Posted October 21st, 2013
How can museums contribute to building communities capable of engaging and responding to global climate change? How can museums use their collections, interpretations and traditions of encouraging debate to help people re-imagine and re-shape their lives in a profoundly altered world?
These questions were the focus of the Collecting the Future workshop hosted by the American Museum of Natural History and co-convened by the National Museum of Australia from 2 – 4 October 2013. The Centre for Environmental history was represented by Libby Robin and Kathryn Medlock, and the NMA’s Kirsten Wehner and George Main.
The three-day workshop in New York included people working in and with museums in many different parts of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Sweden. View the workshop program.
Read Kirsten Wehner’s report on the workshop at the NMA’s People and Environment blog.
Posted October 8th, 2013
Guimarães, Portugal. Photo by am_
Poster submissions still welcome for WCEH2014, Guimaraes Portugal, 8-12 July, 2014
Although no more paper and panel proposals can be accepted, the Program Committee encourages the submission of NEW POSTER PROPOSALS
These may be submitted BETWEEN 1 OCTOBER AND 31 OCTOBER 2013 following the “Start Your Submission” on the Submission and Acceptance of Papers link at http://www.wceh2014.org
POSTERS: We envisage both the public display of posters and a special session in which each poster presenter will be allowed THREE minutes (and no more) to provide a verbal synopsis of the work. Those offering posters should therefore be prepared to prepare a physical poster (dimensions to be specified later) for display and a very limited number (1 to 4) digital images on Powerpoint for display in the special session. Proposals should include the name, title, affiliation and email address of the presenter, as well as a poser title and abstract (no more than 350 words).
ALTERNATIVE FORMS: We will consider well-developed proposals for other forms of participation (eg film presentation; art installation)
For your information, the conference covers all periods of human history and we welcome scholars from a range of disciplines. The conference language is English. Proposals may address any area of environmental history, and submissions of new and original work that offers fresh perspectives for environmental history are particularly welcome.
Acceptances will be communicated by the end of November 2013
WCEH2014 Program Chair
Posted October 3rd, 2013
by Peggy James
Cosmpolitan Conservationists tells the stories of the intertwined lives and writings of conservationists in early 20th-century Sydney. Their network included David Stead, Walter Burley Griffin, Charles Bean, Thistle Harris, Norman Weekes, Marie Byles, Myles Dunphy and Annie Wyatt, and each individual created some meaning in their life through their relationship with the environment. As conservationists they helped to shape the urban landscape they shared and many places of beauty in Sydney.
Australian Scholarly Press
Posted October 3rd, 2013
Living with Fire by Christine Hansen and Tom Griffiths has been short-listed for the Victorian Community History awards (2013), to be announced on 21 October.
Read more about the launch at Steels Creek and the about the research project.
Posted October 1st, 2013
In a recent EH Resources podcast the Centre for Environmental History’s Alessandro Antonello speaks to Jan Oosthoek about the history of Antarctic science, environmental conservation, and international diplomacy.
Interview and further reading at EH Resources.
Posted September 15th, 2013
Droughts have long punctuated Australia’s rural, regional and national histories. In this seminar, Deb Anderson, Katie Holmes and Ruth Morgan consider how Victorians and Western Australians in the Mallee and the Wheatbelt have experienced drought and climate change over the past century.
Drawing on the oral history collections of Museum Victoria, the State Library of Western Australia and the National Library of Australia, this seminar will explore how rural Australians have imagined their landscape, and developed their own narratives of hope and endurance in a changing world.
Dr Deb Anderson, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University
Prof. Katie Holmes, History, La Trobe University
Dr Ruth Morgan, History, Monash University
Prof. Al Thomson, History, Monash University
Thursday 19 September
Village Roadshow Theatrette, Entry 3, La Trobe Street, State Library of Victoria
Inquiries: 03 8664 7099, Inquiries@slv.vic.gov.au