ESEH - Elections results

2023 ESEH election results:

President: Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

Vice-Presidents: Marianna Dudley, Bristol University, UK & Sandra Swart, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Treasurer: Agnes Limmer, TU Munich, Germany

Secretary: Roberta Biasillo, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Financial Control Committee: Charles-Francois Mathis, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France & Sebastian Haumann, Salzburg University, Austria


Newly nominated Regional Representatives:

• Australasia: Andrea Gaynor, University of Western Australia

• Benelux: Simone Schleper, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

• France: Elsa Devienne, Northumbria University, UK

• German-speaking countries (joint RR): Katharina Scharf, University of Graz, Austria & Robert Groß, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

• Hungary: Anna Varga, University of Pécs, Hungary

• Israel: Omer Aloni, Peres Academic Center Law School/Zefat Academic College Law School

• Romania: Cosmin Koszor Codrea, New Europe College, Bucharest, Romania

• Ukraine: Anna Olenenko, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

• Britain and Ireland (joint RR): Ben Anderson, Keele University & Clare Hickman, Newcastle University


Regional Representatives nominated for second term:

• Croatia, Serbia and Slovenia: Žiga Zwitter, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

• Czechia and Slovakia: Doubravka Olšáková, Institute of Contemporary History, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czechia

• Greece: George L. Vlachos, National Hellenic Research Foundation / National Kapodistrian University of Athens

• Poland: Małgorzata Praczyk, University of Poznań, Poland

• Russia: Anastasia Fedotova, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

• South Africa: Muchaparara Musemwa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

• Spain: Santiago Gorostiza, Sciences Po, France

• Italy: Giacomo Bonan, Università degli studi di Torino


Announcement: Conference Venue for ESEH 2025

The 13th ESEH conference will take place in Sweden!

The proposal “Climate Histories” brings together three universities and several departments in central Sweden engaging in Environmental History and an organising group involving several more Swedish universities.

The proposed theme for the conference is Climate Histories, the theme name is chosen as it alludes both to climate reconstruction and climate-society history, the historiography of climate research and to storytelling in terms of representations of the experience of living with climate uncertainty. The theme is not only timely (and acutely so) but will also attract a broader audience both from within the field of history and also other disciplines. In addition, we hope to stimulate more popularised conversations linked to the conference. 

The conference will be organised by the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History (AAH, UU) and the Department of History (Hist, UU), both at Uppsala University. Other lead partners are the Department of History, Stockholm University (Hist, SU) and the History of Science, Technology and Environment, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. Supporting departments are the Department of History, Linnaeus University (Linné) and the Department of Historical Studies, Gothenburg University (GU).


Humans and Aquatic Animals in Early Modern Africa and Americas

Cristina Brito

Humans and Aquatic Animals in Early Modern America and Africa

This book deals with peoples’ practices, perceptions, emotions and feelings towards aquatic animals, their ecosystems and nature on the early modern Atlantic coasts by addressing exploitation, use, fear, empathy, otherness, and indifference in the relationships established with aquatic environments and resources by Indigenous Peoples and Europeans. It focuses on large aquatic fauna, especially manatees (but also sharks, sea turtles, seals, and others) as they were hunted, consumed, venerated, conceptualised, and recorded by different societies across the early colonial Americas and West Africa. Through a cross-cultural approach drawing on concepts and analytical methods from marine environmental history, the blue humanities and animal studies, this book addresses more-than-human systems where ecologies, geographies, cosmogonies, and cultures are an entangled web of interdependencies.




19-23 AUGUST, 2024 | OULU, FINLAND

The Call for Papers is now open and closes at 23:59 CET on 18 September 2023.

More information at


With this overarching conference theme, WCEH2024 aims to emphasize both the arc of time and the importance of bringing diverse approaches to bear on contemporary problems. The conference will illuminate the value of historical understandings that go far beyond the discipline of history. Environmental history is to be seen as an evolving practice, one that is created in conversation across multiple fields, concerns, and communities.

The theme speaks to instances of transitions (between eras and regimes of human impact, between unsustainable and sustainable practices); of transformations (of ecologies and landscapes, of practices and expectations); and of transdisciplinarity (across methods, theories, traditions, and audiences).


We invite delegates to address different aspects of time, change and transition in studies of the environment, while also considering new avenues for reflecting upon ongoing environmental changes and their future consequences. We also seek to put the spotlight on the complexity and contested nature of tranformations, and to reveal how rich historical perspectives can help elucidate how environmental, social or cultural transformations work (or how they don’t), and how they can be made to better serve the planet and all of us on it. Finally, we seek to broaden the appeal of historically attuned work on the environment (and of work on the environmental past) to other scholars, including anthropologists, archaeologists, biologists, cultural studies scholars, geographers, and philosophers, to name a few. We are interested in stimulating transdisciplinary scholarship and impact that runs not merely across and between disciplines, but beyond and outside academic contexts as well. Firmly grounded in historical understandings of humans, non-humans, and the environment, such an approach encourages thought across various spheres of society towards understanding and addressing planetary ecological challenges.



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