Category: Lecture Notes

Day 7. Danube Excursion: Bratislava—Munich

by Lea Wiser Bratislava → Munich   Spending a night on a boat and waking up to views over the glimmering river is not something that happens every day. After a long night, a hearty breakfast helped us to regain our energy for the…

Day 6. Danube Excursion: Vienna—Bratislava

by Laura Kuen Vienna → Orth → Gabčíkovo → Bratislava Traveling from Vienna to Bratislava, our day’s topics branched in quite different directions: water power and nature conservation. We first visited the Austrian National Park Donau-Auen in Orth and later the Gabčíkovo Dams, Slovakia’s biggest hydroelectric plant….

Day 5. Danube Excursion: Krems—Vienna

by Christoph Netz Krems → Vienna Research Channels, Sterlets, and the Danube Island of Vienna With another early start, it was lucky that the memorable apricot jam, a local specialty, provided a good incentive to get up in time for breakfast. Only five minutes…

Day 3. Danube Excursion: Passau—Linz

by Lea Wiser Passau → Linz Our third day on the Danube excursion was both eventful and thought provoking, packed with activities covering a broad range of subjects: from environment and sustainability to modern history and the Nazi regime, to where these two subjects…

Day 2. Danube Excursion: Deggendorf—Passau

Written by Leon Gomoll Deggendorf → Vilshofen → Jochenstein → Passau Bridge-Building and Nature Conservation on the Donau Early Modern Bridges and Politics in Bavaria On the second day of our field trip, we learned about Early Modern bridge-building in Bavaria. Martin Keßler’s talk…

Day 1. The Danube Excursion: Munich—Deggendorf

Written by David Stäblein Munich —> Winzer —> Mühlham —> Deggendorf The bus ride from Munich to Deggendorf along the Isar river The landscape en route from Munich to Deggendorf is dominated by the flat valley of the river Isar. The river has carried…

Radical Hope: Inspiring Sustainability Transformations through Our Past

Conference Report (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany, 3–4 July 2017) By Erika Bsumek and John Barry Hope by Vaclav Havel Hope is a state of mind, not a state of the world Either we have hope within us or we don’t. Hope is not a…

Danube: Environments, Histories, and Cultures

A Place-Based Workshop 4–11 June 2017 Winding through Central and Eastern Europe, the once longstanding frontier of the Roman empire, the Danube, has carved its way into the landscapes and cultures of the countries it traverses. But the marks of humans, imprints of the…

Knowing Nature: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge

Conference Report (Beijing, China, 25–27 May 2017) By Katrin Kleemann Historians like traditions and they like to invent them. Helmuth Trischler, director of the Rachel Carson Center and head of research at the Deutsches Museum, made this remark as he looked back at the conference’s…

Household Consumption and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century

30–31 May 2017, Bologna, Italy In May 2017, the University of Bologna’s Department of History and Culture hosted a workshop entitled “Household Consumption and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century.” The workshop was co-convened by RCC alumnus Giacomo Parrinello (Sciences Po, Paris) and professor of…

Transitions in Energy Landscapes and Everyday Life in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

27–29 April 2017, Munich, Germany A report on the workshop sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK), Rachel Carson Center, and the Deutsches Museum (Germany), convened by Heather Chappells (University of British Columbia), Vanessa Taylor (University of Greenwich), Frank Trentmann (Birkbeck College), Helmuth…

COP21: How We Make the Weather

by Dominic Kotas, Copywriter at ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability and alumnus RCC editor. So, after all the planning, speculation, and nervous anticipation, COP21 happened—and was generally seen as a qualified success. I was lucky enough to be in the “Climate Generations” areas (just next door…