Next July the Institute of Historical Research’s flagship annual event, the Anglo-American Conference of Historians is taking as its theme Environments. Over the last two decades environmental history has developed at an amazing pace, broadening and deepening our understanding of human interaction with nature, climate, landscape and resources across two millennia of historical time. Our conference will explore where environmental history has been and where it is going, its relationship to other scholarly disciplines, and the ways in which historians of the environment can inform global green awareness today.
Keynote speakers include: William Beinart, Alfred Crosby, Harriet Ritvo, and Donald Worster and we shall also feature several major book launches over the two days.
Within the programme there will be a focus on four strands:-
i) changing attitudes over time towards the environment (including the animal world)
ii) what the historical record and measurement of climate change in past epochs can tell us: for example, seasonality and agriculture, extreme weather events, the oceans and the atmosphere, and the effects of environment on health, material culture and settlement
iii) the politics past and present of contested finite natural resources and their sustainability, particularly water, fossil fuels and fisheries
iv) the shaping and reshaping of landscape in a historical context (including the built environment)
If you are interested in assembling a panel for this conference (to comprise no more than three speakers not including the chair), or in proposing a paper of your own, please send an abstract of up to 250 words for each paper to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20th November 2009. The AA2010 Programme Committee will then select from the call those papers to be featured at the conference. The programme of the 79th Anglo-American Conference of Historians will be published in mid-January 2010.
On behalf of the AA2010 Programme Committee:
Vinita Damodaran (Sussex)
Catherine Delano-Smith (IHR)
James Galloway (IHR)
Ludmilla Jordanova (King’s College, London)
Sujit Sivasundaram (LSE)
Miles Taylor (IHR)
Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck)
Institute of Historical Research
Phone: (=44) 20 7862 8755
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