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1. Séminaire “Perception du climat”, EHESS, 105 boulevard Raspail, Paris:
Jeudi 18 avril, 15h-17h, salle 1
Evénement météorologique et réseaux techniques :
le cas de la tempête du 14 novembre 1854
Fabien Locher, historien, EHESS
2. Two lectures of Christian Pfister, invited by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Collège de France, (salle 5), Paris:
Jeudi 16 mai, à 14h30
Record breaking hot and dry years – a comparison of 2003 and 1540 in Western and Central Europe
Mercredi 22 mai, à 14h30
Le Petit Age Glaciaire dans les Alpes et son impact sur les sociétés, 1300-1860
The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance
Department of History, Columbia University
May 28 – August 16, 2013
New York, NY
The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduates, graduate students, and mid-career professionals for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance.
HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a select group of participants comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year’s initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics.
The 2013 seminar will be taught by Matthew Connelly, Professor of History at Columbia University, and Jim Fleming, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College. They will be assisted in the classroom by Deborah Coen, Paul Edwards, Mike Hulme, Anthony Janetos, Bill McKibben, Geoffrey Parker, Gavin Schmidt, John Topping, and other leaders in the field.
Participants pursue original research both independently and in teams. Students will receive eight credit points for the seminar, the equivalent of two semester-long courses at Columbia.
For more information about the program or financial aid opportunities, visit: globalstrategy.columbia.edu.
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Apply at globalstrategy.columbia.edu
Deadline: April 12, 2013 (Note: applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis)
Note: originally posted on The Otter, blog of the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE).
On February 10th I embarked on the first leg of a long voyage from Toronto to Goa, a former Portuguese enclave nestled among the beaches of western India. After enduring the concrete monolith that is Frankfurt’s international airport, I finally boarded my second flight and flew south through Turkey, past Syria, across Iran and down towards Mumbai. I left the plane at an hour past midnight. Mosquitos swarming through the airport quickly prompted me to take the malaria medication that would later give me incredibly vivid dreams. Hours later the shock of a violent landing in Goa was nothing compared to the culture shock that followed. As I left the airport and stepped onto the rust-coloured soil I saw signs promoting European luxury vehicles or American cologne towering over slums and endless trash amid lush tropical beauty. After three sunrises and two sunsets without sleep I finally arrived at my hotel, ignoring for the moment the hand-sized spider dangling near my door. Read more
(Cross-posted from Meteohistory.org)
A new audio walk to help walkers at a Cumbrian beauty spot to unlock its rich history and learn about the dramatic climate and weather conditions that shape its landscape developed by University of Nottingham researchers.
The audio walk, which has been written by a team Georgina Endfield, Lucy Veale, Gary Priestnall, Sam Meek and Simon Naylor (Univeristy of Exeter) and will be narrated by legendary weather broadcaster and former Met Office stalwart John Kettley, who will guide visitors on a 10-mile walk up Great Dun Fell, the second highest hill in the English Pennines.
An experimental smartphone app to accompany the walk is also being developed by the team. The creation of the walk and app has been funded as part of an ongoing project funded by Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Weather Walks and Weather Talks: Exploring Popular Climate Histories and Futures. The walk is part of the Royal Geographical Society’s (with the Institute of British Geographers) Discovering Britain project aimed at encouraging the public to explore the stories behind Britain’s landscapes.
The team is currently recruiting volunteers for testing the walk and associated app in the Spring and would be delighted to hear from people interested in participating.
For further information, please contact:
Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 email@example.com
Emma Thorne, University of Nottingham: 0115 951 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. More information is available on the web at:http://www.discoveringbritain.org/walks/region/north-west-england/great-dun-fell.html (opens in a new window)
The program and meeting details are now available for the upcoming International Congress of History of Science Technology and Medicine, to be held in Manchester 22-28 July 2013. The International Commission on the History of Meteorology will host several panels there, including “Climates of Conquest?”, “Narratives on Climate and Water”, and “Working Atmospheres: Histories of Climate, Technology and Economics” (draft program here).
(From Alexander Hall:)
From the 7th – 9th January, 2013 a diverse group of scholars met in Oxford for a conference on aspects of the communication of weather and climate from the 18th to the 21st centuries. Organised and hosted by the Maison Française D’Oxford in partnership with the Museum of the History of Science Oxford, the conference began with a reception at the Museum of the History of Science where attendees were treated to a private viewing of the exhibition, “Atmospheres: Investigating the Weather from Aristotle to Ozone.”
The conference, the third and final in a series on scientific communication and its history, consisted of panels split along three themes; commodification of meteorological knowledge, media, and historicizing climate history. Each panel consisted of several short papers on the theme, delivered by a broad range of senior and early career academics from a variety of disciplines, followed by extensive question and discussion sessions. On the evening of the 8th, a keynote lecture was given by Pascal Lecomte of the European Space Agency who spoke about how the agency collects, calibrates, and disseminates data to the general public.
The conference’s small, cordial, and interdisciplinary make-up meant that discussions went on long past the allocated slots and lively debate was had by all. The opportunity for historians, science communicators, and practicing scientists to discuss and debate at length their research and ideas on the communication of weather and climate was greatly appreciated. An edited volume representing papers from the three conferences on scientific communication is currently in development, and beyond this I am sure that many lasting connections, collaborations and projects will in time emerge as a result of this conference.
For more information on the conference, including a programme of the papers given please see http://www.mfo.ac.uk/en/events/climate-and-weather-science-public-culture
DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium
October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)
Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA
The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change. During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science.
2012 Symposium Report: http://disccrs.org/files/DISCCRS_VII_Symposium_Report.pdf
2012 Symposium Scholars: http://disccrs.org/files/DISCCRS_VII_Symposium_Scholars.pdf
2013 Symposium Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 – February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.
Symposium Application Instructions: http://disccrs.org/application_instructions
DISCCRS Website: http://disccrs.org
U.S. National Science Foundation Collaborative Grants: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon and
SES-0932916 to Whitman College
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Grant NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College
The next European Society for Environmental History Conference will take place August 20-24, 2013 at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and is hosted by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society. The conference theme will be “Circulating Natures: Water-Food-Energy.”
This year, we have quite a few panels on climate and history, which should include:
-“The Climates of History and the Future of Humanity” with papers by Geoffrey Parker and Christian Pfister, chaired by John McNeill;
-Panels on documentary evidence for weather and climate reconstruction, with papers by Rudolf Brádzil, Stefan Vogt, Indrek Tarand, Christian Rohr, and others;
-”European Wars and the Environment during the Little Ice Age,” with papers by Dagomar Degroot, L. Rácz and E. Johann, chaired by Richard Hoffmann;
-“Extreme Drought Events: What they can tell us about the past and future” with papers by Christian Pfister and Glen MacDonald;
-“Hail storms, tropical cyclone, typhoons, ice cover, and their impacts,” with papers by Frank Oberholzner, David Nash, Michael Grossman, and Astrid Ogilvie chaired by Takehiko Mikami;
-“Water and Ice in the Low Countries: Causes, Consequences and Perception of Ice Blocking and River Flooding, 14th-20th centuries,” with papers by Adriaan de Kraker and others, chaired by Christian Rohr;
-“Volcanoes, Weather and Vulnerability: Impact of 18th-century Volcanic Eruptions on weather extremes, floods, and food shortages: European case studies,” with Andrea Kiss;
-“Past Human Impact of Climate Variability,” with Carey Mock, Kathleen Pribyl, and others;
-“Climate Crises, Famine and Migration,” with papers by Steven Engler, Takehiko Mikami, and Rudiger Glaser, chaired by Christian Pfister; and
-“The Climates of Colonial History,” with papers by Georgina Endfield, Franz Mauelshagen, and Sam White, chaired by Rudiger Glaser.
We also plan to make this conference the first official meeting of the new International Society for Historical Climatology and Climate History. We’ll post more information soon. (In the meantime, my apologies for any mistakes or missing names!)
Registration opens on February 15, and there should be a full conference program available soon. For more information, please see: http://www.eseh2013.org/
Panels of interest to historical climatologists include:
-“East Meets West: Middle Eastern Environments and Western Eyes” (Panel 4-E), chaired by Sam White of Oberlin College. Paper presentations will be “East, West, and American Conversationism” by David Schorr of Tel Aviv University; “The Science of Sand: The East in Nineteenth Century European Climatology” by Philipp Lehmann of Harvard University; and “Getting the Goat: Disturbing Creatures and Attempts to Change the East” by Tamar Novick of Univeristy of Pennsylvania.
-“Desert Debates: Geology, Climate Change, and Environmental Engineering in the Nineteenth Century” (Panel 6-G), chaired by Kristine C. Halper of Florida State University. Paper presentations will be “Mapping the Desert Sublime “by Erik Altenbernd of UC Irvine, “Debating Climate Change in Nineteenth Century America” by Lawrence Culver of Utah State University and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, and “The Threat of the Desert: European Debates on Climate Change in the late Nineteenth Century” by Philipp Lehmann of Harvard University.
-“Early Modern Waterways, Economies and States Under Climatic Stress of the Maunder Minimum ca. 1670-1730” (Panel 9-J), chaired by Richard Hoffmann of York University. Paper presentations will be “Colonial Cataclysms: Hydrological Responses to Climate Change and Land Use in two Major Basins in Central Mexico, 1680-1780” by Bradley Skopyk of Universidad Autónoma de México, “Sandbars, Ice Floes and Rebels on Horseback: How the Changing Danube Shape Early Modern Warfare” by Verena Winiwarter of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt-Graz-Wien, and “Water, Weather and Transportation in the Dutch Republic 1650-1750” by Dagomar Degroot of York University.
There will also be climate-related papers in other panels, including:
-”Science and Sustainability” (1-G), including Ronald Doel of Florida State University, “Climate Change as National Security Risk: How Cold War Concerns Influenced the Environmental Sciences”;
-“New Perspectives on American Agricultures” (Panel 6-H), chaired by Boyd Cothran of York University, with the paper “Landscapes of Time: Track Seasonal and Climatic Change in Agriculture, 1790-1860” by Emily Pawley of Dickinson University; and
-“Genealogies of Risk: Perspectives on the Construction of Environmental Risk in North America, Europe and Asia” (Panel 7-F) chaired by Sam Temple of the University of Oklahoma, with “Changes in the Air: Climatic Engineering and Environmental Risk in Nineteenth Century France and French Empire” by Sam Temple of the University of Oklahoma.
Sverker Sorlin and Liza Piper will also speak on Canada and the Arctic at the pre-conference workshop, Wednesday 1:45-2:45.
We will hold another climate history breakfast on the morning of Thursday, April 4. This will also serve as the next meeting for the Climate History Network, to discuss new ideas and projects.
For more information, see the conference website at: http://aseh.net/conference-workshops/toronto-conference-2013 Registration is currently open online. Don’t forget to sign up for our breakfast meeting!