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Call for Applications: New MSCA Network

The RCC are seeking PhD candidates for 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.

Please note that to be eligible for these positions, candidates must have a good working command of German.

For the full call and more information on the application process, see here. The deadline for applications is 1 March 2018.

Latest Perspectives Volume: Can Nature Have Rights?

Edited by Anna Leah Tabios Hillebrecht and María Valeria Berros, "Can Nature Have Rights? Legal and Political Insights."

The Rights of Nature concept is prompting important questions: What are the challenges of granting Nature rights? Who can represent and defend nature and why? Is the concept necessary for an environmental future? Presenting legal theory, politics, and case studies, the authors of this volume open up an accessible and multidisciplinary dialogue to explore the fundamental question: Can Nature have rights?

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.

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.

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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