Category: Conference Reports

Crossing Species and Cultures: New Histories of Pacific Whaling

By Ryan Jones (All photos courtesy of the author) In late June, the Rachel Carson Center cosponsored a two-day pre-read workshop at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa on “Crossing Species and Cultures: New Histories of Pacific Whaling.” Participants were invited to think about…

The Environmental History of the Pacific World

by Shen HOU (all photos courtesy of the author) The Pacific Ocean is the outcome of plate tectonic movement and one of the largest eco-regions on earth. It was explored by ancient navigators, and people dispersed to all of the ocean’s shores during early…

Sites of Remembering: Landscapes – Lessons – Policies

By Eveline de Smalen On 27 and 28 April, the Rachel Carson Center hosted Sites of Remembering: Landscapes – Lessons – Policies. This workshop was born of a desire to enable research in the humanities and social sciences to speak to policy and to…

How New Are the Renewables? Historicizing Energy Transitions

Workshop Report (21–23 February 2018, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany) By Odinn Melsted *All images courtesy of the author In February of 2018, the Deutsches Museum in Munich, in cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, hosted the academic workshop “How New Are…

Transformations in Environment and Society

by Arielle Helmick In February 2018, a group of Carson fellows and staff headed to Abu Dhabi—not for a mid-winter beach trip, but rather for the inaugural collaborative workshop between the RCC and the newly founded Earth Humanities Research Initiative at New York University…

Hazardous Time-Scapes: How to Make Sense of Toxic Landscapes from Multiple Timed, Spaced, and Embodied Perspectives?

Workshop Report (30 November–12 December 2017, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany) by Laura Deal (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster) How do we understand toxic environments? What roles do time, space, narration, and embodiment play in our conceptualizations of what it is for something to be considered “toxic”?…

Asia and the Pacific: Environments—Cultures—Histories

Workshop Report (LMU-ChAN Satellite Conference, 3–5 November 2017, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany) by Travis Klingberg (All sketches by Libby Robin) Flood-proof cities. The social costs of waste incineration. Water level changes in the Pearl River Delta. The environmental impact of nineteenth-century Chinese immigration…

Communicating the Climate: How to Communicate Scholarly Findings on Climate and Weather in a Controversial Time

Workshop Report (Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany, 18 August 2017) by Katrin Kleemann On 18 August 2017, the RCC hosted a workshop on the challenges and goals of communicating climate research. The workshop was organized by two RCC doctoral candidates, Jeroen Oomen and Katrin…

Ecopolis München: Ecopolis Night

“A Student Exhibition on Munich’s Environmental Histories” All photographs courtesy of Florin Prună. In late July, students of the RCC’s Environmental Studies Certificate Program organized Ecopolis München: Umweltgeschichten einer Stadt. This interactive multimedia exhibition showcased Munich’s environmental histories through the students’ final projects, and was…

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….

Environmental Histories of Architecture

Workshop Report (Rachel Carson Center, 28–29 June 2017). Written by Daniel A. Barber (University of Pennsylvania), Alexander von Humboldt Foundation advanced research fellow and former RCC visiting fellow. Daniel also organized the workshop.   The relationship between environmental history and the history of the…