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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…

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…

CfA: General Operations Internships at the RCC

The RCC is currently looking for interns to start in September 2017. The deadline for the September internship has been extended to 14 July 2017.   Since its founding in 2009, the Rachel Carson Center has become one of the world’s most prominent and…

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…

Snapshot: Where Geology Meets Early Modern History

A Millstone Quarry in Upper Bavaria By Katrin Kleemann   The Mühlsteinbruch Hinterhör in Altenbeuren, Upper Bavaria—this millstone quarry was the first stop on a recent LMU geology field trip to the Northern Limestone Alps. The site is an official geotope of Bavaria (geotope…

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…

Worldview: Iran Hosts Second International Seminar on Environment, Culture, and Religion (Part 2)

International Efforts to Mobilize Religions in the Cause of Conservation Part 2. The Seminar: Premises, and Intentions Critical action is needed by the international community to address urgent and increasing environmental degradation, and related challenges of social and economic unsustainability. Religion and culture can…

Worldview: Iran Hosts Second International Seminar on Environment, Culture, and Religion (Part 1)

International Efforts to Mobilize Religions in the Cause of Conservation Part 1. Tehran “Religion is a powerful social force and for decades diverse actors who understand this have been engaged in earnest efforts to motivate and mobilize religious individuals and groups to construct environmentally…

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…

Munich’s Beautiful Botanical Garden

By Samantha Rothbart The Munich Botanical Garden may be a little sparse at the moment, but even without the vibrant green foliage that dominates the city in the summer, it is an impressive sight. You might expect the leafless branches to create an air of…

From the Stable to the Table—What Do We Eat When We Eat Raw-Milk Cheese?

By Lena Thurn and Maria Fixemer The question of which cheese to buy is not simply a question about what to eat for lunch—at least not for the US cultural anthropologist Heather Paxson and other so-called post-Pasteurians who set a specific value on their…