Essence of history research is disappearing

I am drinking Russian tea from Kuban (Krasnodar). It is a unique tea, since tea plantation is only recently renewed in the Russian Federation. I drink this tea to understand Russia better. Cultural immersion is one of the methods I use to understand cultures when I research. This may sound strange in a world when historical science is forced to comply with requirements of impact factor and citations maths. However, cultural immersion and immersion with the landscape were in the heart of the Annales school, an eminent French scholarly movement that gave birth to my beloved discipline of practice: environmental history. I hope not to give up ideals of Bloch, Braudel, Duby, le Goff, Ladurie.

CfP: Environmental history day of Finland / Suomen ympäristöhistoriapäivä, 12.05.2020, Helsinki

Call for Papers 
 
Environmental history day of Finland 
Suomen ympäristöhistoriapäivä
12.05.2020 
Helsinki 
 
Environment in History and the Importance of the Environment for Finnish History Scholarship
Ympäristö historiassa ja ympäristön merkitys suomalaiselle historiantutkimukselle
 
Helsinki University Humanities Programme, Environmental Humanities Hub
Helsingin yliopiston humanististen tieteiden ohjelma, Humanistisen ympäristötutkimuksen keskus
 
Call for Papers  (Suomeksi englanninkielisen version jälkeen)

 

Changes in the environment and human-environment relationship have played a central role in history. Environment have had and still has a profound impact on historical study. A great deal of scholarship has been written in Finnish universities addressing the history of climate, landscape, water, air, urbanization, and technological networks not only in relation to Finland’s history but on a wide range of international and global contexts.

The first Finnish Environmental History Day aims to showcase the eminent environmental history scholarship written in Finnish universities, including wide range of topics with Finnish as well as international foci. The Finnish Environmental History Day pursues to foster discourse and provide a chance for networking among the scholars working on environmental history in Finland, or working on a Finnish environmental history topic abroad. The organizers wish to invite scholars at all career stages to submit their proposals. The Finnish Environmental History Day is hosted by the Helsinki University Humanities Programme, Environmental Humanities Hub.

The 2020 Finnish Environmental History Day welcomes papers on all topics. Papers on the following themes are particularly likely to be included into the program:

– Finnish environment between the East and the West

– Lakes, sea, rivers, forests, bogs, wetlands, rural areas and the city

– Relationship of humans and animals

– Politics, economy, technology, institutions and the environment

– Environmental crises in societies

– The role of the environment in liberal democracies and authoritarian regimes

– International/transnational discourses and conceptualizations of environmental policies

 

The organizers wish to receive primarily proposals for written presentation but also accept proposals for oral presentations. The language of the presentations can be either in Finnish or in English.

To apply please send your max. 300 word abstract and short CV in English or Finnish to the organizers by March 1, 2020, to the following email address: viktor.pal@helsinki.fi 

Accepted speakers will be notified by March 15. Organizers will provide lunch and coffee during the meeting. Speakers are kindly asked to fund their trips to Helsinki.

Additionally, the participants have a chance to take part to a self-financed social dinner right after the conference ca. 17:00.

 

Organizers would like to express their gratitude to the generous funding by the Helsinki University Humanities Programme and venue provided by HELSUS, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Sciences.

Call for Papers

Ympäristön muutoksilla sekä ihmisen ja ympäristön suhteella on keskeinen rooli historiassa ja historian tutkimuksessa. Suomalaisissa yliopistoissa on kirjoitettu erinomaista tutkimusta ilmaston, maiseman, veden, ilman, kaupungistumisen ja teknologisten verkkojen historiasta Suomessa, mutta myös monenlaisissa kansainvälisissä ja globaaleissa konteksteissa

Ensimmäisen Suomen ympäristöhistoriapäivän tavoitteena on esitellä suomalaisissa yliopistoissa tehtyä korkeatasoista ympäristöhistorian tutkimusta, jonka aiheet kattavat laajasti niin suomalaisia kuin kansainvälisiäkin teemoja. Lisäksi Suomen ympäristöhistorianpäivä pyrkii tarjoamaan mahdollisuuksia verkostoitumiseen ja keskusteluyhteyksien syntymiseen ympäristöhistoriallisten aiheiden kanssa työskentelevien tutkijoiden välillä Suomessa ja ulkomailla. Järjestäjät toivottavat eri uravaiheissa olevat tutkijat tervetulleiksi esittelemään tutkimuksensa. Suomen ympäristöhistorianpäivän järjestää Helsingin yliopiston humanististen tieteiden ohjelma, Humanistisen ympäristötutkimuksen keskus.

 

Vuoden 2020 Suomen ympäristöhistoriapäivä toivottaa kaikki aiheet tervetulleiksi. Erityisesti kuitenkin seuraavia aiheita käsittelevillä esityksillä on suuri mahdollisuus päästä mukaan ohjelmaan:

– Suomalainen ympäristö idän ja lännen välillä

– Järvet, meri, joet, metsät, turvesuot, kosteikot sekä maaseutu ja kaupunki

– Ihmisen ja eläimen välinen suhde

– Politiikka, talous, tekniikka, instituutiot ja ympäristö

– Ympäristökriisit yhteiskunnissa

– Ympäristön rooli liberaaleissa demokratioissa ja autoritaarisissa järjestelmissä

– Kansainväliset/ ylirajaiset ympäristöpoliittiset diskurssit ja käsitteet

 

Järjestäjät toivovat ensisijaisesti kirjallisia esityksiä, mutta hyväksymme myös suullisia esityksiä. Esitysten kieli voi olla joko suomi tai englanti.

Lähetä maksimissaan 300 sanan abstraktisi ja lyhyt ansioluettelosi järjestäjille 1. maaliskuuta 2020 mennessä seuraavaan sähköpostiosoitteeseen: viktor.pal@helsinki.fi

Hyväksymisestä ilmoitetaan 15. maaliskuuta mennessä. Järjestäjät tarjoavat lounaan ja kahvin tapahtuman aikana. Osallistujia pyydetään ystävällisesti rahoittamaan oma matkansa Helsinkiin.

Lisäksi osallistujilla on mahdollisuus osallistua omakustanteiseen päivälliseen heti konferenssin jälkeen n. kello 17:00.

Järjestäjät haluavat kiittää Helsingin yliopiston humanistisen ohjelman rahoitusta ja tapahtumapaikkaa HELSUSissa.

 

Finnish Environmental History Day 2020 Organizing Committee

Suomen ympäristöhistoriapäivän 2020 järjestelykomitea

Mikko Saikku, head of the committee, University of Helsinki

Atte Arffman, University of Jyväskylä

Pasi T. Ihalainen, University of Jyväskylä

Matti O. Hannikainen, University of Helsinki

Risto-Matti Matero, University of Jyväskylä

Viktor Pál, University of Helsinki

Paula Schönach, University of Helsinki

Esa Ruuskanen, University of Oulu

#ESEH2019 Twitter Conference Call for Papers August 15-16 2019

The Next Generation Action Team (NEXTGATe) of the European Society for Environmental History invites abstract submissions for a Twitter conference from 15-16 August, 2019, prior to the ESEH meeting in Tallinn. This is a great opportunity for those who attending the conference to give a preview of their paper or for those who are unable to attend the physical conference. Each participant will have fifteen minutes (approximately 10 tweets) to present their paper using the twitter conference hashtag, with a further fifteen minutes for a virtual question and answer session. We welcome and encourage the use of images, brief videos, gifs and memes in presentations. Papers may be collaborative. Each paper will be circulated on the @ESEHtweets and @ENextgate to c.1500 followers, then continue to circulate as individual Twitter moments before and during ESEH 2019 in Tallinn. If you are curious as to what this format could look like please see last year’s #ASEH2018tweets conference organised by Jessica DeWitt.

The #ESEH2019 Twitter Conference hopes to provide:

A dynamic platform on which emerging and established scholars can disseminate their research using digital communication methods.
Increased visibility and publicity for environmental history, #ESEH2019 and its presenters.
Interaction with the wider public and scholars unable to attend #ESEH2019.
A carbon neutral alternative to traditional conference structures, offering an opportunity for individuals unable to attend #ESEH2019 to participate in the conference.
Submission requirements:

250 word abstract
Three keywords
Presenter(s) institutional affiliation (if applicable) and Twitter handle(s)
Presenter(s) Academic CV (max. 2 pages)
For further guidance, visit esehtwitterconference.home.blog for a comprehensive guide to presenting at the conference.

Abstract submissions are due by 1 August 2019 to esehtwitterconference@gmail.com Participants will be notified of their acceptance for the conference by August 7.

Popular IHSEAR panel at the ASEH 2019 Annual Meeting in the USA

IHSEAR founder Viktor Pál and network members Anthony Andersson, Stephen Brain, Leonardo Valenzuela Pérez, Christopher Reed, and Richard Tucker organised a highly successful roundtable session at the American Society for Environmental History conference in Columbus, Ohio on April 12. Given the high number of attendees it was one of the most successful sessions at the ASEH conference.

The Arts for Justice,  Indigenous Coalition Building and Artistic Activism

The Arts for Justice,

Indigenous Coalition Building and Artistic Activism

April 15that 9:15–17:00

University of Helsinki, lecture room 5 (Fabianinkatu 33)

Seminar organized by Indigenous Studies and Environmental Humanities/ University of Helsinki and University of Arts Helsinki

This seminar discusses the contemporary engagements with artistic forms of evidencing, communicating, and resisting, such as visual arts, performance, theatre, writing, film, video, eco-media and social media that address environmental and social justice and Indigenous rights. How are various constituencies showcasing Indigenous ways of knowing and being, as well as calling for actions and approaches that challenge dominant practices, such as extractivism, pipelines, land grabbing, and other threats to Indigenous values and homelands? How might artistic activism contribute to building coalitions across nations and differences? What techniques are used to reach audiences and what possible changes can result? What can be evidenced by the arts? The participants are both artists and researchers, sharing their works and ideas, and then we encourage the participants to take part in the conversation in which we will learn from each other.

Preliminary schedule:

9:15 Opening words by the organisers

9:30–10:30 Keynote by Marja Helander (Sámi visual and video artist)

10:30–10:45 Coffee

10:45–12:15 Panel discussion 1:

Sasha Huber (artist and University of Arts Helsinki)

Eeva-Kristiina Harlin (University of Oulu)

Pirjo K. Virtanen (University of Helsinki)

Cheryl J. Fish (City University of New York)

(facilitator Lea Kantonen)

12:15–13:30 Lunch

13:30–14:15 Keynote by May-Brit Öhman (University of Uppsala):

14:15–14:30 Coffee

14:30–16:00 Panel discussion 2:

Stina Roos (Sámi artist)

Klisala Harrison (University of Helsinki)

Lea Kantonen (University of Arts Helsinki)

Hanna Guttorm (University of Helsinki)

(facilitator Cheryl J. Fish)

16:00–16:45 Student works’ presentation

16:45–17:00 End circle

17:00 Wine reception & Poster Exhibition by the students in the course Biocultural approaches to the environment and conservation (IND-512)

Registration by April 5 : https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/97035/lomake.html

Next HUH EH Forum, on March 25 (Monday!!), at 14.15-15.45, Ekatherina Zhukova, University of Copenhagen on Chernobyl Children and Social Implications

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

we kindly invite you to the next Helsinki University Environmental Humanities Forum

March 25 (Monday!!), at 14.15-15.45

Ekatherina Zhukova

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

“The Recuperation of the Chernobyl Children and Social Implications”

Porthania P724 (Yliopistonkatu 3)

Please kindly see Abstract and short Bio of Speaker below.

Looking forward to meeting/seeing you soon!

Twitter @helsinkienvhum

Facebook @helsinkienvhum

Blog: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/environment

With kind wishes, Viktor Pál and Mikko Saikku

Bio

Dr. Zhukiva is a postdoctoral researcher (2018-2020) in a research project “Images of Conflict, Conflicting Images” (2017-2021, Velux Foundation). Her subproject looks at how images from historical events shape visual representation of contemporary conflicts and how, in turn, digital images produced today change our knowledge about the past. She focuses on the current conflict in Ukraine and how images of two historical events – the Soviet famine and the World War II – shape and are shaped by the visuals produced during the current crisis.

She hold PhD in Political Science (specialization Political Sociology) from Aarhus University (2012-2015) where she focused on media representations of responsibility for managing the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Belarus and Ukraine since 1990s. She was also a postdoctoral researcher in Gender Studies at Lund University (2017-2018) where she investigated the role of gender in humanitarian programmes for disaster survivors.

The link to her academic profile:

https://mcc.ku.dk/staff/?pure=en%2Fpersons%2Fekatherina-zhukova(87009728-9da6-4f42-b9c8-b3a942cedcde).htm

HUH Environmental Humanities Forum, March 19 (Tuesday), Marcy Rockman, ICOMOS, Washington, DC

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

we kindly invite you to the next Helsinki University Environmental Humanities Forum

March 19 (Tuesday), at 14.15-15.45

Marcy Rockman

IPCC lead, Climate Change and Heritage Working Group

Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), Washington, DC

“Cultural Heritage as a Source of Creativity for Climate Change”

Kielikeskus (Language Center) sh.204 (Fabianinkatu 26)

Please kindly see Abstract and short Bio of Speaker below.

Looking forward to meeting/seeing you soon!

Twitter @helsinkienvhum

Facebook @helsinkienvhum

Blog: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/environment

With kind wishes, Viktor Pál and Mikko Saikku

Abstract

“Cultural Heritage as a Source of Creativity for Climate Change”

Archaeological heritage is founded in the material remains of the past. And climate change is now putting many of these material remains around the world at risk for damage or destruction. But the strongest connection of archaeological cultural heritage to climate change may lie in the creativity it allows in finding meaningful responses to climate challenges. Drawing on nine years of experience in the US federal government, this presentation outlines three areas of heritage based creativity, including research question matching, climate stories, and community engagement with what matters most.

Bio

Marcy Rockman is an archaeologist who studies how humans gather, remember, and transmit environmental information, particularly during colonization. She’s used this research to address situations as diverse as cultural resource management in the American Southwest and homeland security risk communication in Washington, DC. From 2011-2018 she served as the US National Park Service (NPS) Climate Change Adaptation Coordinator for Cultural Resources. She is now working under the auspices of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Climate Change and Heritage Working Group to improve incorporation of heritage in reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Dr. Rockman holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, and B.Sc. in Geology from the College of William and Mary. Her major publications include Colonization of Unfamiliar Landscapes: The Archaeology of Adaptation and the NPS Cultural Resources Climate Change Strategy.