9. ONLINE ZUG-Minisymposium / 15th Rachel Carson Center Lecture, 02.03.2023

9. ONLINE ZUG-Minisymposium / 15th Rachel Carson Center Lecture, 02.03.2023

Land Use and Environmental Ideologies in British Mandate Palestine – Four Case Studies

Mona Bieling, MA
Rachel Carson Center Landhaus Fellow 2022-2023
PhD Candidate, International History Department, Geneva Graduate Institute

Ass.Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Simone Gingrich
Centre for Environmental History, Institute of Social Ecology (SEC)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Time / Zeit: 02.03.2023, 18:15 - 19:15
Place / Ort: Zoom, https://bokuvienna.zoom.us/j/93843580838

Meeting-ID: 938 4358 0838
Kenncode: 981098


In this ZUG-Minisymposium, Mona Bieling will present an overview over her dissertation entitled “Landscape and Power in Mandate Palestine, 1917-1948”. In this study, she examines four different types of landscape changes to show how environmental practices influence power relations by enabling new forms of access and control over land, sovereignty, and rights.

Her dissertation shows that man-made landscape changes are crucial for understanding human relationships in colonial and imperial spaces, including in nascent conflict zones such as Palestine-Israel. Landscape changes in mandatory Palestine influenced both Zionist-British and Zionist-Arab relationships by manifesting and transferring power and revealing underlying cultural convictions and political goals. Both Zionist ideology and the British imperial worldview became imprinted onto the Palestinian environment through, for example, afforestation and soil erosion policies.

Ms. Bieling will discuss these dynamics based on four different case studies: land reclamation techniques, forestry, the industrial development of the Dead Sea, and Hebrew University Jerusalem’s botanical garden.

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99. ZUG-Minisymposium, 23.1.2023

99. ZUG-Minisymposium, 23.1.2023

Species-Rich Grasslands in the Alps in the Last Millennium: Environmental History and Historical Ecology of Agroecosystems

Dr. Žiga Zwitter
Assistant Professor
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts, Department of History

Dr. Leonid Rasran
Senior Scientist
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Institute of Botany

Univ. Prof. Dr. Verena Winiwarter
Univ.-Prof. (i.R.) Ing. Dr. phil. Dr. h.c. Verena Winiwarter
Former Head of ZUG, Chairperson of KIOES, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Time / Zeit: Monday, 23.01.2023, 18:15 - 19:30
Place / Ort: Universität für Bodenkultur Wien | Standort Schottenfeldgasse 29, 1070 Wien
(please note the Covid 19 regulations at https://short.boku.ac.at/covid-19-current-information )



In the winter of 2022-23, a new interdisciplinary monograph Species-Rich Grasslands in the Alps in the Last Millennium: Environmental History and Historical Ecology of Agroecosystems will be published. This book, written by Žiga Zwitter and Leonid Rasran, offers at the beginning a brief phytosociological overview. The following seven chapters present the fluctuations in grassland area in the Alps in the last millennium; natural and nature-induced environmental changes in grasslands; historical changes in livestock size and feed demand; selected historical practices of species-rich grassland management and their ecological impacts; introduction of plant species to grasslands in the Alps through human activities in the context of economic history, political history, and the history of botany and ornamental plants; gathering of grassland plants and lichens; and abandonment of grasslands in the Alps: a case study with an emphasis on the role of plant species composition. The final chapter provides a view on the applicability of grassland history in the twenty-first century, with an emphasis on meadows.
In the ZUG-Minisymposium, the authors will present a selection of contents of the forthcoming interdisciplinary monograph. The main emphasis will be placed on the period from 1500 to 1950, in addition, present relevance of historical data will be discussed.

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2.3.2023: Mona Bieling, MA will present her research on Landscape and Power in Mandate Palestine (1917-1948)

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