“New Perspectives in Environmental History”

April 22-22, 2017

A Northeast Regional Conference

Saturday, April 22, 2017  |  9:30AM-5:00PM

Luce Hall, Yale University  |  New Haven, Connecticut

Yale Environmental History is pleased to announce its upcoming northeast environmental history conference, “New Perspectives in Environmental History.” Please join us in New Haven for a lively day of talks and discussion on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

This one-day conference aims to showcase current doctoral student research in environmental history and to encourage dialogue among graduate students and faculty. The conference will include three moderated panel sessions featuring presentations by graduate students from ten different universities.

The first session, “Transnational Commodities,” examines borders and boundaries in Pacific fisheries, the Lebanese oil complex, and the global exchange of nitrogen. The second panel, “Living Empires,” will consider the exchange of nonhuman animals in the Atlantic slave trade; domesticity and ecological adaptation in colonial Philadelphia; and the colonizing laboratory of Egyptian cotton farms. The third session, “Nature By Design,” will explore its theme around four stories: the protection of a hybrid landscape at Cape Cod National Seashore; the imagining of a Pleistocene museum at the La Brea Tar Pits; the creation of a living wall of trees on the Sino-Nomadic border; and the emergence of an adaptive and opportunistic agricultural landscape in the Ottoman empire.

We will end the conference with faculty-led discussions on various topics, including: using science in environmental history; transnational commodities; animal history; maps and data representation; academic careers and public engagement.

For more details and to register, please visit our site:


We are grateful to our co-sponsors:

Department of History, Yale University  |  MacMillan Center at Yale  |  Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

Posted: February 13, 2017