CfP: Adaptation and Resilience to Droughts - Historical Perspectives in Europe and Beyond

The Institute of Imagery, City and Environment (LIVE) of the University of Strasbourg has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in the international symposium on:

"Adaptation and Resilience to Droughts: Historical perspectives in Europe and beyond"

taking place from the 1st to 2nd June, 2017 at the University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France.

This symposium aims at reinforcing knowledge on historical droughts in Europe, in view of anticipating extreme droughts and improving adaption to future droughts. It is supported by an international scientific committee and intends to advance research in this, as yet little developed field.

We welcome expressions of interest for papers that focus on the following themes:

1 – Narratives sources for reconstructing droughts
2 – The variability and spatial extent of droughts
3 – Adaptation modes of societies
4 – The memory of droughts
Abstracts outside these themes are also welcome.

We invite you to submit an abstract for oral or poster presentation before the 31st December 2016. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome. They should include: Title of the proposed paper, 5 key words and contact information (affiliation, e-mail).

Deadline for abstracts: 31st December 2016
Acceptance of abstracts: 31st January 2017
Please submit abstracts to Alexis Metzger:

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CfP: Soviet and Post-Soviet Imaginings of Climate

Dates: 29th-30th March, 2017

Location: King’s College London, UK

Deadline for Abstracts: 15th January 2017

This workshop will explore the relationship between the science, politics and policy of climate change in the post-Soviet world, by considering the historical development of the concept of climate change as a scientific thesis, environmental problem and policy issue. We invite papers that will complement work on the history of the discursive political construction of climate change in the West by examining a highly contrasting (but intimately related) cultural context. In so doing the workshop will provide an in-depth look at how post-Soviet understandings of climate change (scientific, environmental and political) have developed and how they affect post-Soviet policy

If you wish to present a paper, please submit an abstract of up to 250 words via email to Dr Teresa Ashe ( with the subject heading “Soviet and Post-Soviet Imaginings of Climate’” by 15th January 2017. You will be notified of the decision on your abstract via email by 1st February 2017.

All queries should be emailed to Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya ( or Dr Teresa Ashe ( 

Exhibit - Weather Extremes: Making and Breaking Records in Nottinghamshire

"This exhibition uses the materials held by the University of Nottingham's Manuscripts and Special Collections to explore the history of extreme weather events in Nottinghamshire and the surrounding areas.

Key events in Nottinghamshire's weather history will be featured: floods, droughts, storms, extremes of temperature and other strange atmospheric happenings (some well-known, others long-forgotten). Archival sources reveal how extreme weather affected daily life in the city of Nottingham and the wider county, the impact it had on different groups in society, their responses to it and which events entered the public memory." 

For more information, see the project website at:

CfP: Contributions from the Humanities and Social Sciences to Research on the Impact of Large Volcanic Eruptions (600–1800 AD)

The 5th Open Science Meeting of PAGES (, planned for May 2017 in Zaragoza, Spain, presents scholars in the humanities and natural sciences with an excellent opportunity for collaboration. Session 8 of this conference will focus on historical volcanic eruptions and their presumed impact ( As part of a research project led undertaken by Martin Bauch (Darmstadt), the Max Weber Foundation is offering up to six grants of 600€ each to cover the conference fees and partially offset accommodation and travel costs.  For more information, see

How Did Climate and Humans Respond to Past Volcanic Eruptions?

The latest issue of Eos includes a news story about the first workshop of the Past Global Changes (PAGES) working group on Volcanoes in Climate and Society (VICS) at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in June.  At this meeting, members presented new work on reconstruction and climate impacts of volcanic eruption, climate modeling, and the influence of eruptions on human history.  Discusses focused on how to reconcile paleoclimate data with model results, how to integrate written history into climate reconstruction and impact studies, and how understanding past eruptions could inform impact predictions and preparedness.

VICS will hold its next workshop at the PAGES Open Science Meeting in Zaragoza, Spain, May 2017.

Politics of Climate Change: Climate Scientists React to Donald Trump’s Election

There are many uncertainties about US policies towards climate change following Trump’s election. But the gloomy outlooks among many seem warranted given the President-elect’s comments about pulling the US from the UN’s Paris Agreement on climate change and cutting federal spending on low-carbon energy. His appointment of climate contrarian Myron Ebell to head his EPA transition team is cause for even deeper concern. Carbon Brief has interviewed over 20 of the world’s top climate scientists for their reactions. None are particularly optimistic. Some speculate that although forward progress will be stalled, there will be no major cuts to science funding. Others expect much worse.  Despite voicing major concern, all admit that it is much too early to tell how the administration will act. Click here for the interviews.

New Interview: Bruce Campbell on the Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Bruce Campbell is a highly respected historian of medieval economic history whose research and teaching has bridged many disciplines in the sciences and humanities. In his long and distinguished career at Queen's University, Belfast, he has belonged to the Departments of Geography, Economic History, History, and the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology. Recently, he published a major new book: The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval Worl. The book transforms how historians have understood the quintessential crisis of Western society - its apparent collapse in the fourteenth century - by rooting it in environmental forces that include climate change.

Professors Bathsheba Demuth, Dagomar Degroot, and Tim Newfield recently interviewed Professor Campbell at To read the interview, click here.