Category: Photo of the Week

Snapshot: Mini Workshop on Sub-Saharan African History

Last week, the RCC hosted a group of African scholars, along with their mentors, to discuss and support proposals for a postdoctoral fellowship grant from the Volkswagen Foundation. In a three-day series of mini-workshops, the teams discussed their intended projects with RCC director Christof…

Snapshot: “Beyond Doom and Gloom: An Exploration Through Letters”—A New Virtual Exhibition

By Katrin Kleemann The Environment & Society Portal has launched a new virtual exhibition, curated by Elin Kelsey. It is a collection of letters that addresses the cultural concept of “doom and gloom” with regard to the issues we are currently facing at the beginning…

Snapshot: Busy Urban Mining Bees

The warm temperatures we saw here in Munich at the beginning of April were likely the trigger for the frantic mating spectacle of Andrena mining bees. These busy little bees overwinter in burrows and over the course of a few days in spring, the adults emerge to reproduce. A frenzy ensues…

Snapshot: “Consuming the World” workshop, RCC, 11–12 March 2016

The workshop “Consuming the World: Eating and Drinking in Culture, History, and Environment” took place at the Rachel Carson Center on 11–12 March and brought together scholars from a range of disciplines for two days of discussions on food, culture, history, and the environment….

Bavarian Beavers Remind Us of Lent

Walking along the Isar and Würm rivers in Munich you can see the remnants of trees that have been felled by the resident, nonhuman “ecological engineers.” Conservationists are delighted by the success of beaver reintroduction programs, but residents on the receiving end of beaver-related…

Snapshot: Fur seals at the beach close to the former whaling station … on South Georgia.

For several decades at the beginning of the twentieth century the remote island of South Georgia, approximately 1,400 kilometers east of the southern tip of South America, was the center of the global whaling and sealing industries.

Snapshot: Invasive Tiger Mosquito at the Deutsches Museum

  Yes, we’ve all heard about invasive species being one of the challenges of the future, but does it really concern us individually? It does—when it means that we are legally required to cut down old and beloved trees in our garden because they…

Snapshot: Distant Transformations

by Maya Schmitt and Katrin Kleemann Close to Las Negras, southeast Spain, is a site of historical and geological significance. Our exploration through an old “Seifenlagerstätte” (placer deposit) stretch had us intrigued by its thousands of garnet minerals. These were spread out, attached or…

Snapshot: Food Markets, Yunnan, China

Locals in Dali, China, shop for food, carrying goods in baskets on their backs. Locally-grown rice, wheat, vegetables, and tobacco are brought weekly to the Monday market in the village of Shaping. 

Snapshot: Earthquake simulation at the Museum Mensch und Natur

What do you have to do when you experience an earthquake? Perhaps you might seek shelter under a table or under a doorframe. If you are a geologist, however, you also need to collect data and measure what you are experiencing. In case you…

Snapshot: ESEH Preparation!

RCC Editors Stephanie Hood and Marielle Dado, and Research Associate Susanne Darabas have been preparing for the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) 2015 conference in Versailles! Come and visit us at our book table, where we will be showcasing our Perspectives journal including a brand new volume, “The Imagination…

Photo of the Week: Val Berros