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Last Chance to See!

The special exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands” is drawing to an end. It will close this month on September 30, so visit now while you still have the chance!

The idea of the Anthropocene poses a new geologic era based on the consequences of human agency in nature. Through a wide range of displays and events, the exhibition provides an opportunity to engage and interact with this concept.

The exhibition is a collaborative project of the Rachel Carson Center and the Deutsches Museum


Workshop: Radical Hope

The Rachel Carson Center welcomes submissions of papers and presentations for an interdisiplinary global workshop: "Radical Hope: Inspiring Sustainability Transformations Through Our Past." 

The workshop provides a unique opportunity for international practitioners to discuss the ways we respond to environmental transformations. "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing.” (Raymond Williams).

Submission deadline: 1 November 2016. More information can be found here.

Call for Papers: Terms of Disaster

Teach311.org and the Environment & Society Portal are co-curating a new Arcadia collection, Terms of Disaster.

The categories “land,” “air,” and “water” will be the focal points for these short, situated environmental histories that explore the ways in which environmental disasters such as floods, volcanic eruptions, and forest fires are perceived and recounted.

This is a running call and proposals may be submitted by 1. December and 1. May each year. Please see the call for papers for the full submission guidelines.

Energy Transitions

The Environment & Society Portal presents the first RCC Curated Collection, Energy Transitions by Nuno Luís Madureira. The collection focuses on how human practices of energy consumption both transform—and are transformed by—social structures.

Madureira introduces the concept of “energy transitions” and challenges the view of transitions as the simple replacement of one energy resource by another.

RCC Curated Collections include a range of open access multimedia resources featured on the Portal to enrich the essays of contributing authors.

New Issue in the Environment in History Series

The Nature of German Imperialism: Conservation and the Politics of Wildlife in Colonial East Africa by Bernhard Gissibl is the latest edition to the RRC’s Environment in History: International Perspectives series, published by Berghahn.

Gissibl provides the first full account of the development of wildlife conservation in East Africa during German Colonial rule. From policy and governance to the ivory trade and indigenous exclusion, this volume provides an important historical background to some of Africa’s most renowned protected landscapes.

Carson Alumni Fellowships

Through its Carson Alumni Fellowships, the Society of Fellows offers several funding opportunities for both individual and collaborative projects.

The fellowships are intended to provide RCC Society of Fellows members with more time to work on a research project after their initial RCC fellowships. Learn more about Carson Alumni Fellowships.

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