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Call for Papers


A Northeast Regional Conference 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Haven, Connecticut


* Paper Abstract Submission Deadline: December 15, 2014 *

OVERVIEW: Yale University’s working group on global environmental history invites paper proposals from graduate students at northeastern universities for a one-day conference on environmental history.  Paper proposals from any region or time period are welcome. The conference seeks to showcase new projects in environmental history and to encourage vigorous dialogue among graduate students and faculty.

We invite papers that address environmental history in its broadest sense, whether dealing with political economy, society and culture, intellectual debates, science and technology, microorganisms and disease, or policy and planning.  Conference organizers are particularly eager to include comparative and non-U.S. perspectives on environmental history.

The conference will consist of three moderated panel sessions featuring graduate student papers. A faculty panel will conclude the day. Presentations will be based on papers circulated in advance to panel commentators and conference attendees.

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.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION: Abstract submissions should be in the form of a SINGLE document in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format, and must include the following:

(1) your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information;

(2) a 300-word abstract;

(3) a one-page C.V.

Submissions must be emailed to by December 15, 2014. Please include your name and paper title in the title of your submission.

Please do not submit panel proposals-- individual papers will be grouped into panels by the conference organizers.

Accepted presenters will be notified by December 20, 2014, and asked to submit their paper for circulation to attendees and commentators by March 27, 2015.

** Graduate students enrolled in doctoral programs in New England, New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.  Graduate students from outside this region are welcome to submit proposals; preference may be given to northeastern institutions.**

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"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