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“NEW PERSPECTIVES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY”

A Northeast Regional Conference 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Haven, Connecticut

     CONFERENCE SCHEDULE * ABSTRACTS * PARTICIPANTS * TRAVEL INFORMATION

                                             Eventbrite - New Perspectives in Environmental History, Spring 2015 Conference

OVERVIEW: Yale Environmental History will host a one-day conference, "New Perspectives in Environmental History," on Saturday, April 18, 2015. The conference aims to showcase new graduate student research in environmental history and to encourage dialogue among graduate students and faculty.

The conference will include three moderated panel sessions featuring papers by doctoral students from eight different universities. The first session, "THE NATURE OF NATIONS," examines struggles over sovereignty in the Newfoundland fisheries; the relationship between environmental activism and the Latvian independence movement; and, the role of the Danube River in the construction of identity in the Austro-Hungarian empire.  The second panel, "THE STRUGGLE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL," will consider the development of religious responses to natural disasters in medieval Valencia; the deployment of parasitic insects for biological pest control in the Hawaiian sugarcane industry; and the ways that the fluctuating river flow and marshlands of the Tigris River constrained an emerging steamship economy in late Ottoman Iraq.  The third session, "ANIMALS AND THE COMMONS," will explore its theme around four stories: the transnational circulation of Sumatran wildlife during Dutch colonial rule; the contested meaning of the camel in Greater Syrian Jezireh; resistance to dam construction and the assertion of common property claims to fish resources in nineteenth century Massachusetts; and, the struggle by ranchers to control the public range and counter cattle thieves in late nineteenth century Wyoming.

Presentations will be based on papers circulated in advance to panel commentators and conference attendees. A faculty panel, including SARAH PHILLIPS (Boston University), JARED FARMER (SUNY-Stony Brook), and PETER PERDUE (Yale University), will conclude the day's activities with a discussion of innovative approaches to environmental history.

The conference format is based on successful northeast regional conferences held at Yale in recent years.  For more information on past conferences, see the conference websites and programs below.

Questions? Contact environmentalhistory@yale.edu.

 

                                            Eventbrite - New Perspectives in Environmental History, Spring 2015 Conference

"The Northeast Environmental History Conference was one of the most exhilarating academic events I have been to . . . The conference program provides ample time for both scholars and students to interact, exchange ideas and views, and network through question and answer sessions and lunch and coffee breaks. Few events provide such a platform for both environmental history students and faculty to engage in an enriching dialogue."

                                                             2014 Conference Participant

"I thought the atmosphere was great and the number of attendees was encouraging.  I was really impressed by the balance between junior and senior members of the field in attendance and I enjoyed the dynamic it created."

                                                             2010 Conference Participant

"The best part of the conference - now that I have attended two years in a row - is getting to see old friends and meet new ones each time. Lunch is always a great time to socialize with colleagues that you never otherwise get to see throughout the year. Everyone is so friendly and casual and there is such a nice, supportive atmosphere here."

                                                             2011 Conference Participant

 

       Recent Environmental History Conferences at Yale

 

“New Perspectives in Environmental History.” 


A Northeast Regional Conference

Yale University, Saturday, April 12, 2014
New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

“Two Kingdoms: New Perspectives on Flora and Fauna in Environmental History.”


A Northeast Regional Conference

Yale University, Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

“RESOURCES: Endowment or Curse,

Better or Worse?"

Co-Sponsored by the Yale Program in Economic History & Yale Environmental History

Yale University, Friday and Saturday, February 24-25, 2012, New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Creating Healthy Landscapes: Human and Environmental Well-being in Comparative and Historical Perspective.”


A Northeast Regional Conference
Yale University, Saturday, March 26, 2011
New Haven, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

“Social Conflict and Environmental Change in Comparative and Historical Perspective.”


A Northeast Regional Conference
Yale University, Saturday, April 17, 2010
New Haven, Connecticut