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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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Wasteocene. Stories of Contamination and Commoning

Marco Armiero (Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm)

This event is part of the online lecture series "Another Silent Spring: Thinking about Environment and Health in the Era of COVID-19" at Renmin University of China.

Zeit/Time: 24.6.2021, 8.00 bis 10.00 CET
Ort/Place: online via VooV Meeting

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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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CfP: ASEH 2022 Annual Conference "Desaster and Renewal"

The American Society for Environmental History invites proposals for its annual conference March 23–27, 2022, in Eugene, Oregon. That month will mark two years since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, a public health disaster that has claimed millions of lives, intensified existing social inequities, tested the legitimacy and emergency capacity of governments worldwide, and impacted almost the entire planet. The past year has also seen the emergence of major new civil-rights activism in opposition to systemic racism as well as an escalation of climate catastrophe, with ever-worsening wildfires and tropical storms. All of these events have been inflamed and exacerbated by a series of political conflicts and crises.

Conversely, because they rewrite relationships between people, societies, and species, disasters as moments of disjuncture also offer new possibilities. Therefore we also encourage submissions that consider the concept of renewal. How have societies in the past imagined and remade their worlds in the aftermath of a disaster? What were the paths chosen and dismissed, and how might interactions between humans and non-humans have shaped the opportunities for and realities of renewal? Do these histories provide models of how to repair our worlds in the aftermath of destructive events and processes? How are discourses on disaster remediation embedded in power imbalances, and how does disaster recovery exacerbate existing social inequities? We also look to consider disaster and renewal in tandem, as new futures are often only imagined in the crucible of a crisis.

The deadline for submission is July 16, 2021.

Ort: Eugene, Oregon
Zeit: March 23-27, 2022

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Call for Applications: RCC Landhaus Manager

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich is looking for a scholar or artist in Environmental Humanities to serve as a residential program manager for our new fellowship program at the RCC Landhaus.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2021

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Open Tenure track positions in Biodiverse Anthropocenes

The University of Oulu has just released four tenure-track professor positions that are open in level (assistant/associate/full) as part of
the University's new Biodiverse Anthropocenes research programme. The positions are open to multiple disciplines and encourage transdisciplinary scholarship, and span a range of research focuses, including human-environment relations, geographies, sustainability and genomics.

Application deadline: June 30, 2021

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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)


CfP: Third NEHT Workshop 2021
Environmental Histories of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman World. The Anthropocene: From Empire to Nation-States

Environmental history is a growing field of study for scholars of the Ottoman Empire and nation-states in the post-Ottoman territories, especially Turkey. Over the past decade, environmental history has emerged as one of the most significant sub-fields of Ottoman-Turkish history. After successful meetings in Hamburg (2017) and Ankara (2019), we are happy to announce that the 3rd Network for the Study of Environmental History of Turkey (NEHT) Workshop will take place in Vienna in 2021.

The workshop is a collaboration between the NEHT, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Anthropocene Network, the Centre for Environmental History (ZUG) and the University of Vienna.

The keynote will be given by John McNeill (Georgetown University).

Deadline for abstracts: January 1, 2021

Place: University of Vienna
Time: September 16-18, 2021

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