ENNZ: Environment and Nature in New Zealand, December 2010

Professor John Andrews reflects on the fascinating interconnections between biology and history, why awareness of history plays a central role in various biological sciences as well as the role of scientists in writing history. Professor Yukiko Numata Bedford then analyses the delicate processes leading up to the construction of the “Peace Gardens”, Featherston, South Wairarapa. The garden has become the site of reconciliation and the coming together of different cultures and not least, a leitmotif of peace and hope for the future. Two reviews appear in this issue: Dr. Edward D. Melillo considers the recent translation of Joachim Radkau’s thought-provoking Nature and Power: A Global History of the Environment, a new translation of a significant work on world environmental history which provides its reviewer with much food for thought. Chris O’Brien reviews Don Garden’s Droughts, Floods & Cyclones: El Niños that Shaped our Colonial Past, which analyses the impact of ENSO in the South Pacific and provides a model example of the importance of narrative history in reconstructing complex weather events. Finally, continuing our new section which either introduces a garden or discusses a resource pertinent to New Zealand nature, Geoff Doube and Peter Sergel reflect on the ‘Chinese Scholar’s Garden’, Hamilton Gardens. – James Beattie, Editor. Download the entire issue of ENNZ vol.5 no.2 as a...

Rachel Carson Center Munich Fellowship Program (closing date 15 March)

(Note that this centre’s first language is English, and they are actively seeking a diversity of candidates, including those from Australia and New Zealand and elsewhere in our region) The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2011-2012 class of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program, directed by Christof Mauch (LMU Munich/Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) and Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum) is designed to bring to Munich a cohort of excellent scholars who are working in the environmental humanities and related disciplines. The Center will award fellowships to scholars from around the globe and from a variety of disciplines, particularly in the fields of Environmental Ethics, Politics, and Movements; Resource Use and Conservation; Transformation of Landscapes The program is a writing fellowship program; Fellowships will usually be granted for periods of 6, 9 or 12 months but they can also be granted for 3 months or be broken up into individual 3 month periods. More details: URL: http://www.carsoncenter.uni-muenchen.de E:mail:...

University of Glasgow: Human Geography Research Group (closing date 21 January 2011)

THREE Postdoctoral Research Associate positions in human geography to start in 2011. The posts, funded by the Urban Studies Foundation, are for researchers whose work is linked to issues relating to urban societies in the Global North or South. (further details http://www.ges.gla.ac.uk:443/research/groups/humangeography/). Details and application information is available at:...