BOOK – Rachel Carson’s “Maravilhar-se” (Portuguese translation of “The Sense of Wonder”)


(português abaixo)

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and it also marks the appearance of the first Portuguese-language translation of The Sense of Wonder, which is now available via e-mail order (from Price: €12.00 (plus shipping and handling)



2012 marca o cinquentenário da publicação do livro Silent Spring, de Rachel Carson, que acaba de ganhar uma tradução portuguesa, com introdução de Viriato Soromenho-Marques.

“Maravilhar-se”, editado pela Campo Aberto em parceria com as Edições Sempre-em-Pé (com apoio do Programa Ambiente da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian), está disponível para compra na sede da editora Campo Aberto (no Porto, Portugal) ou pelo correio (pedidos podem ser feitos via e as encomendas serão enviadas mediante comprovativo de pagamento para o NIB 0035 0730 0003 5756103 54). Custo: 12.00€ + despesas de expedição e portes (1.50€ para Portugal)

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ESSAY COMPETITION – Silent Spring Essay Contest

Fifty years ago, the world was rocked by the publication of a quiet tirade against the chemical industry. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring exposed the dangers and risks of everyday chemicals and commonplace practices; it launched the modern American environmental movements and also influenced similar movements all over the globe.

In commemoration of fifty years of Silent Spring, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (in collaboration with the British Council, the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations, and the Consulate General of the United States, Munich) is soliciting essays from junior and senior scholars which analyze the impact and reception of Silent Spring as well as the legacy of Rachel Carson. Essays might address one or more of the following questions:

  • How has Silent Spring shaped environmentalism or environmental thought in various countries? How is it a global phenomenon?
  • What elements of Silent Spring have had the greatest impact on environmental leaders? Policy makers? Anti-environmentalists?
  • How is Silent Spring still relevant to current environmental debates?
  • How has the relevance of Rachel Carson’s writing changed over the decades since Silent Spring was published?
  • If Rachel Carson were alive today, what would she be writing about?

In the spirit of Carson’s own writing, submissions are encouraged to address an interested public with an approachable and provocative style. The RCC will be awarding both a junior and senior prize for the most outstanding essays:

  • Junior Prize: $1,000 for 1,000 words (or less); Open to students aged 13-18
  • Senior Prize: $2,000 for 2,000 words (or less); Open to anyone aged 19 and above

The winning essays, as well as those which receive an honorable mention, will be published in a commemorative edition of the RCC Perspectives series, an occasional papers series available in print and online. Submissions are due via email to

The submission deadline is March 15, 2012.

Please also include a short biographical profile and indicate whether the essay is to be considered for the junior or senior prize. The essays will be reviewed by an international committee of scholars and writers. For questions, please submit queries to

CALL FOR PAPERS – Environmental Crisis and Human Costs: Homage to Rachel Carson in the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

October 1, 2012.  BIENNIAL EAAS CONFERENCE: The Health of the Nation, 30 March – 2 April, İzmir, Turkey.  Speakers must be members of their national American Studies association if there exists one in their home country. Speakers from Canada, Israel, Japan, and the USA must be members of their respective American Studies associations, or of another organization with an appropriate focus (OAH, APSA, etc.). See EAAS (European Association for American Studies) website:

Workshop 3:  Environmental Crisis and Human Costs: Homage to Rachel Carson in the 50th Anniversary of Silent Spring

Chairs:  Ufuk Őzdăg, Hacettepe University, Turkey ( and Carmen Flys Junquera, University of Alcalá, Spain (

Silence has been broken: the linkage between environmental devastation and health disruption is finally on the public health agenda. One striking fact is the conclusion reached by the World Health Organization (WHO): “at least 80 percent of all cancer is attributable to environmental influences.” (Sandra Steingraber, Living Downstream)  This linkage between health and environment, at the beginning of the second decade of a new millennium, has incessantly been brought to public attention with past nuclear catastrophes and ensuing violent alterations in the ecosystems (such as the ones at Three Mile Island, Nevada Test Site, and Chernobyl); with the detrimental effects of the global use of pesticides; with the disasters of synthetic chemicals (notwithstanding their cumulative effects),  all connected to the the escalating rates of deadly diseases.

The linkage is conspicuous, but widespread public awareness owes much to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring—the book that launched the environmental movement half a century ago with its deep documentation of pesticide damage to human health and to the natural environment. Carson, in her narration of pesticide use that threatens body ecosystems and natural ecosystems–an unprecedented intertwining of scientific knowledge with poetic sensibilities—has become a pioneer of biospheric health. Writers/scientists following Carson’s footsteps, such as Sandra Steingraber and Theo Colborn, have currently made human health issues the main focus of mainstream environmentalism in the West. Steingraber, with her Living Downstream: A Scientist’s Personal Investigation of Cancer and the Environment; and Colborn, Dumanoski, and Myers, with their Our Stolen Future: How We Are Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence and Survival, have continued Carson’s legacy into a new millennium. In these works, the intertwined ecologies of the human body and the earth body define the health of the ecosystems.

This very health and environment linkage has grown into an increasing concern, thanks to not only groundbreaking non-fiction books by writers such as Terry Tempest Williams (Refuge. An Unnatural History of Family and Place), but also to diverse fictional literary works which  explore and denounce this linkage such as Ana Castillo’s So Far from God, Cherrie Moraga’s Heroes and Saints, Barbara Neely’s Blanche Cleans Up, Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats, or Lucha Corpi’s Cactus Blood, just to name a few.

This workshop invites papers on the impact of environmental derangement on human health, in American environmental literatures (both fiction and nonfiction), bringing the inextricable link between human and environment–that Stacy Alaimo has articulated as trans-corporeality–to the forefront, and aims at strengthening the dialogue between sciences and humanities for a topic that is likely to become the most pressing ethical and political concern for decades to come. Proposals should be sent to both workshop organizers by October 1, 2011.