A network of interdisciplinary scholars studying past climate change
At the upcoming International Conference of Historical Geographers in London this July, the organizers have set aside space for a meeting on climate history and historical climatology. We’d like to use this as an opportunity to plan out future events and projects for the field. Our impressions from talking with many of you are that we don’t necessarily need our own climate history conference or journal, but we could use more opportunities to meet and share our work in the field. In particular, we’re considering starting a listserv and possibly a newsletter for climate history, and would like to hear your ideas about the best way to do that. We’d also like to take this opportunity to coordinate climate history panel proposals for future international conferences, as we did for the ICHG, in order to bring together a critical mass of scholars in the field. Finally, we could set up the Climate History Network as a non-profit in the US or UK so that we could open a bank account for small transactions, such as food and coffee at meetings, or even a small annual climate history article or book prize. In the meantime, we would be grateful to hear your ideas and suggestions. The meeting is scheduled for 13:15 on Tuesday, July 7. Participants can pick up their lunches, provided by the conference, and bring them to the room.
In addition to the meeting at the ICHG, we’d like to propose a more informal discussion of plans for climate history and historical climatology at the upcoming European Society for Environmental History in Versailles. Dagomar and Sam will be presenting on a panel about Canadian climate history in the late morning session of July 1. If anyone would like to join us for lunch afterwards, please let us know, and we’ll try to find a suitable place to meet. More details to follow.
We look forward to seeing you again soon, in Paris or in London.