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RCC Newsletter, Issue 27

January 2017


Dear Friends of the RCC,

Happy 2017! The deadlines for both our fellowship program and the 2017 Turku Book Award are fast approaching—31 January is your last chance to apply for a fellowship or submit an entry for the book award. 

  1. One highlight at the end of 2016 was the Lunchtime Colloquium talk given by advisory board member Bruno Latour. The event was advertised as part of the 10th Münchner Hochschultage, a series of events dedicated to sustainability and social justice that is organized by Munich universities and local nonprofit institutions. Latour spoke to a crowd of 500 people on “From the Anthropocene to the New Climatic Regimes.”
  2. The RCC and the Deutsches Museum closed the doors of the special exhibition “Welcome to the Anthropocene” at the end of September after a long and extremely successful run of more than a year and a half (extended from the original closing date of January 2016). In addition, the exhibition catalog won one of the Deutsches Museum publication prizes for excellence in education.
  3. Publication News: The turn of the year saw the publication of RCC Perspectives 2016/5 “Molding the Planet: Human Niche Construction at Work,” edited by Maurits W. Ertsen, Christof Mauch, and Edmund Russell. The first 2017 publications have already gone to press; watch this space for 2017/1 “Troubling Species: Care and Belonging in a Relational World,” edited by the Multispecies Editing Collective, and for the RCC special issue of Global Environment 10.1 “Manufacturing Landscapes: Nature and Technology in Environmental History,” edited by Helmuth Trischler and Donald Worster. In the meanwhile, don’t forget to keep an eye on the RCC blog Seeing the Woods for new entries in the “Making Tracks” and “Snapshot” series, book reviews, event reports, and more from across the RCC community.
  4. New on the Environment & Society Portal: You can now read selected chapters from the RCC’s series “The Environment in History: International Perspectives” with Berghahn Books in the Portal's Multimedia Library. You can also comment on Arcadia articles; check out new Arcadia environmental histories by alumni fellows Alan MacEachern, Sebastián Ureta, and Sabine Wilke. We are redesigning the Portal to make it easier to browse its trove of open access materials, even on your mobile device. If you are in Munich, join us on 23 February from 12:15–13:00 for a sneak preview and “virtual tour.”
  5. Environmental Studies Certificate Program (ESCP) Update: In December 2016, ESCP students participated in a winter workshop on designing research in environmental studies. The event helped the students brainstorm and structure their final projects. Upcoming activities include a place-based workshop on the Danube, a week-long trip from Munich to Bratislava to explore the world’s most international river from many different perspectives. Students are also preparing and designing an exhibition on Munich’s environments for the LMU Main Building Lichthof as part of the Ecopolis seminar.
  6. News from the Doctoral Program Environment and Society: From 2017, it will be possible to study for a doctoral degree in the new discipline of Environmental Humanities, which will allow greater flexibility in the conceptualization and supervision of transdisciplinary projects within the program. The program’s academic board has recently been expanded to include Professor Michael John Gorman (Life Sciences and Society), Professor Annegret Heitmann (Scandinavian Literature and Culture), and Professor Julia Herzberg (East Central European and Russian History) and thus offer a broader realm of expertise. The Doctoral Program Environment and Society congratulates recent alumni Barbara Brandl and Anna Leah Tabios-Hillebrecht on their new positions, and alumna Antonia Mehnert on the publication of her book. The next call for doctoral candidates will be released in April 2017, with a deadline for applications of 15 May.
  7. Recent Events:

    In October, the RCC hosted a workshop on “Environmental Context of Human Evolution and Dispersal,” in which international experts and advanced graduate students from different disciplines discussed the geological frame and the environmental changes that took place concurrent with human evolution. The workshop concluded with a field trip to some of the oldest archaeological sites in Germany.

    In early November, members of the Doctoral Program Environment and Society discussed their work at the “Doktorandentag” with fellow candidates, advisors, and Carson fellows and visiting scholars. With topics ranging from large-scale farming in Ethiopia to the League of Nations, it was a truly interdisciplinary day.
  8. Upcoming Events:

    26 Jan: Lisa FitzGerald on “Re-Place: Performative Landscapes as Conceptual Ecological Environments” (Lunchtime Colloquium)

    30 Jan: The Age of Consequences (Film Screening + Discussion)

    2 Feb: Lisa M. Brady on “Capitalist Pigs: International Aid Agencies and Agricultural Development in South Korea, 1945–1961” (Lunchtime Colloquium)

    2 Feb: Film Screening + Discussion: Cowspiracy (Green Visions Film Series)

    9 Feb: Monica Vasile on “Associative Environmentality: The Revival of Forest Commons in the Romanian Carpathians” (Lunchtime Colloquium) 
  9. Lunchtime Colloquium resumes for the summer semester on Thursday, 20 April with a special daylong workshop featuring presentations by Carson fellows Jennifer Carlson, Philippe Forêt, and Hayal Yimer. Green Visions will kick off its newest theme, “Land Conflicts” with the film Land Raub on 9 March.

  10. Alumni News: Matt Kelly was awarded the Book of the Year prize by the Devon History Society for his monograph, Quartz and Feldspar: Dartmoor. Giacomo Parrinello received his second award, the ANCI-Storia book prize, for his volume, Fault Lines. Ruth Morgan has received a Humboldt fellowship and will spend 2017 and 2018 at the Carson Center. Patrick Reed has his first solo exhibition, “Distant Hammers,” in Berlin. Chiara Certomà, Eagle Glassheim, Mike Hulme, Sainath Suryanarayanan, Allen Thompson, and Anya Zilberstein have all published new monographs or edited collections. 

As always, to stay up-to-date on the RCC—check out our website, Facebook page, and blog, or follow us on Twitter.

Best wishes,

The Rachel Carson Center