Talking Weather event

We are holding a one-day event on ‘Talking Weather’, as part of our AHRC funded project ‘Weather Walks, Weather Talks’, and would like to invite early career researchers interested in the cultural spaces of climate, to participate in discussions. The purpose of ‘Talking Weather’ is to bring together individuals with an interest in weather study and cultural histories of the weather, to explore the ways in which people engage with and ascribe meanings to the weather and make sense of it. We will also be reflecting on the life and work of climatologist and geographer Gordon Manley whose archives have formed the basis of our research for the broader project.


Speakers include John Kettley (freelance broadcaster and weather consultant), Stephen Burt (author of The Weather Observer’s Handbook), Trevor Harley (University of Dundee and ‘psychometeorologist’), Cerys Jones (University of Aberystwyth) and Lorna Hughes (University of Wales), who will reflect on their experiences in engagement through the broadcast media, in print, and online, alongside others with direct connections to Gordon Manley and his work; John Adamson (Moor House National Nature Reserve), and Frank Oldfield (Emeritus Professor, University of Liverpool).


The event will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in London, on Tuesday 27th August 2013, between 10:00am and 4:30pm. It is timed just ahead of the RGS-IBG Annual Conference which begins on Wednesday 28th August.


World Learning, International Honors Program – Traveling Faculty

Climate Change: Politics of Food, Energy and Water

Job Announcement: Traveling Faculty 2013 and 2014


The International Honors Program (IHP), a program of World Learning/School for International Training, offers international, comparative study abroad programs for university students. We are currently seeking six traveling faculty members to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty, fellows, and host country coordinators for IHPs Climate Change: Politics of Food, Water, and Energy program.

We seek three traveling faculty to travel fulltime and teach during the Fall semester of 2013 and three to do the same in the Spring semester of 2014. (Faculty can work both semesters if they wish, or hire on for just one semester per year, but the work and the travel that goes with it is very demanding; thus back to back semesters is not advised.)

Each four-month program will take approximately 30 to 35 students from top-tier U.S. colleges and universities to three countries to do inter-disciplinary research from a comparative perspective.


The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance

Department of History, Columbia University
May-August 2013


The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance.


HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a select group of students from across the nation comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year’s initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics.

General Opportunities

Call for Nominations and Self-nominations – ICHM

An election of officers for the International Commission on History of Meteorology (ICHM) will be held this summer with the results to be announced before the international congress in Manchseter 2013. Terms of office will be January 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Please send nominations and self-nominations for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary/Webmaster to the chair of the nominating committee, Cornelia Lüdecke, with a deadline of November 30, 2012.

The current bylaws are posted at

With best wishes
Cornelia Lüdecke
ICHM Past President


Call for Papers (in French)

Appel à contribution

La brume et le brouillard dans la littérature et les arts.

Une esthétique de l’indistinction

dir. Karin Becker et Olivier Leplatre


Call for Book Manuscript Authors and Editors

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Books publishes historical works in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. We seek proposals for single authored and edited volumes in two categories: (1) books that reach beyond the academy to a broad readership and (2) monographs, or detailed studies on a single specialized topic, perhaps collecting the work of several authors, and resulting in a comprehensive, lasting contribution or volume of record.  Possibilities include, but are not limited to short, 50-60,000–word biographies, studies of transformative ideas or technologies, and other thematic approaches. All volumes are professionally produced in high quality print and electronic formats, and are marketed and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.  Authors earn royalties from the AMS and may be eligible for advances.


Prospective authors will find contact information and proposal guidelines at the AMS web site or may contact directly the managing editor, Sarah Jane Shangraw, or the historical editor, Jim Fleming,