Category: Center Activities

Post-Mosquito Mortem: A Symposium Report

A report of the event “Mosquitopia? The Place of Pests in a Healthy World” (A Rachel Carson Legacy Symposium). For more on the topic, check out the three-part feature “Mosquitopia” in the ongoing series “Silent Spring Continued: A World without Insects.” 24–27 October 2019,… Continue Reading “Post-Mosquito Mortem: A Symposium Report”

Contested Ecologies: Munich

By: Clemens Hufeld Munich is a beautiful city that has much to offer. It has the Oktoberfest, one of the world’s largest urban fairs, surfers in the middle of the city, beautiful landscapes in its vicinity, and a long tradition of urban life. The… Continue Reading “Contested Ecologies: Munich”

The Making of a Mountain: Constructing the Untersberg Mountain as a Contemporary Spiritual Destination

By: Robert Baumgartner While waiting for the train back to Munich at the end of our place-based workshop in Berchtesgaden National Park last summer, I browsed the local station bookshop’s section on local tourism, culture, and folklore. With the National Park becoming an ever more… Continue Reading “The Making of a Mountain: Constructing the Untersberg Mountain as a Contemporary Spiritual Destination”

Memorializing the Landscape: Walking the Stanza Stones Trail

By: Eveline de Smalen Preparing to take my sister out on a walk in the Yorkshire countryside, I looked at a map. The map, as it often is in these days of technological wonder, was an app that I have on my phone. I… Continue Reading “Memorializing the Landscape: Walking the Stanza Stones Trail”

Stimmenspur: Sound Trails in the English Garden

By Vera Kovacs Have you ever burst into tears when a song came on the radio that reminded you of a loved one lost? Have you ever avoided going a certain route or into a room in your house where you once had a… Continue Reading “Stimmenspur: Sound Trails in the English Garden”

Environmental Histories—Environmental Futures: Perspectives from Germany and Italy

Workshop Report (17-21 June 2019, Villa Vigoni, Italy) By Claudio de Majo June 2019 saw a group of German and Italian scholars come  together in the German-Italian Cultural Center of Excellence Villa Vigoni to discuss national perspectives on environmental history. The event was convened… Continue Reading “Environmental Histories—Environmental Futures: Perspectives from Germany and Italy”

The Anthropocene: Challenging the Disciplines

Workshop Report (8 April 2019, Vienna, Austria) Vienna Anthropocene Network, University of Vienna By Eugenio Luciano On 8 April 2019, the University of Vienna hosted the workshop “The Anthropocene: Challenging the Disciplines” organized by the recently established Vienna Anthropocene Network. The 12th floor Sky… Continue Reading “The Anthropocene: Challenging the Disciplines”

Changing Landscapes of Indigeneity: CHE Place-Based Workshop

Workshop Report (13–16 May 2019, Madison–Wisconsin, USA) Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Center for Culture, History, and Environment By Daniel Dumas  In May 2019, a group of staff, doctoral candidates, and Environmental Studies Certificate Program students from the Rachel Carson Center… Continue Reading “Changing Landscapes of Indigeneity: CHE Place-Based Workshop”

Histories of Women and Energy

Workshop Report (23–25 April 2019, Rachel Carson Center, Munich) By Ruth Sandwell and Abigail Harrison Moore Why Women and Energy? As people around the world slowly take in the connections between the energy-related practices of their daily lives and the planetary threat posed by… Continue Reading “Histories of Women and Energy”

(Um)Weltschmerz: An Exercise in Humility and Melancholia

Conference Report (7–20 October 2018, Munich) Nearly three years to the day after the Marie Curie ENHANCE ITN’s official kick-off  in Munich, a final conference titled (Um)Weltschmerz: An Exercise in Humility and Melancholia marked the official end of the program. After three years of… Continue Reading “(Um)Weltschmerz: An Exercise in Humility and Melancholia”