Centre for Environmental History


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Research and visiting Fellowships 2022

The Joint Center for Advanced Studies Worldmaking from a Global Perspective: A Dialogue with China is offering research and visiting fellowships to visit Heidelberg and Munich in 2022: Epochal life worlds: Man, nature and technology in narratives of crisis and change.

Application deadline: October 10, 2021

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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.

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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

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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!)

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Dieter Schott: Rezension zu:
ZUG – Zentrum für Umweltgeschichte; Universität für Bodenkultur Wien (Hrsg.): Wasser Stadt Wien. Eine Umweltgeschichte. Wien  2019. ISBN 978-3-900932-67-1, In: H-Soz-Kult, 18.05.2021

Wien ist eine der europäischen Metropolen mit der dichtesten umwelthistorischen Forschung und der zu besprechende Band trägt wesentlich zu dieser Dichte und Vielschichtigkeit bei. Der Leser mag zunächst über den Titel „Wasser Stadt Wien“ stolpern; denkt man an Wien, werden einem kaum wassergeprägte Stadtbilder aus Wien vor dem geistigen Auge erscheinen, wie dies für Brügge oder Venedig, für Paris oder London der Fall wäre. Wien liegt zwar an der Donau, aber nur der relativ bescheidene Donaukanal führt näher an das Stadtzentrum und im Stadtinneren ist Wasser kaum auf den ersten Blick präsent. Aber den acht Autor:innen, zu denen sich nochmals zehn sogenannte „externe Beiträge“ gesellen, führen in diesem eindrucksvollen, hervorragend ausgestatteten Band überzeugend den Nachweis, dass (auch) Wien eine Wasser-Stadt war und ist.

Eine besondere Stärke des Bandes ist die interdisziplinäre Zusammensetzung des Autor:innenteams: Neben Umwelthistorikern sind auch Stadtmorphologen, Gewässermorphologen und Architekten vertreten, institutionell sind einmal das Institut für Soziale Ökologie, aus dem das Zentrum für Umweltgeschichte hervorging, zum andern das Institut für Hydrobiologie und Gewässermanagement, beide an der Universität für Bodenkultur Wien führend.

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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)