting scholarly networks. For this session, the moderators will focus what teaching and working at High Schools and Community Colleges is like and how one might find employment there. As a networking panel, the focus will be on conversation rather than presentation. All are welcome to join us for lively discussion, co-moderated by Raechel Lutz, Megan Jones, and Tai Edwards.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Whether you are publishing a first book or a fifth, you may feel stymied about how to do most effectively do this in the midst of a pandemic. 2020 challenged publishers’ and authors’ abilities to get word out about their new books. Yet, this has long been a particular challenge for academics, especially authors writing about events and topics that offer deep historical context for events that may or may not be in the news cycle. This panel will focus on how authors and presses sell and market books and promote ideas when the noise of current events is threatening to drown out serious non-fiction. This issue is important for ASEH members and others in environmental history and sciences at a time of pressing issues such as climate change, green energy, and the sale of protected wildlife refuge land. It will address such questions as:

    • How should you reach out to publishers when normal channels like conferences aren’t part of the landscape?
    • How might you market your book better in an age of COVID?
    • What is different and what has remained the same in marketing and publicity?
    • What does your publisher do and what can you do to best partner with your publisher?
    • How can you most effectively use social media (even if you hate social media)?
    • What is going on with book review editors/ producers/ bloggers during the pandemic?
    • How can you successfully pitch op-eds when the news cycle is changing so quickly?
    • What tips do you have for virtual book events?
    • What impact has virtual publicity and online marketing had on sales?
    • What kind of changes, if any, do you see coming for publishers in the near future?

    The proposed panel is a roundtable discussion intended for professional development for ASEH members at all stages of their careers. It will not have individual papers or separate presentations but instead be a conversation amongst the panelists about practical tips, followed by extensive Q & A from the audience.

    Jean E. Thomson Black is Senior Executive Editor for Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Medicine at Yale University Press. Using the lenses of the life, biomedical, and cognitive sciences and environmental issues, she publishes books that address concerns about the history and fate of life on earth and human health and welfare. Under this umbrella, focal points include (but are not limited to) natural history, ecology and evolutionary biology, ornithology, the history of science and medicine, and environmental history, for general readers, scholars, and students.

    Susan Ferber is an executive editor for American and World history at Oxford University Press in New York, where she has worked since 1997. Her list ranges from ancient history to contemporary history and includes both academic and trade titles. She has edited many first books, as well as the work of senior scholars. She enjoys working with scholars, helping them to attain tenure and to make their ideas accessible to wider audiences. In addition to speaking regularly about publishing at universities and scholarly conferences, she shared some of her thoughts on editing scholarly work in What Editors Do (University of Chicago Press, 2018). (Additional participants TBA.)

    • April 23, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This session will feature a conversation with three scholars who have recently published important books in East Asian environmental history:

    David Fedman, University of California, Irvine, author of Seeds of Control: Japan’s Empire of Forestry in Colonial Korea

    Ian M. Miller, St. John’s University, author of Fir and Empire: The Transformation of Forests in Early Modern China

    Jakobina K. Arch, Whitman College, author of Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment in Early Modern Japan

    All three books appear in the Weyerhaeuser Environmental Books series, published by the University of Washington Press.

    This panel will be moderated by Paul S. Sutter, the series editor.

    • April 23, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Join us to celebrate the work and contributions of the winner of the

    2021 ASEH Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History

    • April 23, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)

    An opportunity for scholars interested in the history of energy to meet new colleagues and learn about current work in progress.

    • April 23, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 24, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions

    Capitalism has been getting more and more attention from environmental historians lately, and it seems a good time to assess its role in our field, as comprehensively and objectively as possible. This symposium is open to all perspectives and to such subjects as trade in endangered species, green energy innovation, the quality of the human work environment, and mass consumption. It may include capitalism as a lens for viewing nature or may consider its conflicts and commonalities with socialist cultures, economies, and environmental policies. Does modern environmental history, we want to ask, offer a more mature understanding of capitalism than 19th century industrialization did? How has capitalism evolved in attitudes or practices over time? To what extent has the history of capitalism been shaped by environmental differences?

    The symposium features five environmental historians from China and five from the US.

    The evening session (April 23) is in English, and the morning session (April 24) is in Chinese.

    Host: The Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, Beijing

    Date: 21:00-23:30 EST (9:00-11:30, Beijing time, April 24), April 23; and 2:00-5:00 EST (14:00-17:00, Beijing time),

    April 24 Speakers: Kate Brown, Chengshuang Fu, Bozhong Li, Xueqin Mei, Adam Rome, Christine Rosen, Mark Stoll, Donald Worster, Mingfang Xia, and Shi Xie

    Moderator: Shen Hou

    • April 24, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)

    This is a teacher training designed and led by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan as part of its Title VI National Resource Center outreach program. The event will cover local:global relationships as we explore the integration of water and environmental justice issues in the classroom, connecting events such as the Flint Water Crisis to social and political experiences in Latin America, including but not limited to water privatization in El Salvador, water distribution in Mexico, engineering projects in Colombia, and the Cochabamba Water Wars in Bolivia.

    The event is open to all but will be especially geared toward middle and high school teachers as well as community college instructors. Educators in the state of Michigan will receive professional development credits for their participation.

    Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Michigan

    • April 24, 2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online


    Edmund Russell, Carnegie Mellon University

    Join us for the 2021 ASEH Awards Ceremony

    ASEH will honor the winners and award:

    ASEH Distinguished Scholar Award

    Lisa Mighetto Distinguished Service Award

    Public Outreach Project Award

    Distinguished Career in Public Environmental History

    George Perkins Marsh Prize for the best book in environmental history

    Rachel Carson Prize for best dissertation in environmental history

    Leopold-Hidy Prize for best article in journal Environmental History (with Forest History Society)

    Alice Hamilton Prize for best article outside journal Environmental History

    Immediately following the 2021 Awards Ceremony, ASEH will conduct its annual business meeting. Officers will give an update on the Society and answer member questions. All members are invited to join.

    The online meeting link will be posted as the date approaches.

    • April 28, 2021
    • 11:30 AM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    'In search of the nature cure: A cultural history of wellbeing and ecology'

    Dr. Samantha Walton (Bath Spa University)

    Hosted by the University of Bristol Literary and Visual Landscapes Seminar Series, supported by the Centre for Environmental Humanities, LVL is an interdisciplinary seminar series established in 2012, with a broad focus on research into space and place.

    Free tickets for all the upcoming seminars can be booked via Eventbrite:

    A Zoom meeting link will be circulated to ticket-holders 24 hours in advance of each session.

    • April 29, 2021
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)

    “Teaching the Energy Transition” will examine how we bring history to bear on ongoing and future energy transitions. Teachers with experience in different classroom settings will discuss using historical sources to teach a subject with urgent contemporary ramifications. Panelists will further consider environmental historians’ responsibility to students who are coming of age under the shadow of climate change, the politics of analyzing energy transitions in the classroom, and pedagogical innovations in the realm of energy and environmental history. The panel additionally will introduce Energy History Online, a free new educational website serving teachers and students of United States and global energy history.  


    Dr. Raechel Lutz, The Wardlaw + Hartridge School

    Dr. Bathsheba Demuth, Brown University

    Dr. Chad Montrie, UMass Lowell

    Moderator: Dr. Paul Sabin, Yale University

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