EHW 2020: Programme

The organising committee is pleased to present the programme for our third annual workshop on the theme Transformations. This year’s workshop takes place on 7 and 8 September in virtual form and is hosted by the University of Liverpool. 

For details on registration, please click here. All times are in British Summer Time. 

Monday 7 September

12:30-13:00 Welcome Session

13:00-14:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 2A: Historical Writing, Sources and Methods

The Historian in Forensic Landscapes by Elizabeth Haines (University of Bristol),

Fascist Colonial Ecologies: An Environmental History of Italian Colonialism in North Africa (1922-1943) by Roberta Biasillo (Rachel Carson Center, Munich)

Dead Mines, Ruderal Lives, and More-Than-Human Ecologies: Toxicity and Post-Industrial Assemblages in Wallonia, Belgium by Daniele Valisena (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)

Session 2B: Colonial Transformations

The Infrastructure of Water: City, Countryside and Colonial Urbanism by Aditya Ramesh (University of Manchester)

Animalizing Appalachia by Corey Wrenn (University of Kent)

Past(e)urising the Frontier: the Animal Economies of British Settler-Colonialism in South Africa and the Colonial Bacteriological Institute at Grahamstown (1891-1905) by Tarquin Holmes (London School of Economics)

14:30-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Parallel Sessions

Session 3A: Insecticides and ‘Silent Spring’

Slow, Mediated and Uneven: Rewriting the History of Pesticide Use in British Farming by Sabine Clarke (University of York) and Tom Lean (University of York)

The Inception and Transformation of the Environmental Movement: The Influence of Rachel Carson and Silent Spring by Catherine Price (University of East Anglia)

Plastic Grass, Silent Spring, and the Persistent Materiality of Self by Jessica van Horssen (Leeds Beckett University)

Session 3B: Competing Environmental Knowledge

Ecological Change on California’s Mono Trail by Scott Morris (University of Utah)

Against Productivity: Afro-Guyanese Self-Determination through Collective Land Purchase, 1834–1856 by Catie Peters (Harvard University)

Transforming Peasant Politics into Environmental Politics: The CSUTCB in Bolivia 1970-1985 by Olivia Arigho-Stiles (University of Essex) [Cancelled]

16:30-17:00 Break

17:00-18:30 Keynote Lecture by Christienna D. Fryar

End of Day One

Tuesday 8 September

12:00-12:45 Commemorating Richard H. Grove

With reflections by Rohan D’Souza (Kyoto University), Deepak Kumar (Jawaharlal Nehru University), and Mahesh Rangarajan (Ashoka University)

12:45-13:00 Break

13:00-14:00 Parallel Sessions

Session 6A: Urban and Rural Landscapes

Back-to-the-land as Environmental Sentiment: 20th-Century Moves Toward Smallholding in Australia by Rachel Goldlust (La Trobe University)

Fields into Factories: The Shifting of Urban/Rural Boundaries by the Expansion of Britain’s Second World War Military-Industrial Capacity by Gary Willis (University of Bristol)

Session 6B: Postwar Transformations

From Isolation to Touristification: Tourism and the Environment in Cinque Terre by Elisa Tizzoni (University of Pisa)

The Construction of Air Pollution in Bogotá (Colombia) in the 20th Century by Mauricio Alberto Ángel (National University of Colombia)

14:00-14:30 Break

14:30-16:00 Parallel Sessions

Session 7A: Wetlands

Digging the Common: Common of Turbary in Early Modern Lancashire, 1650-1750 by Nye Merrill-Glover (University of Manchester)

Fishers and Eels: Oral History, Disappearing Livelihoods, and Endangered Species in an Age of Extinction by Seth Gustafson (University College London)

Fábricas de agua: Water Infrastructures, Landscape Transformation and Changing Urban-Páramo Relations in the Bogotá region, Colombia by Hanne Cottyn (University of York), Santiago Martinez Medina (The Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Bogotá), Ana Maria Garrido Corredor (The Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute, Bogotá), and Joshua Kirshner (University of York)

Session 7B: Animals

Science, Nature, and More-than-human Settler Colonialism in Tierra del Fuego by Mara Dicenta (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Edmund Selous’s Queer Birds and the Transmutation of the Sexes in Edwardian Ethology by Ross Brooks (Oxford Brookes University)

Friend and Foe: Enslaved People and Dogs in the Works Project Administration Oral Histories by Victoria Shea (University of Liverpool)

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-18:00 Parallel Sessions

Session 8A: Representation and Aesthetics

Still Out There: The Unique Legacy of Post-war British Public Art by Alina Congreve

The Transformation of Serra in Medieval Sources: from the Flying Fish into a Sea Monster by Polina Ignatova (Lancaster University)

Fossils in Landscapes: The Recreation of Past Environments in Nineteenth-Century Geological Writings by Victor Monnin (University of Strasbourg)

Session 8B: Development

Visions of Empire: Landscape transformation and the moral logic of plantation management in early 20th-Century Tobago by Lowell Woodcock (Sussex Centre for World Environmental History) [Cancelled]

Dams, Wind and Hydrocarbons in the Energy politics in Greece from 1950-2020 by Stathis Arapostathis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)

Hubris: Manaus and the Urbanization of Amazonia since the Brazilian Military Dictatorship by Adrián Lerner Patrón (Princeton University)

18:00-18:15 Farewell Session

End of Workshop