Inaugural Environmental History Workshop

Monday 3 September 2018

Institute of Historical Research

Senate House, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU

9.30 – 10.15        Registration, coffee and networking

10.15 – 10.30      Welcome Address, Wolfson Room NB01

10.30 – 12.00      Session One

Panel A: Hydropolitics, Wolfson Room NB01 (Chair: Leona Skelton, Northumbria University)

Pratik Chakrabarti, University of Manchester, ‘Purity and pollution: towards a new environmental history of water’

Andrew McTominey, Leeds Beckett University, ‘The environmental impact of reservoir construction in the Washburn Valley: a tale of two Yorkshire villages’

Aditya Ramesh, SOAS, ‘Unquiet flows in the Cauvery: rivers, development and the Anthropocene’

Panel B: Boundary Crossing, Wolfson Room NB02 (Chair: Katrina Navickas, University of Hertfordshire)

Ben Anderson, Keele University, ‘Theorising trespass: boundary crossing as environmental practice in early twentieth century Britain and Austria–Hungary’

Deanne M. Ashton, University of Houston, ‘The global reach of a local pint: English brewing’s commodity chain during the long nineteenth century’

Leonard Baker, University of Bristol, ‘Defending and reconstructing environments: the power of trespass in nineteenth century Somerset and Dorset’

12.00 – 1.00        Lunch

1.00 – 2.30          Session Two

Panel A: Energy Landscapes, Wolfson Room NB01 (Chair: Paul Warde, University of Cambridge)

Emily Brownell, University of Edinburgh, ‘“Fuelling Crisis”: charcoal, sustainability, and sovereignty in postcolonial Tanzania’

Marianna Dudley, University of Bristol, ‘From wind to wave: Orkney and the making of an energy landscape, 1950–2003’

Guillemette Crouzet, University of Warwick, ‘Contested landscape: intersections between the Bakhtiari tribe and British oil concessions in early twentieth-century Persia/Iran’

Panel B: Subterranean Histories, Wolfson Room NB02 (Chair: Frank Uekotter, University of Birmingham)

Carry van Lieshout, University of Cambridge, ‘Environmental histories of the underground: negotiating earth and water in the context of the Derbyshire soughs’

Andy Flack, University of Bristol, ‘Dark frontiers: intersecting exploration and encounter in the subterranean world’

Adrian Howkins, University of Bristol, ‘When geology met ecology: the Dry Valleys drilling project and the development of Antarctic environmentalism’

2.30 – 3.00          Coffee & Tea

3.00 – 4.30          Session Three

Panel A: Healthy Environments, Wolfson Room NB01 (Chair: Vanessa Taylor, University of Greenwich)

Rebecca Wright, University of York, ‘Heating Gotham: environments of health and energy in New York City and beyond, 1900–1950’

Erin Spinney, University of Oxford, ‘Nursing the built environment: environmental medicine in British naval hospitals, 1790–1815’

Tayler Meredith, University of Birmingham, ‘“Eclipsed in such a Cloud of Sulphur”: sunlight and health in early modern London’

Panel B: Disaster and Instability, Wolfson Room NB02 (Chair: Greg Bankoff, University of Hull)

Daniel Haines, University of Bristol, ‘Terra infirma: earthquakes and unstable topography in colonial South Asia’

Fiona Williamson, National University of Singapore, ‘Malaya’s greatest menace? Slow onset disaster and the muddy politics of British Malaya, c. 1900–1950’

Rory Walshe, King’s College London, ‘Déjà vu or jamais vu? Cultural memory and forgetting of tropical cyclones in Mauritius in the longue durée’

4.30 – 4.45          Coffee & Tea

4.45 – 6.00          Keynote, Wolfson Room NB01

Professor Vinita Damodaran, University of Sussex, Director of the Centre for World Environmental History (Sussex), ‘Forests, Famines and Communities; towards an environmental history of Eastern India’ (Chair: George Adamson, King’s College London)

6.00                     Wine Reception, IHR Common Room