EHW 2021 – What are you doing?

We were unable to organise a full Environmental History Workshop this year, but didn’t want to let the year go without creating the annual space for environmental history in the UK that we established EHW for in the first place.

So we are organising a short and sweet ‘What are you doing?’ workshop, inspired by the successful ‘What’s happening in Black British History?’ workshop series. We invite proposals for ten-minute talks on future, new and ongoing research in environmental history. We would like this to be an opportunity to connect with other environmental historians based in the UK and further afield. Think of this as a chance to say ‘hi!’ to your fellow researchers, to float new project ideas, discuss a problem or conundrum in your work or talk about work in progress.

The workshop will be on Zoom on Wednesday 1 December, from 2pm to 4pm, and will feature up to six ten-minute talks.

If you would like to speak at the workshop, please send a title and short description of what you propose to talk about (no more than 150 words) to environmentalhistoryworkshop@gmail.com by 31 October 2021. We will get back to you by Friday 5 November and hope to release the programme the following week.

 Everyone is welcome to submit a proposal. If we receive more than six proposals we will prioritise welcoming new members to the environmental history community, selecting proposals from new scholars or those making their way into environmental history for the first time.

2018 workshop programme and registration

We’re really thrilled to be able to share the programme for September’s workshop with you.

We received a phenomenal response to the call for papers. The diversity of topics and approaches represented on the programme is remarkable, and should prove for a very stimulating day in September. As a collective, we hope to have imposed some kind of logic on the papers and have divided them into sessions on hydropolitics, boundary crossing, energy landscapes, subterranean histories, healthy environments, and disaster and instability. We’re delighted to welcome Professor Vinita Damodaran, Professor of South Asian History and Director of the Centre for World Environmental History at the University of Sussex as our keynote.

You can find the full programme here, and register to attend here.

Thanks to the kind support of the IHR’s Power and Postan Fund and the Royal Historical Society, we are able to offer some travel bursaries for postgraduate, early career and low income colleagues.

There were a number of papers we couldn’t find space for in the programme but that we really wanted to hear. So, taking inspiration from the excellent Voices of the People symposium hosted on the Many Headed Monster, we will be holding a virtual workshop throughout August, showcasing the best environmental history research that we couldn’t schedule for September. Stay tuned to our dedicated blog page for updates.

— John.

Workshop progress!

We have been a little quiet lately – but for good reasons.

The call for papers for our inaugural workshop closed on 26 March. We were overwhelmed with the response, received many more proposals than we could have imagined, and too many to accommodate in a single-stream single-day event.

We’re excited about the programme and hope to be able to share it with you soon. We’ve tried to balance accepting as many of the submissions as we could, while also keeping the panels (now in two parallel streams) coherent. This has sadly meant we’ve had to decline some really excellent proposals which we just couldn’t fit into any of our sessions. 

But, watch this space… We’re hoping to find a way for those excellent abstracts to live on through Environmental History Workshop somehow.

More soon(-ish)…

– John