Global Deserts: Environmental History in the Arid Lands
Location: University of Arizona
Sponsors: The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, Germany; Temple University, Philadelphia, USA; the University of Arizona, Tuscon; and the University of California, Davis.
The goal of this conference is to examine and discuss, in a comparative and transnational context, a wide variety of topics including (but not necessarily limited to) the changing understandings of deserts by both their indigenous inhabitants and colonizers; the influences of deserts upon human societies; and the impact of human habitation and resource use upon deserts from the pre-modern period to the present, including processes such as mining, water, military development, tourism, and scientific research.
The conference will be global in scope; we encourage scholars with expertise in deserts in any region of the world to submit proposals.
Papers (4,000–5,000 words, not including footnotes) will be pre-circulated for discussion. Selected papers will be eligible for inclusion in a collection of essays that we aim to publish with a university press.
Call for papers (PDF, 224 KB)
View the program here.
View the conference report here.
Submitted papers (for participants only; password protected)