Climate History Network

A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change

Climate History at the American Society for Environmental History, Toronto, April 3-6, 2013

TorontoThe American Society for Environmental History is holding their conference in Toronto from April 3-6 this year, on the theme “Confluences, Crossings, and Power.”

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:  Registration is currently open online.  Don’t forget to sign up for our breakfast meeting!


About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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