A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change
Organizers: Martin Bauch (Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom); Gerrit J. Schenk (Technische Universität Darmstadt)
Location: German Historical Institute in Rome, 24-26 February 2016
Deadline: 30 June 2015
Conference Summary: The first half of the 14th century, the transition from the so-called Medieval Climate Anomaly to the so-called Little Ice Age, is one of the few climatic events indicated about equally well in written and physical source. The ‘crisis of the 14th century’ has also become an established interpretation for certain developments and problems of late medieval Europe. However, such an interpretation has been criticized by some as a contemporary projection of the crisis-ridden 20th and 21st centuries onto the past.
The conference will focus on the imputed climatic deterioration of the 1300s and its presumed impact on medieval economy, society, environment, and culture. The organizers are calling for proposals for 30-minute presentations. The conference language will be English. Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, along with a short CV, by 30 June 2015 to both Gerrit J. Schenk (Darmstadt University of Technology) at firstname.lastname@example.org and Martin Bauch (German Historical Institute Rome) at email@example.com Accommodation during the conference and travel expenses will be covered.
For more information, see the full conference description and call for papers here.