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2021 Turku Book Award Shortlist


We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Turku Book Prize!

The Turku Book Prize is a joint prize from the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (RCC), and is intended to identify and encourage innovative and well-written scholarship in the field of European environmental history and carries a prize of € 3,000.

From over fifty submissions received this year, five titles have been shortlisted for the prize. 

The shortlisted titles:

barnett_2021Lydia Barnett (Northwestern University): After the Flood: Imagining the Global Environment in Early Modern Europe

fleischman_2021Thomas Fleischman (Universiy of Rochester): Communist Pigs: An Animal History of East Germany's Rise and Fall



Nicolai Hannig (TU Darmstadt): Kalkulierte Gefahren. Naturkatastrophen und Vorsorge seit 1800

lekan_2021Thomas Lekan (University of South Carolina): Our Gigantic Zoo: A German Quest to Save the Serengeti

piccioni_2021Luigi Piccioni (Università della Calabria): The Beloved Face of the Country: The First Movement for Nature Conservation Protection in Italy, 1880–1934

The biennial ESEH conference 2021 has been postponed until July 2022, for which an in-person event (with supplementary virtual offerings) in Bristol University (UK) is planned. For this reason, the 2021 Turku Book Award will be presented to the winning author at a virtual award ceremony on 9 July 2021 as part of the digital 2021 ESEH Ordinary General Meeting.

Members of the 2021 Turku Prize Committee are:

  • Martin Knoll (Salzburg University, Austria)
  • Christof Mauch (Rachel Carson Center, LMU, Germany) (Chair)
  • Ruth Oldenziel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Doubravka Olšáková (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic)
  • Ulrike Plath (Tallinn University, Estonia)