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CfP: “Transformations of the Earth”—International Graduate Student Workshop in Environmental History

Location: Renmin University, China

Conveners: Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center), Mingfang Xia (Renmin University), Donald Worster (Renmin University)

This conference is open to advanced graduate students and early postdocs, regardless of department, discipline, or country. The purpose of the conference is to provide promising, but inexperienced scholars an opportunity to present their work in progress (e.g., a chapter from a dissertation) before an international group of peers and a panel of senior mentors in the field.


Beijing. Photograph: Flickr, Nikolaj Potanin.

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CfP: The Anthropocene in Museums: Reflections, Projections and Imaginings

Date and Location: 3-4 December 2015, Deutsches Museum, Munich

Convenors: Kirsten Wehner (National Museum of Australia), Libby Robin (Australian National University) Jenny Newell (American Museum of Natural History), Helmuth Trischler, Rachel Carson Center/Deutsches Museum

Sponsors: Deutsches Museum, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Museums and Climate Change Network.

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CfP: Foreign Bodies, Intimate Ecologies: Transformations in Environmental History

Conveners: Dr Emily O’Gorman (Macquarie University), Dr Ruth Morgan (Monash University), Prof. Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center), Dr Cameron Muir (The Australian National University), Dr Alessandro Antonello (University of Oregon)

Sponsors: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, Munich, Germany; Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney, Australia; Centre for Environmental History, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; and Faculty of Arts, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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CfP: Men and Nature: Gender, Power, and Environmental Change

Date: 26–28 February 2016

Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, Germany

Conveners: Sherilyn MacGregor (Keele University, UK) and Nicole Seymour (California State University, Fullerton, USA)

“Gender,” in the environmental humanities and social sciences, has long been synonymous with “women.” Feminist and ecofeminist scholars have produced a great deal of work on the links between femininities and environments and on women’s involvement in environmental politics and practices. More recently, the emerging field of queer ecology has troubled the binary construction of gender that traditionally has informed (eco)feminist research. What remains under-addressed are the myriad ways in which masculinities and masculinized roles, identities, and practices shape human relationships with the more-than-human world. Indeed, the few available scholarly articles that do interrogate masculinity and environment begin with the recognition (and a lament) that there is so little research available.

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CfA: Doctoral Program “Environment and Society” at LMU Munich, Germany

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. The 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. Continue reading

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CfP: Consuming the World: Eating and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment

Location: Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Munich

Conveners: Michelle Mart (Penn State University, Berks Campus), Daniel Philippon (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities), Hanna Schösler (University of Bayreuth)

The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, a joint initiative of LMU Munich and the Deutsches Museum in Munich, invites paper proposals for a conference on eating and drinking in culture, history, and environment to take place 11–12 March 2016.

The food that people produce and eat is perhaps the most basic expression of their culture and their relationship to the environment. What individuals consume is determined by the culture of which they are a part, and what groups of people consume is determined by the environment in which they live. But food is also a matter of choice: individuals and groups also consume food as expressions of cultural narratives and desires. Moreover, culture, environment, and consumption are in a dynamic relationship, shifting and evolving at different points in time and place.

This workshop aims to explore the connections between culture, history, and environment from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective. In particular, we wish to address the following questions:
• How have cultures modified their food traditions in response to changes in their local environmental conditions?
• How have food cultures, traditions, and imaginaries been shaped by a range of biosocial factors (not only race, class, gender, and religion, but also place, geography, and biology)?
• How have cultural concerns about local/organic/slow/fair/sustainable food driven, and been driven by, specific historical, ecological, and economic changes?
• How have cultural concerns about healthy food connected bodily health with environmental health?

Paper proposals of 1–2 pages should be sent by 15 July 2015 to

All participants are expected to provide a draft of their paper approximately eight weeks before the conference. We will circulate papers in advance and expect that participants will have read them before the event.

The call for papers can be found here.

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CfA: Erasmus Exchange between RCC Environmental Studies Certificate Program and Alpen-Adria-Universität (AAU), Austria

The RCC is excited to announce a new Erasmus+ exchange program, to take place between our environmental studies certificate program at LMU and the Faculty for Interdisciplinary Research and Further Education (Interdisziplinäre Forschung und Fortbildung, IFF) at the Alpen-Adria-Universität (AAU) in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Those participating at the AAU need German at B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); at LMU, both German and English are required at B1 level.

The application deadline for the autumn term is 1 June 2015. Details can be found here in German or English. For further information, please contact Michael Neundlinger (AAU) or Jean Schleiss (LMU).

General regulations for ERASMUS exchange programs can be found here.