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Current Issues in American Cultural History and Environmental Studies


05.11.2018 – 07.11.2018

Convener: Christof Mauch

Location: Studienhaus Schönwag

Graduate Students will present and discuss their work with LMU faculty members and RCC fellows.


Monday, 5 November
14:00 Arrival
14:30 – 15:00 Welcome and Introductions
15:00 – 16:15 Commons and Communities

  • Claudio de Majo Understanding the Commons: Origins, Debates and Disciplinary Paths
  • Talitta Reitz Community Transformation and Ecological Restoration in Portland, Oregon and Munich, Bavaria

16:30 – 18:00 Excursion (guided tour at the trout farm “Forellenhof Schönwag”)
18:00 – 19:00 Perceptions of Pollution and Landscapes

  • Irma Allen Resigned Adaptation: Normalizing Exposure to Burdensome Environments
  • Nina Jessen Sensing the Soil

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 6 November
08:15 Breakfast
09:15 – 10:30 Ecologies and Economics

  • Troy Vettese Firm and Super-Firm: Neo-Liberalism, John Dales, and the Origins of Pollution-Permit Trading
  • Andreas Jünger Organic Farming in Andalusia: Capitalist Agro-Industrial Continuity or Social-Ecological Alternative?

10:45 – 12:00 Canadian Environments

  • Sasha Gora Trains and Tundra: Tales of Culinary Appropriation
  • Daniel Dumas Tar Sands and Traditional Lands: Contemporary Responses to Tar Sands Extraction in Northern Alberta, Canada

12:15 - 12:45 Writing in Place: A Research Method

  • Alison Pouliot Offline at the End of the World. Writing in Place using Environmental Archives

13:00 Lunch
14:30 - 16:30 Excursion (Mushrooms in the Woods, guided by Alison Pouliot)
16:45 – 18:45 Science and Technology

  • Jonatan Palmblad The Mechanization of Mankind: Lewis Mumford on Technology, Environment, and Human Agency
  • Martin Meiske Maintaining Mobility – Fixing Deforestation. The Rise of Creosote and its Hazardous Legacy
  • Nils Hanwahr Environmental Research Infrastructures in the Command and Control Anthropocene – a book proposal draft

19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 7 November
08:00 Breakfast
9:00 – 10:15 Ecological Pressures

  • Jesse Peterson How do Nutrients Become Pollution? Nitrogen Cascade and Eutrophic Representation in Science and Culture
  • Arvid van Dam A village in the unmaking

10:30 - 11:45 Water and the City

  • Fabian Zimmer The Day of the Waterfall
  • Pavla Šimková Spectacle: A History of Boston’s Urban Islands

12:20 Return to Munich


Dr. Ruth Morgan
Dr. Alison Pouliot
Dr. Monica Vasile
Dr. Aleksandar Shopov
Prof. Catherine Dunlop
Prof. Jared Farmer
Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch