CALL FOR PAPERS- Hazardous Time-Scapes: How to Make Sense of Toxic Landscapes from Multiple Timed, Spaced, and Embodied Perspectives?

CALL FOR PAPERS- Hazardous Time-Scapes: How to Make Sense of Toxic Landscapes from Multiple Timed, Spaced, and Embodied Perspectives?
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich, Germany
1-2 December 2017
Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2017
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Holmes Rolston III on Aldo Leopold’s “Thinking Like a Mountain” Essay

Holmes Rolston III

ISEE founder and first president Holmes Rolston III was recently featured  in a story in the Fort Collins Coloradoan describing a trip he took to Arizona to identify the wolf kill site described in Aldo Leopold’s beloved and highly influential essay,  “Thinking Like a Mountain.” Leopold scholars have long debated whether the story is just a literary device, or describes an event that actually occurred. However, a letter written by Leopold to his mother was discovered in 2009 by Susan Flader that many think confirms the veracity of the famous incident.

The full story of Rolston’s trip and the famous wolf incident can be found here.

Aldo Leopold in Arizona, about 1909. University of Wisconsin archives

CALL FOR PAPERS – Circulating Waters: Water – Food – Energy

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is pleased to invite proposals for sessions, roundtables, papers, posters and other, more experimental forms of communicating scholarship for its seventh biennial conference in Munich, Germany.  The conference will be hosted and organized by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) and held at LMU Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München) between the 20th and 24th of August 2013.  Situated in close proximity to lakes and mountains, Munich is known for its diversity of landscape, its environmental initiatives, its strong academic institutions, its cultural heritage and history, as well as its food and drink, and exceptionally high quality of life.

ESEH conferences occur biennially.  ‘Biennial’ is a term associated in particular with botany.  Most plants are annuals or perennials.  But a biennial flowers every two years, following a period of dormancy – just like our Society.  Though some biennial plants are merely flowers, others are edible.  Thinking about biennial vegetables such as carrots and parsley focuses our intellectual appetites on the conference theme of ‘Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy’.  We wish, of course, to attract high-quality scholarship and to tap into intellectual energy-flows related to all aspects of the blooming field of environmental history.  At the same time, we specifically encourage proposals related to ‘Circulating Natures’.  While always situated locally, nature also circulates regionally and globally through the movement of natural resources, products, people and non-human biota.  What happens in – and comes from – one part of the world can have profound effects on other, often distant places.  We wish to explore this theme of circulation – which is of basic importance to the multifaceted relationships of humans with the rest of nature at different times and in diverse places – with specific reference to the three, often interrelated, subjects of ‘Water, Food, and Energy’.

The following are just a few examples of potential topics and themes that explore the theme of ‘Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy’ from the diverse perspectives of environmental history:


  • Water resources and their deployment
  • Icebergs, glaciers, permafrost and snow cover in changing climate
  • Irrigation and salination as environmental problems
  • Fish, fisheries and fishing (freshwater and saltwater)
  • Water pollution and water treatment
  • Water-based recreational pursuits
  • Flooding, drought and climate change


  • Environmental impacts of agricultural practices and food industries
  • Politics of food production and consumption
  • Food and sensory history
  • Food, terroir and sense of place
  • Food, environment and advertising
  • Culinary choices and eco-activism
  • Animal husbandry and agricultural history
  • Famines, harvest failures and malnutrition


  • Travel, tourism and the fossil fuel economy
  • Oil, gas, coal and nuclear industries
  • Energy disasters: oil spills, strip mining and nuclear accidents
  • ‘Green’ energy: harnessing the sun, wind and waves
  • Greening’ of the energy sector

However, we have no desire to be prescriptive.  The omnivorous Program Committee welcomes contributions that address any period of time or any part of the world.  Not least, we encourage scholars working on the pre-modern era and ancient times to submit proposals. In keeping with a venerable tradition in the field of environmental history, the conference is open to scholars from all disciplines and backgrounds.  In particular, we hope to see a large number of submissions from graduate students and early career scholars.  The conference language is English.  Submissions in other languages cannot be accepted.

Deadline for submissions: 15 September 2012

All proposals should be submitted through our online submission system
, which will be open from 15 May 2012.  The Program Committee will not accept hard copy submissions or e-mail submissions.

Session proposals will normally consist of three papers of no more than 20 minutes each (maximum number and length: four papers of 15 minutes each). All sessions must conclude after 90 minutes.  Session proposals should include the following information: a title; a session abstract of 200-400 words; a named chair (you are strongly advised to secure the commitment of a chair in advance of submitting your proposal); a named commentator (optional); a list of contributors and (where relevant) individual paper titles (or indication of contribution); individual paper/contribution abstracts of 200-400 words; and a short biography (200-400 words) for each contributor (excluding the chair).

Proposals for roundtable discussion can also involve up to four participants in addition to a commentator.  Roundtable proposals should provide the same information as Session proposals.

Applicants may also propose individual papers that will be combined into sessions of three to four papers if accepted.  However, prospective applicants should be aware that the Program Committee actively prefers submissions for complete sessions because of the likelihood of greater thematic coherence.

Posters will be on display in a designated exhibition space during the conference, and authors will be available at their posters during a timetabled poster session. Poster proposals should include an abstract of 200-400 words and a short biography (200-400 words).

The Program Committee is also eager to receive proposals that depart from the standard conference format.  We positively welcome new ways of communicating research findings and alternative formats that involve a more interactive element, along with a higher level of audience involvement, than conventional sessions.  Some panels, for example, could take the form of a location-specific outdoor seminar involving the production/preparation and consumption of food.  Or, those interested in organizing workshop sessions on, for example, teaching could submit proposals for an experimental panel.  Please note that any “out of the box” organization for unique locations, etc. must be undertaken by the panel organiser – not the local organizing committee.

All proposals will be reviewed by a Program Committee composed of: Inês Amorim (University of Porto, Portugal); Marcus Hall (University of Zürich, Switzerland); Arielle Helmick (RCC/LMU: vice chair); Dolly Jørgensen (Umea University, Sweden); Andrea Kiss (University of Szeged, Hungary); Timo Myllyntaus (Turku University, Finland); and Peter Coates (University of Bristol, UK: committee chair).

The Committee will reach its decisions by 31 December 2012.

For more information, and to submit a panel, paper or poster proposal, please visit the conference website:

For more information on the ESEH, please visit, and for the RCC, please visit

CALL FOR PAPERS – Black Environmental Thought Conference II: Translocal & Transnational Dialogues and Collaborations

September 21-23, 2012
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

This conference articulates an exciting collaboration between community and university to explore the history of Black Environmental Thought. We seek scholarly contributions that acknowledge, articulate, and build on the ethical and philosophical grounding and traditions within the African and African American experience that shape the cultural production of knowledge around environmentalism.

Key questions of interest include: What is the current state of the research and practice related to Black Environmental Thought? How are Black Environmental Thought and practice unfolding in the United States, in Africa, and across the African Diaspora? And in what new directions can scholars take the study and practice of Black environmentalism?

The conference will open with a keynote address by Bernice Johnson Reagon, cultural historian and founder of Sweet Honey in the Rock. There will be scholarly sessions, panel discussions, and hands-on activities, including site visits to local initiatives that draw on core traditions of Black Environmental Thought. We envision this conference bringing together regional, national, and international scholars, practitioners, artists, farmers, and community members from many disciplines and perspectives. We hope to build interdisciplinary, translocal, transnational, and intergenerational dialogues in the space of the conference, a collaboration between AfroEco (a cooperative of African/African Americans and allies, including agriculturalists, educators, artists, activists) and the Institute for Advanced Study and the Department of African American & African Studies at the University of Minnesota.

Potential topics for conference papers and sessions include: The African roots of Black Environmental Thought; the history of Black Environmental Thought; Black Environmental Thought across the African Diaspora; popular culture and Black Environmental Thought; the arts and Black Environmental Thought; Black life and the out-of-doors; urban gardens; urban farming; environmental racism; Food justice/ security/sovereignty; youth in the movement; Black cooperatives; sustainability; Blacks and the land.

Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words and a brief bio of no more than 100 words to Prof. Rose Brewer, Professor of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota at by February 15, 2012. We welcome submissions from individuals, as well as panels. Conference applications will be reviewed by a panel from the organizing committee; applicants will be notified by March 31, 2012.

Registration information will be available on-line in early 2012.  For more information, see or