Climate History Network

ASEH Climate History sessions

(cross post from the Climate History Network)


At the American Society for Environmental History in Toronto, there will be a number of paper and panels on climate including:

  • Climate history breakfast to discuss initiatives in this growing field of environmental history.  It will meet on the morning of Thursday, April 4, 7:15am in the Jasper Room.
  • “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.
  • “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
  • “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.


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