Sverker Sörlin: ‘Global Change, History and Planetary Futures’

Stories from Sweden’s far northern edge Public lecture Tuesday 29 May 2012 5.30-6.30pm, followed by a reception hosted by the Swedish Embassy hosted by the Ambassador for Sweden, His Excellency Sven-Olof Petersson. Place: Coombs Extension Room 1.04, Australian National University RSVP for catering purposes:   Today there is general agreement that global change is ongoing, rapid and that it affects us all. The scientific knowledge underpinning this change is surprisingly recent. In this talk I locate global environmental change in the wider context of planetary narratives, past and future. In particular I will focus on narratives about histories and futures connected with the far northern edges of the world, the Arctic and the North Atlantic: Indigenous populations, geostrategic security, the Cold War, expectations of ice-free sea routes, Arctic cities, and downright disaster. Sweden, an alliance free state without a coastline to the Arctic, has been an observer in geopolitical terms, but its geographical position and strong research capabilities have made it an important contributing party in these discussions.   Sverker Sörlin is professor of Environmental History in the Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He is also affiliated with the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is the author of several books of essays and nonfiction, including one on Darwin’s life as a father and family man (2009) and one on the philosophy of cross country skiing (2011). He frequently appears in the media as a critic and commentator, and has been a long standing member of the Swedish Government’s Science Advisory Board.   Sponsors: Swedish Embassy, National Museum of Australia, Australian...

CFP: European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), 2013, Munich

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for sessions, roundtables, papers, posters and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship for its 2013 biennial conference in Munich, Germany. The conference will be hosted and organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) and held at LMU Munich (LMU: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) from 20-24 August 2013. The conference is entitled ‘Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy.’ We wish, of course, to attract high-quality scholarship and to tap into intellectual energy-flows related to all aspects of the blooming field of environmental history. At the same time, we specifically encourage proposals related to ‘Circulating Natures’. While always situated locally, nature also circulates regionally and globally through the movement of natural resources, products, people and non-human biota. What happens in – and comes from – one part of the world can have profound effects on other, often distant places. We wish to explore this theme of circulation – which is of basic importance to the multifaceted relationships of humans with the rest of nature at different times and in diverse places – with specific reference to the three, often interrelated, subjects of ‘Water, Food, and Energy’. For more information and the complete call for papers, please visit our website: – Abstracts will be accepted between 15 May and 15 September...

Conference: Rethinking Invasion Ecologies

Natures, Cultures and Societies in the age of the Anthropocene Date: Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th June, 2012 Venue: Sydney Law School Foyer, University of Sydney. Further information:

Allan Martin Public Lecture 2012

Shifting the shape of Australian history: Convicts, the early colonial period and the making of Australia Grace Karskens Tuesday 15 May 2012. 17:30 – 19:00pm Coombs Lecture Theatre, Fellows Road ANU, followed by a reception in the Coombs extention.   Further information: