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June 11, 2013

CFP: Environmental History and Disaster STS

Call for papers, Environmental History and Disaster STS
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From: "Brown, Philip"

We would like to use the opportunity of the 2014 ASEH
conference to encourage and foster a stronger dialogue between Environmental History and the new emerging field of Disaster STS. The theme 'Crossing Divides' offers a wonderful opportunity to connect different disciplines as well as different geographical regions. In order to succeed in this task, we are looking for co-panelists who would be interested in discussing the following topics:

1 – How did earthquake emerge as seismic risk during the 19th and 20th
centuries along the Pacific Rim?
This session could bring together scholars from each side of the Pacific and several disciplinary fields (seismology, earth sciences, structural engineering, history, anthropology, urbanism, etc.…) to give a perspective on the relatively recent developments of sciences addressing different aspect of seismic risk and their impact on the understanding of dwelling, nature and environment. Ideally this session will gather one/two US/EU and two/three Asian Scholars.

2 – Nuclear disasters in comparative perspective
How have nuclear accidents affected how we think about disasters, risk, and resilience and response in the context of environmental history? How do specific accidents—including, but not limited to Three Mile Island, to Chernobyl, to Fukushima Dai-Ichi—as well as national conversations about the risk of nuclear accidents play into regional and global dialogues about sustainability and technological governance? We are interested in assembling a set of papers that explore these and related issues. The panel is intended to shed light on the ways how nuclear accidents have been interrelated, for example through memories of previous accidents that live on in debates about new occurring accidents, through transfer (or non-transfer) of knowledge, through actors that have shaped the debates about the impact of these accidents, etc.

3 – What is a disaster?
This session could bring together scholars interested in sharing
methodological and conceptual definition of risks and/or disaster through an historical perspective. Papers could address the question of memorialization – or the loss of memories – of risks and disasters and their impact on the constitution of various human environment: agrarian, industrial, urban, rural, etc. This session could be opened to a more diverse geographic areas.

The general ASEH Call for papers is provided below. If you’re interested, please send us a title and a brief (1-2 line) description of your talk. A brief abstract (150-300 words) can follow later (by June 23rd). (Please note that because of ASEH’s stated preferences for panels of mixed rank and geographic diversity, we may need to make appropriate choices to balance each panel, depending on the responses received).

Karena Kalmbach, European University Institute, Florence
Charlotte Cabasse, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Atsushi Akera, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Please reply to: Karena.Kalmbach@EUI.eu;
charlotte.cabasse@gmail.com;
akeraa@rpi.edu

2014 ASEH Conference, "Crossing Divides"
San Francisco, March 12-16, 2014

Graduate students and faculty are invited to submit session proposals
(deadline July 1, 2013) for the annual meeting of the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) to be held March 12-16, 2014 in San Francisco at the Parc55 Wyndham Hotel (Powell St. BART station). The meeting theme is "Crossing Divides." Proposals should ideally include participants from more than one institution. They should be submitted through the ASEH website (http://www.aseh.net). Graduate students who wish to assist with the registration and other conference tasks in exchange for complementary registration should contact Lisa Mighetto
(director@aseh.net) in Fall 2013.

ASEH CALL FOR PROPOSALS-2014 CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO
The program theme, "Crossing Divides," calls attention to new scholarship in environmental history that bridges geographical and disciplinary differences. We seek panel and roundtable proposals that engage with this theme in creative ways: studies in environmental history from comparative regional and cultural perspectives; investigations in such topics as food culture, urban and rural sustainability, labor and migration, bodies and toxicity, and the past and future of political ecology. The program committee seeks to further discussions that cross disciplinary or conceptual divides in new ways. We especially invite proposals that span gender, generational, and geographic differences among presenters as well
as topics. We see the location of the conference in San Francisco as a
special opportunity to encourage panels that study the wider Pacific
world, and we welcome proposals that involve non-historians with shared interests.
Submission Guidelines
The program committee invites panel, roundtable, individual paper, and
poster proposals for the conference. We strongly prefer to receive
complete session proposals but will endeavor to construct some sessions from proposals for individual presentations. Sessions will be scheduled for 1.5 hours. Please note that it is ASEH policy to allow at least 30 minutes for discussion in every session. No single presentation should exceed 15 minutes, and each roundtable presentation should be significantly shorter than that, as roundtables are designed to maximize discussion among the speakers and with the audience. Commentators are allowed but not required.

The committee invites proposals in formats beyond the typical paper
session where presenters offer something other than verbatim recitals of written papers. To maximize participation, we encourage session proposals with more participants giving shorter presentations (e.g., four presenters at 12 minutes each). Please note that individuals can be a primary presenter in only one panel, roundtable, or other session proposal, but can also serve as chair or commentator in a second session proposal.

Proposals can be submitted electronically beginning in late May 2013. See www.aseh.net "conferences".

[The Ohio State University]
Philip C. Brown, Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese and East Asian History
Graduate Chair, Interdisciplinary M.A. in East Asian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences Department of History
146 Dulles Hall, 230 West 17th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1234
6140292-0904 Office / 614-292-2282 Fax

Posted by katemw at June 11, 2013 07:22 AM

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