Centre for Environmental History

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Welcome to the Centre for Environmental History!

Interuniversitäre Ringvorlesung "Österreichische Zeitgeschichte - Zeitgeschichte in Österreich"

"Dröhnende Ereignisse" oder "langsame Wandlung beharrliche wiederkehrender Dinge"? Zum Verhältnis von Umwelt- und Zeitgeschichte in Österreich


M.Phil in Environmental History, Trinity College Dublin

Environmental History studies the interaction of human societies and the non-human environment through time, analysing how the natural world has both influenced human society and how society has in turn influenced the environment. The M.Phil in Environmental History will give students a firm understanding of the interplay of, and feedbacks between, nature and culture over time, allowing them to develop much needed historical perspectives on the evolution of current environmental challenges. This taught full- or part-time degree has a strong methodological focus, including training in digital humanities technologies, mixed (quantitative-qualitative) methods and innovative assessment design. The programme also includes an optional self-financed summer school in Iceland. The M.Phil offers an advanced qualification to graduates in relevant disciplines in the Humanities (History, Political Science, History of Ideas, Cultural Studies or similar) and the Natural Sciences (Environmental Sciences, Geography, Ecology, Biology or similar).

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Katja Bruisch

Closing date for applications: 31 May


Save the date: 8. ONLINE ZUG-Minisymposium, 27.6.2022

Streams, Urban Landscape and Pollution

Ass.Prof. Dr. András Vadas
Eötvös Loránd University, Medieval and Early Modern History

New Release

Egger, Gerhard, Haidvogl, Gertrud, Hohensinner, Severin, Kohler, Bernhard, Razumovsky, Natalia, Sauer, Gerald, Stelzhammer, Michael & Westerhof, Jurrien (2022). Die Marchauen Eine Flusslandschaft im Wandel der Zeit. WWF Austria. ISBN 978-3-200-08287-8

The Morava floodplains are among the most species-rich landscapes in Central Europe.

But how did today's landscape come into being? How did the river change its course and reshape the landscape over and over again for centuries until the 20th century, when it was finally tamed? How did agriculture, animal husbandry, forestry, hunting or the construction of mills, for example, help shape the landscape over the centuries - and leave traces that can still be seen today?

This book describes the history of the landscape of the Lower Morava floodplain near Marchegg and the history of the development of today's WWF floodplain reserve.


Doing energy transition? A Contribution to the History of Natural Gas Supply in Austria, 1945 to ca. 1980

Little is known about the development of the Austrian natural gas infrastructure, as hardly anyone was interested in it until the start of the Ukraine war. In order to work through this history from the perspective of the provincial gas suppliers, EVN AG has awarded Robert Groß a fellowship for the year 2022.



Wiener Vorlesungen:

Eine klimagerechte Gesellschaft
Rechtsstaat, Demokratie und nachhaltige Entwicklung

Vortrag mit
Verena Winiwarter, Universität für Bodenkultur Wien

Anschließend im Gespräch mit
Michael Häupl, Biologe und Altbürgermeister von Wien

Zeit: Donnerstag, 3. Februar 2022, 19.00 Uhr
Ort: RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal (Anmeldung erforderlich)

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Ausflugstipp: Umwelthistorischer Spaziergang

Wandle entlang des alten Ottakringer Baches von der Quelle auf dem Wilhelminenberg bis zur Mündung in den heutigen Donaukanal bei Maria am Gestade und lass dir Geschichten vom Fluss erzählen.



CfP: International Conference of the Austrian Society for Medieval Archaeology
The Historical Archaeology of the 19th and 20th centuries

The 19th and 20th centuries are the epoch of industrialisation, the consequences of which are still being felt today. They saw enormous social change including continual urbanisation and the formation of metropolitan regions. These developments went hand in hand with the emergence of great social contradictions, which in turn led to protest, workers’, women’s and environmental movements. Mass production and mass consumption on a global scale resulted in the expansion and densification of local, regional and supra-regional infrastructure. Improved transport systems and the emergence of telecommunications enabled more rapid and more intensive communication over greater distances. Industry, the construction boom and the exploitation of raw materials caused massive environmental damage and led to profound changes in the landscape. All of these processes have had a grave impact on living conditions over the past two centuries right up to the present and will continue to shape the distant future. They manifest themselves in material sources, in archaeological contexts and in the landscape.

Deadline submission of abstracts: January 31, 2022

Place: Linz (Museum Francisco Carolinum, Museumstraße 14, 4020 Linz)
Time: September 13-17,  2022


Now Online

Umwelthistorische Datenbank Österreich
Environmental History Database Austria (EHDA)

Materialien zur Umweltgeschichte Österreichs Nr. 8

In 2004, the then newly founded Centre for Environmental History (ZUG) started to systematically search and collect bibliographical data on environmental historical literature in Austria. Over the years, the data set has grown to the 3,751 entries tabulated in this volume. Until 2019, the collection then named "Environmental History Database Austria (EHDA)" was available for online searches in a custom-made environment. EHDA entries comprise works with publication dates from 1945 until 2019 and include hard-to-find grey literature and academic qualification works. Since EHDA went online about 15 years ago, digitalisation has markedly impacted scientific publishing and research. Powerful finding aids, mostly with access to full texts, full-text searches and linked searches have become available. While EHDA has been regularly updated, because committed colleagues have invested time and expertise, we have not been able to modernize the tool in terms of search possibilities and links. We have therefore taken EHDA off the Internet. This volume of the “Materialien” makes the entire content of EHDA available to all interested parties as a fully searchable pdf document with carefully preserved tags. The introduction includes search tips and explains the search possibilities we have tried to preserve or are able to now offer under the new possibilities of full-text indexing and other search engine possibilities.

>zum Materialienband (pdf, 4,35 MB)

ESEH conference 2022: Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to announce its upcoming conference at the University of Bristol, UK. We want to host a conference for a post-plague world. Right now, our old ways of living have been interrupted, disrupted and ruptured by the COVID-19 outbreak. This devastating global pandemic carries an undeniable message of our entanglement across continents, species, societies, and bodies. Yet the virus hits us differently. We are all on the same planet but we are experiencing radically and divergently altered worlds. We thus draw inspiration for our conference theme from Arundhati Roy’s observation: ‘But the rupture exists. And in the midst of this terrible despair, it offers us a chance to rethink the doomsday machine we have built for ourselves. Nothing could be worse than a return to normality. Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next’. The conference will provoke questions and conversations that can help us through the gateway. After all, our conferences have always been meaningful reactions to global conditions. Twenty years ago, at St Andrews we held the first ESEH Conference on ‘Environmental History: Problems and Potential’. Two decades later, we are now long past ‘potential’ – we need urgent intervention from historians in the crises of our times.

Ort: University of Bristol, UK
Zeit: 4-8 July 2022


CfP: The 10th Tensions of Europe Conference: Technology, Environment and Resources

The 10th Tensions of Europe Conference will as usual be open to all topics and themes. The special theme of this conference will be the history of interactions between technology, the environment and resources. It aims to explore connections between aspects such as scientific exploration, technological development, resource exploitation and use, resource markets and environmental change by investigating both scientific and technological practices as well as narratives and perspectives related to natural resources and environmental issues. The conference places particular emphasis on processes of circulation and appropriation of knowledge, ideas, technologies and resources across space and time in allhistorical periods and at local, regional and global scales.

Deadline for proposals is 31 Oktober 2021

Ort: Aarhus University, Denmark
Zeit: 29 June - 1 July 2022 (revised date!)


ICEHO Bulletin 19

Das Zentrum für Umweltgeschichte ist Mitglied von ICEHO und stellt das neueste Bulletin von ICEHO hier auch direkt zur Verfügung

>Bulletin 19 (pdf 2,4 MB)