Seeing the Woods

A blog by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society


Leave a comment

CfA: Doctoral Program Environment and Society

Call for Candidates: Doctoral Program in Environment and Society at LMU Munich, Germany

The Doctoral Program in Environment and Society invites applications from graduates in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research the complex relationships between environment and society within an interdisciplinary setting. Our program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. The Rachel Carson Center is an
international center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences: its mission is to advance research and discussion concerning the interrelationship between humans and nature.

The Rachel Carson Center and its partner institutions ensure that all doctoral students have access to a lively research community of international and interdisciplinary scholars. All doctoral students have a permanent workspace at the RCC or the Deutsches Museum, a program of regular colloquia, workshops, and talks by visiting academics; excellent supervision by members of the academic board; and a sociable and diverse peer group.  Continue reading


Leave a comment

CfA: RCC Researcher in Residence

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is pleased to announce the creation of one or more Researcher in Residence positions starting at the earliest in January 2017. These positions are designed for postdocs or inter-disciplinary scholars who have a project that falls within the RCC’s research field of Environment and Society.

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC) is an international, interdisciplinary center for research and education in the environmental humanities and social sciences. The RCC was founded in 2009 as a joint initiative of Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and the Deutsches Museum, and it is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Researcher in Residence positions will be remunerated for up to nine months; the salary is designed to finance the applicant’s residence at the RCC during this period to work exclusively on the development of the research project and grant application. The position is designed with the procurement of one of the following (or similar) grants in mind:

  • ERC Starting Grants
  • DFG Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Groups
  • BMBF Junior Research Groups
  • Sofja Kovalevskaja Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation
  • Volkswagen “Freigeist” Fellowships
  • Major Grants of the Leverhulme Trust
  • DFG Eigene Stelle Grants

Continue reading


Leave a comment

CfA: General Operations Internships at the RCC

Applications will be considered for internships beginning in September 2016.

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint project of the LMU and the Deutsches Museum, is a flagship institution for international humanities research in Germany. We contribute to public and scholarly debates about past transformations and future challenges in environment and society, harnessing the interpretative power of the humanities (and social sciences) to contextualize technologies, economies, and policies.

Our internships provide candidates the opportunity to gain insight into the administration of an acclaimed academic institution within a highly international setting. Interns support staff in the areas of:

  • Contributing to our digital portal
  • Working on our publications
  • Writing conference reports
  • Editing videos
  • Coordinating our social media presence
  • Preparing and executing conferences and events
  • Fulfilling general office duties

Continue reading


Leave a comment

CfA: RCC Fellowships 2016–17

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society invites applications for its 2016–17 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The fellowship program is designed to bring together excellent scholars who are working in environmental history and related disciplines.

The center will award fellowships to scholars from a variety of countries and disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC: transformations in environment and society. Research at the RCC is concerned with questions of the interrelationship between environmental and social changes, and in particular the reasons—social, political, cultural, and environmental factors—for these transformations.

The RCC awards five types of fellowships:

  • Carson Writing Fellowships
  • Interdisciplinary Writing Fellowships
  • Outreach Fellowships
  • Short-term Fellowships
  • Alumni Fellowships

Continue reading


Leave a comment

CfA: RCC Doctoral Program “Environment and Society”

The doctoral program “Environment and Society” invites applications from graduates in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences who wish to research the complex relationships between environment and society on an interdisciplinary basis. Our program is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum. Within the scope of the program, doctoral students acquire the ability to understand the emergence and interactions of natural and social processes. The stimulating research environment, intensive supervision, and opportunity to form international networks offer excellent conditions for doctoral students.

The program does not offer scholarships for doctoral candidates, but can assist students who apply for external funding: some funding is available for conference travel and archival or field research. Applicants wishing to be admitted to this doctoral program must hold a Master’s degree from a recognized university, show evidence of excellence in their field of study, and present a plan for a doctoral project in one of the following areas or combination of areas: Continue reading


2 Comments

Call for Participants: User Perspectives in Library Planning

by Adrian Franco, LMU and Environmental Studies Certificate Program Student

After a request made to Munich’s library directorate for information on the institution’s planned strategies for future challenges—especially management opinion on how such efforts could be harmonized with communication devices—I was kindly invited to bring fellow students and researchers together with the purpose of launching an interdisciplinary working group on the potential shapes and contents of a future library. The aim of this hands-on project is to reflect on user perspectives in the planning process. Continue reading