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Non-human agency in historical environments

ESEH 2019 Summer School in Environmental History

University of Tartu, Estonia

August 17-20, 2019


The Departments of History and Semiotics at the University of Tartu and KAJAK, the Estonian Centre for Environmental History at Tallinn University, with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden are pleased to announce a four-day graduate school in environmental history hosted at the University of Tartu, Estonia. This graduate school will precede the ESEH biannual conference in Tallinn (August 21-25), and offers intermediate to advanced graduate students the opportunity to present and discuss their work, to network with other researchers from across the world, and participate in practical workshops.

The 2019 ESEH graduate school, Non-human agency in historical environments, will explore the agency of non-humans as a lens through which to understand past environments and societies. The instructors of the course include specialists from environmental history as well as bio- and eco semiotics. The event will therefore focus particularly on one of the biggest challenges for humanist scholars interested in environment: how to build a methodologically sound enquiry into the life worlds of non-humans? How to escape environmental determinism without anthropomorphising non-human nature? 

The doctoral school welcomes applications from the PhD students and post-docs. A few places can be given to excellent MA students.    

Download the full call from HERE.