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Pavla Šimková

Dr. Pavla Šimková

Research Fellow


Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 2. OG, 245
D-80802 Munich

Room: 224
Phone: +49 (0)89 / 2180 72340

Pavla Šimková is a historian with an interest in East Central European and American environmental history. She is post-doctoral researcher in the project "Corridor Talk: Conservation Humanities and the Future of Europe's National Parks" (DFG-AHRC, 2020-2023). Within the project, she focuses on transnational environmental history of the Bavarian Forest and Šumava. Pavla studied American cultural history, English literature, and political science at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and at LMU Munich where she received her doctorate in 2019. She worked as a research associate at the Rachel Carson Center from 2012 until 2018. She was a co-author of the Biographisches Lexikon zur Geschichte der böhmischen Länder at the Collegium Carolinum in Munich from 2011 until 2020. She is currently one of the editors of the journal WerkstattGeschichte. Her first book, Urban Archipelago: An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands, was published in 2021.

Selected Publications:

  • Urban Archipelago: An Environmental History of the Boston Harbor Islands. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2021.
  • (with Astrid M. Eckert) “Transcending the Cold War: The European Green Belt Conservation Project along the Former Iron Curtain.” In Greening Europe: Environmental Protection in the Long Twentieth Century – A Handbook, edited by Patrick Kupper and Anna-Katharina Wöbse. Berlin: De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2022, p. 129-153.
  • “‘Minutes Away, Worlds Apart’: The Changing Imagination of the Boston Harbor Islands.” In Special Section “Representing Islands – Producing Islandness: Rethinking Identities, Mobilities, and Relations in Island Research,” eds. Sarah Nimführ and Greca N. Meloni, Island Studies Journal 16,2 (2021): 80-96.
  • „Die Teilung des Eisernen Vorhangs. Grenzüberschreitender Naturschutz im Bayerischen Wald und Šumava.“ In Urwald der Bayern. Geschichte, Politik und Natur im Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald, edited by Marco Heurich and Christof Mauch. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2020, p. 84-96.