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New Perspectives Volume: The Good Muck

A new issue of RCC Perspectives is now out!

Donald Worster's monograph "The Good Muck: Toward an Excremental History of China" looks in detail at both the history of the use of human excrement as fertilizer in China, and the Westerners who have taken an interest in this practice. Worster interrogates the ecological aspects and the human cost of excrement recycling, offering a clear-sighted history of the role of human “muck” in human civilization.

Call for Applications: RCC Fellowships

The RCC is inviting applications for its 2018–19 cohort of postdoctoral and senior fellows. The program brings together excellent scholars working in environmental history and related disciplines. Applicants’ research and writing should pertain to the central theme of the RCC—transformations in environment and society. Four types of fellowship can be awarded.

The application deadline is 31 January 2018. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Call for Applications: New MSCA Network

The RCC will soon be seeking PhD candidates as part of the new Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network on ''Building Resourceful and Resilient Communities through Adaptive and Transformative Environmental Practice (RECOMS). The RCC is hosting two of the 15 projects available through the network.

The application and recruitment process will begin in mid-January 2018. For more information, see here.

New Virtual Exhibition: Disaster History

The Environment & Society Portal proudly presents a new Acardia collection! "Disaster Histories" is the eighth Arcadia collection and consists of short environmental histories focusing on a wide range of extreme natural events, such as floods, storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and diseases, as well as their consequences in inhabited areas. 

This collection is curated by Arcadia's managing editor, Katrin Kleemann, and is open for new contributions.

Special Exhibition "energie.wenden" at Deutsches Museum

Opening 15 February, the new Deutsches Museum special exhibition “energie.wenden” looks at the challenges of present and future energy transitions. Ten sections explore the characteristics of different energy sources and technologies as well as the logistics of transport, heating, and energy distribution. A role-playing game allows visitors to engage more deeply with the topic by seeing the effects of different energy policy decisions.

Click here to learn more.

RCC Blog: Seeing the Woods

Seeing the Woods regularly publishes pieces written by RCC fellows, students, visiting scholars, staff, as well as select external contributors.

With features on events, personal experiences, and book reviews, among others, it aims to demonstrate the relevancy and importance of humanistic and historical perspectives in discussions about today’s environmental challenges, as well as striving to connect scholarship and public discourse in order to find solutions to environmental problems.

For all the latest posts and more information, visit the blog here.

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