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.


Call for Papers: Scientific Communication and its History – III

Scientific Communication and its History – III
Climate and Weather: Science as Public Culture
Conference at the Maison Française d’Oxford
7 – 9 January 2013

Call for Papers

This is the third conference in a series devoted to historical and contemporary perspectives on the communication of science and technology.

Climate and weather provide a particularly rich and challenging case study to complete the conference series. The climate sciences are characterized by complexity: in their professional networks; their conceptual models; and the logistics of their large-scale data and computing needs. Yet few modern scientific disciplines attract the same level of public engagement, in both everyday life and passionate debate on the future of the planet. Moreover, their status at the intersection of policy, scientific controversy and the public sphere is not a recent development: the same issues and fault lines ran through meteorology from the 18th-century onwards.


New Book: The Third Reich in Antarctica

Cornelia Lüdecke and Colin Summerhayes recently published a new book, The Third Reich in Antarctica: The Story of the Third German Antarctic Expedition 1938-39 (Erskine Press, 2012). For more info, please visit the publisher’s website.


AGU Graduate Fellowship

2012-2013 American Geophysical Union
Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science
Deadline: 15 August 2012


The American Geophysical Union invites applications for a $5000 fellowship in the history of
science to a doctoral student completing a dissertation in the history of the geophysical sciences,
which include topics related to atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, geodesy, geomagnetism
and paleomagnetism, hydrology, ocean sciences, planetary sciences, seismology, space physics,
aeronomy, tectonophysics, volocanology, geochemistry, and petrology. The fellowship must be
used during the year following the start of the 2012 fall semester/quarter.


The goal of the fellowship is to assist doctoral students in the history of the geophysical sciences
with the costs of travel to obtain archival/research materials needed to complete the dissertation.


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,


Origins: May 2012 Issue

Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective presents its May 2012 issue, featuring:
Climate, Human Population and Human Survival: What the Deep Past Tells Us about the Future


The controversies generated by climate science in recent years center around the human relationship with the natural world and with natural resources. This month, historian John Brooke puts that critical question in historical perspective—deep historical perspective. For most of human history, our species had to struggle to survive powerful natural forces, like climate and disease. In the past three centuries, however, things have changed dramatically: that struggle has been reshaped by the unprecedented growth of the human population—from under one billion to now over seven. This issue of Origins forces us to ask whether our population can continue to grow given the current Malthusian pressure on resources and on the earth system itself.


Origins is a free, non-commercial publication from the Public History Initiative and eHistory in Ohio State University’s History Department. Origins is found at


Current Anthropology: April Issue

The April issue of Current Anthropology features an interdisciplinary forum addressing the communication of cultural knowledge of environmental change. Titled “Communicating Climate Knowledge: Proxies, Processes, Politics,” the forum is the product of discussion at a Climate Histories conference held at the University of Cambridge in 2011.


The forum is available free to all at