Climate History Network

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Workshop: Spörer Minimum

Sporer Minimum WorkshopWorkshop – The Coldest Decade of the Millennium? The Spörer Minimum, the Climate during the 1430s, and its Economic, Social and Cultural Impact

4-5 December 2014 at the University of Bern, Switzerland

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 August 2014
The workshop focuses on the climate during the Spörer Minimum–a phase of reduced solar activity in the 15th century–and particularly the cold 1430s. The first part will consider climate models facilitating an understanding of the effects of a solar minimum on climate systems. Reconstructions based on the analysis of ice cores, lake sediments, tree rings, and documentary data amongst others will be presented in the second part. The third part of the workshop will focus on the economic, social and cultural impacts of the cold anomaly, the epidemic plague and the famine.  The organizers are inviting paper proposals on all of these topics.  They are planning for a publication of contributions in a journal special issue.

Confirmed Speakers
Bruce Campbell (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK), Rudolf Brazdil (Masaryk University, CZ), Christian Jörg (Saarland University, Saarbrücken, DE), Jürg Luterbacher (University of Giessen, DE), Christian Pfister (University of Bern, CH), Christoph Raible (University of Bern, CH), This Rutishauser (University of Bern, CH), Philip Slavin (University of Kent, UK), Richard C. Hoffmann (York University, Toronto, CA)

Guidelines for Paper Abstracts
The two day workshop consists of different sessions. In each we will hear of 3-4 presentations which will be followed by a discussion. The workshop language is English. Presenters of accepted papers are asked to speak for 15-20 minutes. Depending on the number of submitted abstracts an additional poster presentation session will be taken into consideration. A workshop fee of 100 CHF will be charged to cover coffee breaks and lunch.
Applications include:
– Title of the proposed paper
– Abstract of not more than 500 words, including key words
– Contact information (affiliation, e-mail, telephone and postal address)

The application should be sent before 15 August 2014 to You will be notified if your contribution is accepted by 15 September 2014.
If you have further questions, please contact, or

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About Sam White

Assistant Professor of History at the Ohio State University

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