Tag: History

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… Continue Reading “Day 7. Danube Excursion: Bratislava—Munich”

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.… Continue Reading “Day 6. Danube Excursion: Vienna—Bratislava”

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… Continue Reading “Environmental Histories of Architecture”

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… Continue Reading “Day 2. Danube Excursion: Deggendorf—Passau”

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… Continue Reading “Day 1. The Danube Excursion: Munich—Deggendorf”

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… Continue Reading “Danube: Environments, Histories, and Cultures”

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… Continue Reading “Household Consumption and Environmental Change in the Twentieth Century”

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… Continue Reading “Transitions in Energy Landscapes and Everyday Life in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries”

Snapshot: Human Evolution Workshop

By Christian Schnurr The evolution of the genus Homo was influenced in part by the landscape in which early hominins lived. Important archaeological sites are often located in areas with very rough terrain and a rich supply of nutrients and trace elements. These two features… Continue Reading “Snapshot: Human Evolution Workshop”

Snapshot: RCC Staff Trip to Nuremberg

  “At Nuremberg, I had the same surreal feeling I often experience in my hometown of Gettysburg, where I am surrounded by land that marks one of the bloodiest and most decisive battles of the American Civil War. The sunshine and the bucolic beauty of… Continue Reading “Snapshot: RCC Staff Trip to Nuremberg”