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ASEH Conference Sessions 2017

ASEH Conference – 2017 – Sessions on War and Environment

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Thursday, March 30

8:30 to 10:00: The Cold War, the American West, and the Environment

A Comparative Analysis of the Environmental Effects of Cold War: Uranium Mining in Grants, New Mexico. Robynne Mellor, Georgetown University

Incident at Galisteo: The 1955 Teapot Series and the Mental Landscape of Contamination. Leisl Carr Childers, University of Northern Iowa

A Military-Industrial Cleanup: The End of the Cold War and the Remediation of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. Curtis Foxley, University of Oklahoma

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

10:30 to 12:00: The Struggle for Survival: War, Nationalism, and Natural Resources

Germany’s ‘Wooden Walls’: Timber as a Strategic Raw Material during the First World War. Jeffrey K. Wilson, California State University, Sacramento

Global Trading Giant or “Have-Not” Country? Natural and National Resource Anxieties in 1930s Japan. Eric Dinmore, Hampden-Sydney College

Serving His Nation: Carl Schenck, the Timber Trade, and German Remilitarization, 1918-1945. Scott Moranda, SUNY Cortland

A Member of the Food Chain: Primary Productivity from the Third Reich to the International Biological Program, 1930- 1974. Adam Lawrence, University of California, Los Angeles

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

3:30 – 5:00: Strategic Nature: World War II and the Mobilization of the American Environment (Roundtable)

Kellen Backer, Syracuse University; Jean A. Mansavage, U.S. Air Force Historical Studies Office; Kent Curtis, Ohio State University; Ryan Edgington, Independent Scholar; Chris Rein, U.S. Army, Combat Studies Institute, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Moderator: Tom Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Friday, March 31

8:30 – 10:00: Drained, Dumped, and Despoiled: War and Peace in the Great Lakes of Europe

The “Peaceful Conquest” of Kopaïda. David Idol, University of California, San Diego

Dumped Munitions in Swiss Lakes – A Historical Perspective on Military Waste Management. Elodie Charrière, Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva, and Rémi Baudouï, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Geneva School of Social Sciences, University of Geneva

The European Great Lakes: A Divided History. Simo Laakkonen, University of Turku

Chair: Sarah R. Hamilton, Auburn University

Saturday, April 1

8:30 – 10:00: Incidental Landscapes of War: Military Manipulation, Commodification, and Utilization of Nature

“To leave delightful fields for barren wilderness”: Ordering Wilderness Landscapes during the American Revolution. Daniel S. Soucier, University of Maine

Ecological Imperialism in a European Context: The Incidental Landscapes of War in Napoleonic Italy. Joseph Horan, Colorado School of Mines

Growing Patriots: Victory Gardens, Children, and Civic Identity in World War II. Anastasia Day, University of Delaware

Chair: Lisa Brady, Boise State University

10:30 – 12:00: Disease and the Transition from War to Peace in Europe, 1918-1923

Environment, Disease, and Red Army Triumph: from Civil War to NEP, 1918-1921. John P Davis, Kentucky Community and Technical College System/Hopkinsville Community College

Fighting War, Fighting Flu: The British Battle with Pandemic Influenza during and after the First World War. James Harris, Ohio State University

‘Postwar’ Relief to Wartime Poland: The ARAEFC and Poland’s Battle Against TB, 1919-1923. Paul Niebrzydowski, Ohio State University

Chair: Richard Tucker, University of Michigan

Commentator: Colin Duncan, Queens College

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ASEH conference 2017

2017 conference – Chicago

Winds of Change: Global Connections across Space, Time, and Nature
Dates: March 29 – April 2, 2017
Location: Drake Hotel, downtown Chicago (Magnificent Mile)
Host: University of Illinois-Chicago
More info here.

Panel Schedule here.

We are looking for contributors to a panel for ASEH 2017 on war (or geopoltical conflict more broadly), nationalism, and the international trade of natural resources. In particular, we are interested in conflicts between national interests, resource conservation, and liberal trade regimes. How do nationalists mobilize notions of the natural or the organic in their conceptualizations of national or international economies? How do they draw on ideas of Darwinian resource competition or national survival in discussions of mining, logging, or agriculture? Jeff Wilson plans on contributing a paper on World War One, Germany, and timber supplies. Scott Moranda aims to contribute a paper on forester Carl Schenck and Germany’s engagement with the international timber trade in the Weimar and Nazi periods.

UPDATE: The submission deadline has passed. Thank you for all of your submissions.


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World War II and the Environment Workshop 2016

“The Nature of War: American Environments and World War II”

Workshop at Ohio State University, February 25-27, 2016

“Smoke ‘Em if You’ve Got ‘Em: Environmental, Agricultural, and Industrial Implications of
Cigarette Consumption during World War II,”
Joel R. Bius, Air Command and Staff College, Alabama

“Fueling the ‘American Century’: Establishing the U.S. Petroleum Imperative during the WWII
Brian Black, Penn State University, Altoona

“On Nuclear Landscapes and Nuclear Science“
Kate Brown, University of Maryland, Baltimore

“Alloys and Allies: World War II, Mineral Scarcity and Post-war Foreign Policy”
Kent (Kip) Curtis, Ohio State University, Mansfield

“Growing Factories: Employee Victory Gardening Programs in World War II”
Anastasia Day, University of Delaware

“The Nature and Business of War: Drilling for Oil in Wartime Los Angeles”
Sarah Elkind, San Diego State University

“The Biologists’ War: Biological Warfare and the Limits of Environment Annihilation during
World War II”
Gerard J. Fitzgerald, George Mason University

“’Germicidal Gold Rush’: The Invention, Promotion and Legacy of Hexachlorophene in American
Hygiene Products”
Martha Gardner, MCPHS University, Boston MA

“For Land’s Sake: Acquiring and Using Property for National Defense during World War II”
Jean A. Mansavage, U.S. Air Force History Office, Washington D.C.

“Protecting the Shoreline: Marine Woodborers, Coastal Landscapes, and Shifting Baselines,
1920 – 1960”
Derek Lee Nelson, University of New Hampshire

“Total War and the Total Environment: World War II and American Conservationists”
Thomas Robertson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA

“Soldiers of the Soil: Labor, Nature, and American during World War II”
Kendra Smith-Howard, SUNY-Albany

“Automobiles, Trucks, and Planes: World War II, American Transportation, and the
Christopher Wells and Thomas Robertson. Christopher Wells, Macalester College MN

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Society for Military History Conference 2016

World War I and the Environment: Global Resource Allocation, Militarization, and the Nature of Raw Materials
Ottawa, April 14 – 17, 2016

*** UPDATE ***

Friday, April 15, 10:30 – 12:00


Chair: James Grossman, Executive Director, American Historical Association

Beth Bailey, University of Kansas

Lisa M. Brady, Boise State University

Jennifer Mittelstadt, Rutgers University

Commentator: Jeffrey Grey, President, Society for Military History/University of New South Wales Canberra


Harvest for War:

Fruits, Nuts, Imperialism and Gas Mask Manufacture in the United States During World War I


Gerard J. Fitzgerald (George Mason University)


Wood Goes to War:

World War I and American Lumber and Lumber Policies


James Lewis (Forest History Society)


World War I and the Transformation of the Fossil Fuels Economy


Richard Tucker (University of Michigan)

For more information visit the conference site here.

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ASEH Conference 2016

At the annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History, in Seattle on March 30 – April 3, our annual War and Environment breakfast will be on Friday morning.  Everyone is welcome to participate, to meet colleagues and join a brief discussion of our network.

The conference program includes three sessions on war and environment:

War and Environmental History (Friday, 8:30 a.m.)

Chair: Gabriella Petrick (University of New Haven)

Presenters: Michael O’Hagan (Western University): “In the Midst of the Canadian Bush”: German Prisoners of War in Manitoba’s Riding Mountain National Park

Sean Halverson (San Joaquin Delta College):  Conquering an Unforgiving Countryside: How America’s Environment Shaped Confining Prisoners of War in the American Revolution

Gerard J. Fitzgerald (George Mason University): Harvest for War: Fruits, Nuts, Imperialism, and Gas Mask Production in the United States During World War I


Saturday, April 2  10:30 am – 12:00 noon —  Two sessions:

State, Rebels, and Nature: War and the Environment from a Chinese Perspective

Chair: Tait Keller (Rhodes College)

Presenters: Brian Lander (Harvard University): Warfare, Resource Mobilization and State Formation in Qin, 481-208 BCE

Jack Hayes (Kwantlen Polytechnic University and University of British Columbia): Walls, Bootprints, Ashes, and Floods in the Landscape: Environmental Effects of Banditry, Small Scale Conflict(s), and Insurgencies in China’s Military Environmental History, 1720s-1931

Yan Gao (University of Memphis): Corridors of War: Waterway Transportation during the Taiping Era


Environmental Impacts of World War II in the Pacific Northwest

Moderator: Richard Tucker (University of Michigan)

Presenters: Katherine Macica (Loyola University Chicago)

Paul Hirt (Arizona State University)

William L. Lang (Portland State University)

Joseph E. Taylor (Simon Fraser University)

Tina Adcock (Simon Fraser University)

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the ASEH site here.

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Conference on Landscapes of the Great War

Dates: 10-12 September 2015

Location: Trento and Padova, Italy

Sponsor: International Society for First World War Studies

See: H-net, 4 September 2014

Program: Not yet announced, as of January 2015

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Workshop on Nature Protection, Environmental Policy and Social Movements in Communist and Capitalist Countries during the Cold War

Dates: 29-30 May, 2015

Location: German Historical Institute, Washington, D. C.

Convenors: Astrid Mignon Kirchhof (Georgetown U. and German Historical Institute) and John McNeill (Georgetown U.)


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Conference on Warfare, Environment, Social Inequality and Peace Studies (WESIPS)

Dates: 29-30 May, 2015

Location: Center for Cross-Cultural Study, Seville, Spain

Information: Prof. Richard J. Chacon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Winthrop  University, Rock Hill, SC 29733.

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Workshop on War and Geography

Date: 1 May, 2015

CUNY Graduate Center, New York City

The program includes: Roy MacLeod, “Geography, Geology and Strategy: Scientific Goals and Military Operations, 1914-1918”; Martin G. Clemis, “The Geography of the Second Indochina War: Irregular War, the Environment, and the Struggle for South Vietnam”; Swen Steinberg, “Mountains and Woods in Two Wars: Forestry and Mining Science in Germany and the US between National Military Utilization and the Development of a Global Knowledge on Resources (1914-1918/ 1939- 1945)”; and Richard Tucker, “Mass Conflict, Refugee Movements, and Environmental Dislocation.”

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ESEH Conference 2015

The biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History will be in Versailles on 30 June – 3 July. It will include panels on the environmental history of the Napoleonic Wars and World War I, as well as other sessions on war and environment that will be announced shortly. The call for papers and sessions is already closed, but posters can be submitted until February 20th. Early registration ends on March 31st. Watch for further news of the program and field trips here

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ASEH Conference 2015

The annual conference of the American Society for Environmental History will be in Washington, D.C. on 18-21 March. Early registration will end on February 28th, so be sure to sign up soon.

We will hold our annual War and Environment breakfast on Thursday morning the 19th at 7:15, to discuss our network’s activities and pursue networking. Following the breakfast, at 8:30 that morning, there is a panel on “Empire, Revolution and Local Governance: Military-Environmental Convergence.” On Sunday there will be a field trip to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry led by Lisa Brady, Tim Silver and Gerry Fitzgerald. To register for the breakfast and/or the field trip, Find more information at the conference website here.

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World War 1 Anniversary Relevant Conferences and Papers

The Global Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Roundtable for American Society for Environmental History Conference, March 12-16, 2014

Joseph Hupy, “The Battle of Verdun: The Legacy a Century Later”

Tait Keller, “Nature and War on the Frontiers of Empires, 1914-1918”

Thaddeus Sunseri, “Environmental Dimensions of World War I in Africa”

Jack Hayes, “Ecosystems and World War I in East Asia”

Environmental Dimensions of World War I

Panel at Society for Military History, April 5, 2014

Tait Keller, “The Global Reach of the Great War: An Environmental Approach”

Byron Pearson, “An Organization of Splendid Efficiency: The Incredible Accomplishments of the

Engineers during World War I”

Gerard J. Fitzgerald, “The Chemists’ War: Medical and Environmental Consequences of Chemical

Warfare during World War I”

World War I and the Environment: Extracting Global Natural Resources

Panel for World Conference on Environmental History, July 7-11, 2014

Tait Keller, “A Baneful Harvest: Agriculture and the Arming of Nations in the First World

Richard Tucker “Caffeine, the Indispensable Stimulant: Tea and Coffee Production for

Dan Tamïr, “Enter Petroleum: The War and the Debut of Oil on the Global Stage”

Discussant: Roger Chickering

Environmental History and World War I

Rachel Carson Center Workshop, Washington, D.C., August 4-5, 2014

   First panel: Extracting Global Natural Resources

      Roy MacLeod: “The ‘Minerals Sanction’: The Great War and the Conservation and Use of

      Dan Tamir: “Something New under the Fog of War: World War I and the Debut of Oil on the

      Jack Hayes: “World War I Environments, Military Actions, and Resource Management in East

      Tait Keller: “Extracting the Energy of Empires”

   Second panel: Agro-ecosystems, Food Supplies and Animals

      Alice Weinreb: “Beans are Bullets, Potatoes are Powder: Food as a Weapon of War during the

      Ernst Langthaler: “Dissolution before Dissolution: Agro-Food Chains in Austro-Hungary in the

      Ingo Heidbrink: “World War I: The Unexpected Stimulus for the Beginning of Global Over-

      Gene Tempest: “Horses Have No Country: American Equines and the Global Military

      Marketplace, 1899-1917”

   Third panel: The Middle East – Ecosystems, Resources, Refugees, and Famine

      Maria Six-Hohenbalken: “Upper Mesopotamia during World War I: Humanitarian Catastrophes

      and Commercial Intentions – Sources from Austrian Archives”

      Steven Serels: “Starving for Someone Else’s Fight: The First World War and Famine in the Red

      Zachary Foster: “Why are Famines so Deadly in the Modern Period? Syria during World War I”

      Graham Pitts: “The Famine of World War I and the Creation of Lebanon”

   Fourth panel: Additional Dimensions

      James Lewis: “Foresters at War: World War I and the Transformation of American Timber

      Anna-Katharina Wőbse: “Disruption and Recommencement: International Conservation

      Networks and World War I”

      Gerard Fitzgerald: “The Chemist’s War: Edgewood Arsenal, World War I, and the Birth of a

      Militarized Landscape”

      Frank Uekoetter: “Memories in Mud: Reflections on the Environmental Legacy of the Great

  Roger Chickering: Concluding Observations

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Resisting war in the 20th century

Lisbon, 27, 28 February and 1 March 2014

Keynote speakers: Paul Preston, Benjamin Stora, Joanna Bourke, Catherine Lutz, Chen Alon, José Manuel Pureza, Fernando Rosas, João Freire, Aniceto Afonso

The twentieth century witnessed the substantial intensification of the phenomenon of total war. The distance between the front and the home vanished as the difference between combatants and civilians became tenuous; the society as a whole became engaged in war, with each individual considered responsible to contribute to the war effort. This was true not only of the two world wars but also of such conflicts as civil wars, colonial wars, or wars of independence. In response to the nature of total war, the universe of resistance to war also became broad and diverse, employing a variety of means not limited to armed resistance. We are interested in the concrete acts of resistance as well as in the broader sweep of the impact and meanings of resistance: of its mobilization, its confrontation with participants in the conflict, and the ways in which it has been remembered.

This congress intends to promote debate about the multiple kinds of resistance to war as well as explore the different academic approaches taken to studying it, especially but not exclusively in history, anthropology, sociology and political science as well as literary, cultural, artistic, subaltern and gender studies.

We call for empirical, theoretical or methodological papers that discuss the issue of resistance to war in the twentieth century in its multiple performances and visions, in different observation scales. We hope to see studies highlighting different actors, institutions, practices and speeches and also hegemonic or counter-hegemonic collective representations.

We invite colleagues from all disciplines and professions to send presentation proposals that address, however we will consider other topics, these general questions or the following themes:

Great World Wars
Civil Wars
Independence Wars
Empires in question/Empire’(s) war (s)
Total war: technology and control
Nationalism, colonialism and independence movements
War against war: subversion and guerrilla
Deserters, dislocates and refugees
Peacebuilding and conflict resolution
International organizations and movements
Social movements and collective action
Ideology and engagement (intellectual)
Gender experiences
War representations and War culture (Visual and cinematic representations, material culture, literature, propaganda, etc.)
War memory


Contact information:

Instituto de História Contemporânea – Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Av. de Berna, 26 C 1069-061 Lisboa, Portugal



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