Environmental History PhD Workshop

Centre for Environmental History, Australian National University, Canberra 28 May-1 June, 2012   Are you writing a PhD in some aspect of environmental history? The Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University will be running a workshop for PhD students from around the country who are researching aspects of environmental history in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere. This is the sixth biennial workshop in environmental history run at ANU since 2002.   The aim of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students with common interests to learn from one another about how to address significant, exciting themes in this emerging field of scholarship. Students will be expected to participate by speaking and writing about their own research, and by doing some preparatory reading that will be provided in advance. Sessions will be held on each of the five days (Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June). These will feature seminars on major themes in environmental history as well as student presentations on their doctoral research. Afternoons will mostly be reserved for preparatory reading, fieldwork, optional museum and archival visits, and informal meetings.   Course organisers will be Professor Tom Griffiths (Centre for Environmental History, ANU), Professor Libby Robin (Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU/Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia), Dr Nicholas Brown (School of History, Research School of Social Sciences ANU/Centre for Historical Research National Museum of Australia), Dr Gregory Barton (Centre for Environmental History, ANU), and Professor Heather Goodall (Cosmopolitan Civil Societies, University of Technology, Sydney). Our international guest of honour will be Professor Sverker Sörlin (Professor of Environmental History at the...

The Future of Australia’s Wood Collections?

SEEKING INFORMATION: Are you interested in the future of forestry or wood collections (Xylaria) in Australia? John Dargavel and Gordon Dadswell have an Xylaria article (PDF). If you can help them with information or comments contact John.Dargavel@anu.edu.au....

CFP International Conference of Historical Geographers, Prague, August 2012

XV International Conference of Historical Geographers taking place in Prague, Czech Republic on August 6 – 10, 2012. On-line registration is now open! Click here to register at early bird rates: http://www.ichg2012.cz Submit your abstract today! Deadline: December 31, 2012 We look forward to meeting you in Prague. Conference Secretariat GUARANT International spol. s r.o. Opletalova 22 110 00  Prague 1 Czechia (Czech...

CFP Science and Technology Studies Conference, Stockholm, May 2012

We would like to invite you to the next STS-meeting, which will take place in Stockholm, May 2-4, 2012. In the tradition of STS meetings in earlier years, we seek to bring together the diverse and dispersed community of STS, to provide room for presenting current research, exchanging ideas, discussing projects, and networking. We encourage submission of proposals for individual papers and entire panels. Thematically open, we welcome contributions from all STS-related fields, from history, sociology, and philosophy of science, technology, and environment, to provide the broadest spectrum of STS-related research in and beyond Sweden. Moreover, we seek suggestions for alternative formats. These could be, among others, roundtables debating the hotspots issues in the field and/or of public interest or author-meets-critic sessions on recent publication. To be as inclusive as possible we plan to have a bilingual meeting and ask for presentations held in Swedish or in English; suggestions for whole sessions should be monolingual either in Swedish or in English. Please send your proposal (no more than 400 words and containing your institutional affiliation) to stsstockholm@gmail.com by February 15, 2012. Inquiries are also welcome at this address. The organizing committee: Nina Wormbs, Sabine Höhler, Adam...

Rachel Carson Center Silent Spring essay competition

Fifty years ago, the world was rocked by the publication of a quiet tirade against the chemical industry. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring exposed the dangers and risks of everyday chemicals and commonplace practices; it launched the modern American environmental movements and also influenced similar movements all over the globe. In commemoration of fifty years of Silent Spring, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society is soliciting essays from junior and senior scholars which analyze the impact and reception of Silent Spring as well as the legacy of Rachel Carson. How has Silent Spring shaped environmentalism or environmental thought in various countries? How is it a global phenomenon? What elements of Silent Spring have had the greatest impact on environmental leaders? Policy makers? Anti-environmentalists? How is Silent Spring still relevant to current environmental debates? How has the relevance of Rachel Carson’s writing changed over the decades since Silent Spring was published? If Rachel Carson were alive today, what would she be writing about? In the spirit of Carson’s own writing, submissions are encouraged to address an interested public with an approachable and provocative style. The RCC will be awarding both a junior and senior prize for the most outstanding essays: Junior Prize: $1,000 for 1,000 words (or less); Open to students aged 13-18 Senior Prize: $2,000 for 2,000 words (or less); Open to anyone aged 19 and above Submissions are due via email (perspectives (at) carsoncenter.lmu.de) by 15 March 2012. Please also include a short biographical profile and indicate whether the essay is to be considered for the junior or senior prize. The essays will be reviewed by an...