Something New Under the New Zealand and Australian Sun!

The general meeting of the Australian Forest History Society has adopted a motion to change the name of the AFHS to the New Zealand and Australian Environmental and Forest History Society.  This will mark an exciting new stage for environmental and forest history if the new constitution is adopted.  The proposed name change will, if enacted, enable us to recruit members who share a common interest in the broader history of the environment, engage with relevant topics as they arise, and reinvigorate and launch the New Zealand and Australian Forest History Society into the twenty-first century. This change is largely a response to historical events since the founding of the AFHS. In the 1980s, when AFHS was established, forests were the major environmental issue. Forest Wars were headline news, and no-one was talking about global warming. The AFHS was a pioneering Society then, both in Australia and New Zealand, and it was crucial to establishing both forest history and environmental history in both countries. Today, forests retain great importance in environmental discussions, but popular and scholarly discussions of nature are increasingly focused on climate, non-forest land-use, and the relationship between the economy and nature. Considering the AFHS’s role in fostering some of the pioneering environmental histories, it is a natural extension of the society to recognize the contribution of environmental historians to forest history by adding the title ‘Environment’. We are also recognizing the substantial contribution of New Zealanders and the geographic presence of New Zealand by adding ‘New Zealand’ to the Society’s name. This will give members of the Environmental History Network a full-service society with conferences, published...

Issue 51 of AHR: ‘On the Table: Food in Our Culture’

Photo by pigstubs Issue #51 of Australian Humanities Review is available. Guest edited by Lisa Milner is a special section, ‘On the Table: Food in Our Culture’, which includes essays by Colin Bannerman, Barbara Santich, Adrian Peace, Elspeth Probyn, Ferne Edwards, Jemal Nath and Desiree Prideaux. Our Ecological Humanities section continues the special ‘food’ theme with three book excerpts and a review focused on consumption and the human/animal...

Ocean / maritime history

Canal Rocks in Western Australia by Mike Pratt PhD Scholarship PhD scholarship in the environmental or maritime history of South-East Asia The Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University. http://wwwarc.murdoch.edu.au/img/Warren%20Scholarship.pdf   Calls for papers “Dimensions of the Indian Ocean World Past: Sources and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Work in Indian Ocean World History, 9th-19th Century” To be held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum on 12-14 November 2012. http://wwwarc.murdoch.edu.au/research/iow_conf.html   “Oceans Past IV: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the History and Future of Marine Animal Populations” University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, on 7-9 November 2012. The Oceans Past conference series is an initiative of History of Marine Animal Populations (HMA)P, the historical component of the Census of Marine Life (CoML). This conference, the first in the Oceans Past series to be held in the Southern Hemisphere, will showcase the latest global research in marine environmental history and historical marine ecology in a location accessible to researchers and policy-makers from across the Indo-Pacific region. http://www.hmapcoml.org/oceanspast/...