Intersections: Inaugural environmental history workshop
Call for Papers
Intersections: Inaugural Environmental History Workshop
Monday 3rd September 2018 
Institute of Historical Research, London
This one-day colloquium at the Institute of Historical Research will bring together leading academics, early career researchers and PhD students for the inaugural Environmental History Workshop. The workshop aims to establish an institutional space and informal network fostering dialogue between environmental historians across the UK.

Inviting papers and discussion on the theme of ‘Intersections’, this year’s meeting connects scholars working across different temporalities, geographies, and approaches, whose research incorporates environmental perspectives on the past. The workshop recognises the implicit methodological strength of environmental history in bridging disciplinary boundaries, while emphasising the ways in which historical environments make, and are made by, intersecting forms of human thought, feeling, and action.

As such, we invite papers which speak to the following:
  • Making environments: imagined and material
  • Risk, inequality and vulnerability
  • Dirt, pollution and degradation
  • Preservation, protection and scarcity
  • Extraction, exploitation and commodity chains
  • Empire, sovereignty and state-building
  • Environmental conflict and negotiation
  • Animal-human interactions
We intend for these themes to be understood broadly, so that the programme represents the wide variety of environmental histories being researched in the UK today. PhD students, early career researchers, and papers presenting work in progress are particularly encouraged.

Please send abstracts of 250 words and a short CV to [email protected] by Friday 10th March 2018.

We also welcome participants who do not wish to present a paper. Registration is free, and will open in the Spring. Some travel expenses may be available for early career researchers.

The inaugural Environmental History Workshop is organised by Elly Robson (Institute of Historical Research; University of Cambridge); Jennifer Keating (Institute of Historical Research); John Morgan (University of Manchester); Leona Skelton (Northumbria University); James Bowen (University of Liverpool); and Robert Gray (University of Winchester).

The Environmental History Workshop will be an annual event hosted at different institutions. For further information, and to get involved, visit:

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