A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change
Despite (or perhaps because of?) my recently published complaints in AHA Perspectives, this year’s American Historical Association annual meeting included a number of well-attended panels related to climate and history, including three back-to-back sessions on the 5th. Presentations and panels included:
Michael McCormick, “Climate Change and the Fall of the Roman Empire” (Session 97: Science and the Human Past)
John Brooke, “Climate, Human Well-Being, and the State in the Mid to Late Holocene, 6000BCE-1700CE,” and Pat Manning and Aubrey Hillman, “Climate as a Factor in Migration and Social Change, 200,000 to 5000 ya” (Session 140: Climate Change and Big History)
Sam White, “Climate and Early American Colonial History”; Franz Mauelshagen, “Climatology in the Colonial Framework: A Global Perspective, 1700-1900”; Lawrence Culver, “Following the Plow: Climate Misperception, Myth, and Catastrophe”; and Kevin Brown, “Imagining the Cutover Timberlands of Minnesota and Louisiana, 1900-40” (Session 172: What is Climate History?)
Eleonora Rohland, “Hurricanes in New Orleans: Perspectives on Cultural Adaptation, 1722-65”; Sherry Johnson, “From the El Nino to the ‘Long La Nina’: Early Indicators of Crisis in the Atlantic World, 1730s-40s”; and Joshua Souliere, “Long Term Drought as a Forcing Element in Political Destabilization and International Migration in West Africa in the Early Nineteenth Century” (Session 205: Climate and the Atlantic World)
Amilcar Challu, “El Nino, Agricultural Productivity, and Biological Well-Being in Mexico’s Long Nineteenth Century”; Yovanna Pineda, “Ecology, Technology, and Rural Rebellion in the Pampas Grasslands of Argentina, 1890-1929”; Mikael Wolfe, “Pacifying a Rebellious Waterscape: Climate, Technology, and Revolution in La Laguna, Mexico, 1907-27” (Session 214: Ecology, Technology, and (Counter)Rebellion in Latin America)
Thanks to all the organizers, presenters, and audience for making this conference a success for climate history!