Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Medieval weather and the natural order session

Call For Papers: Medieval Weather and the Natural Order

New Chaucer Society Congress, Portland OR July 23-26, 2012

Organizer: Robert Stanton (

Paul Dutton has written that “‘weather’ is properly historical and stubbornly subjective, since it involves humans in time thinking about it and how it affects their lives.” How were meteorological phenomena in the late Middle Ages observed, described, and interpreted? Recent work in ecocriticism has signaled the endlessly fluid and negotiable character of nature; can we reconfigure the notion of “natural phenomena” as a negotiated interaction among divine, human, and physical orders? Submissions to this panel might address the reception of storms, floods, earthquakes, or droughts across genres; a comparison of representations of weather in textual and visual sources; or the relationship between generalized and archetypal descriptions of weather events and their strategic deployment as narrative and rhetorical elements. Please send a one-paragraph abstract by June 1, 2011 to Robert Stanton, Department of English, Boston College

<from Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages>


About D Degroot

I am an assistant professor of environmental history at Georgetown University. My research explores flexibility and resilience in the face of climate change across the early modern world. I am the co-administrator of the Climate History Network, and the administrator of For more about my work, visit

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