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.


American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: American Geophysical Union Chapman Conference
Communicating Climate Science: A Historic Look to the Future
June 8-13, 2013, Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO, USA


The AGU Chapman Conference (AGUCC) will focus on communication about climate science to all sectors of society.  The Climate Change Community must move forward on multiple pathways to convey climate change research, mitigation and adaptation plans and policies and technologies to policy makers, planners, and society at all levels.  As climate science has developed over time, there has been a significant shift in relations between the science and political aspects thereof; where previously the development of the science was exclusively prioritized, now the focus lies in communicating the science to society. It is imperative that we determine an appropriate balance between these two elements, ensuring that neither is too shallow or deep.


Joining ICHM

To join ICHM please email the secretary Giny Cheong on giny.cheong at and the treasurer Anna Carlsson-Hyslop at anna.carlsson-hyslop at, stating your name, email address and affiliation.


Symposium S103: Gaining it/losing it/regaining it(?) – Knowledge production in climate science, status anxiety, and authority across disciplines

Climate change discourse is not, and perhaps never was, “owned” by the climatological science community. Given the recent and heated “climate wars,” it is fruitful to examine the status anxiety in this field from historical and science studies perspectives.

The symposium addresses “knowledge at work” through case studies of knowledge-making, loss and regaining of knowledge-use, and dissent and authority in climate science and, by comparison, in other discourse communities.


DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)


Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA


The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.


2nd Call for Participation: Workshop on Critical Climate Change Scholarship

University of Minnesota, April 5-7 2013

Critical climate change scholarship has demonstrated how the prospect of non-linear, catastrophic change in the conditions of human life demands new modes of critical engagement, and new forms of alignment between social and cultural theory, the earth and life sciences, and political practice (Cohen and Colebrook 2012; Szerszynski and Urry 2010)[1]. This work includes analyses of the political economy of the carbon trade (Bumpus and Liverman 2008; Thorne and Randalls 2007)[2]; the political implications of uncertainty and catastrophe in imagining climate futures (Clark 2010; Gabrys and Yusoff 2011; Hulme and Dessai 2008; Swyngedouw 2010; Zizek 2010); and the intersection of economic and ecological crisis in contemporary forms of power (Cooper 2010; Dibley and Neilson 2010; Massumi 2009). This workshop aims to contribute to these efforts and provoke new inquiries by posing the question: what is critical about critical climate change scholarship? Employing the dual implications of this phrase, we ask both how climate change demands a rethinking of the nature of critique, and how critical scholarship is more necessary than ever for efforts toward just and sustainable ecological futures.

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


New Book: Lake Effect

Syracuse University Press just published Lake Effect: Tales of Warm Lakes, Arctic Winds, and Recurrent Snows, by Mark Monmonier. For more information, please visit

Monmonier is author of Air Apparent, a history of the development and use of weather maps. His new book includes a historical examination of the recognition and understanding of a regionally important meteorological phenomenon.


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 Papers-in-Progress: 3rd Annual Place & Placelessness Online Workshop

The New Scholars group of NiCHE (Network in Canadian History and Environment) would like to invite submissions for the 3rd annual Place and Placelessness Online Workshop, taking place October 18-19, 2012.

Visit the workshop website for full details at

This online symposium is intended for graduate students and recently graduated scholars from all disciplines that seek to better understand the complex relationships between nature and culture, with particular attention paid to the theme of climate. The workshop attempts to replicate the collegiate atmosphere of a shared-space meeting by using a variety of internet tools, including WordPress, Skype, Google Maps, Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to share ideas and participate in engaged discussion. This model should appeal especially to those who are eager for academic gatherings without the cost or carbon footprint of in-person meetings. The workshop encourages participation from students across the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences in an attempt to facilitate trans-disciplinary and transnational dialogue for global issues such as anthropogenic climate change.