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Irish Environmental History Network

Welcome to the home of the Irish Environmental History Network (IEHN), hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The Network is a collection of individuals from institutions in Ireland and beyond, interested or engaged in research relating to the concerns of Irish environmental history. This research employs a broad array of methods and sources and focuses on how humanity has perceived and interacted with the global and Irish environment in any past era. The primary goal of the Network is to act as a contact point for researchers in diverse disciplines focusing on the different aspects of Irish environmental history. More information about the Network and its remit can be found here. On this website you will find simple research profiles of members of the Network, a growing collection of links to relevant websites and resources, reviews and short articles highlighting the work of members, and news of events of interest. The Network is a Member of the International Consortium for Environmental History Organizations.

News & Event Highlights

  • April 25 2018 - The 39th Public Lecture of the Irish Environmental History Network was presented by Dr James Smith of of University of York. This lecture took place at 6pm, Wednesday 25th April 2018, in the TRiSS Seminar Room, 6th Floor Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. This lecture was entitled "Engineering the Soul: Landscape, Technology and Energy in Medieval Intellectual Culture". More details.
  • April 3 2018 - The 38th Public Lecture of the Irish Environmental History Network was presented by Dr Julia Lajus of National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, 5pm, Tuesday 3rd April 2018, in the Neill Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. This lecture was entitled "Nature’s experts under Soviet power". More details.
  • March 14 2018 - The 37th Public Lecture of the Irish Environmental History Network was presented by Dr Dr James H. Barrett of University of Cambridge, at 6pm, Wednesday 14th March 2018, in the TRISS seminar room, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. More details
  • March 7 2018 - The 36th Public Lecture of the Irish Environmental History Network was presented by Dr Tønnes Bekker-Nielsen of University of Southern Denmark, at 6pm, Wednesday 7th March 2018, in the Uí Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. More details
  • Feb. 15 2018 - The Trinity Centre for Environmental Humanities (TCEH) held its official launch on Thursday, 15h of February 2018 from 5-7pm in the Trinity Research in Social Sciences (TRiSS) seminar room on the 6th floor of the Arts Building. This event featured a guest lecture by Dr Christine Hansen of Gothenburg University, which was entitled "Big Fire and other Australian seasons: the forgotten Aboriginal Calendar", followed by a wine reception and launch of the Centre. More details.
  • Jan. 26 2018 - 35th Public Lecture of the Irish Environmental History Network, featuring a lecture by Dr. Ronan Foley of Maynooth University. The lecture was entitled “Therapeutic Environments in 18th and 19th Century Ireland: Hybrid Spaces and Practices”. More details
  • 17 February, 2017: Trinity College Dublin

    lign="justify">A Rountable Discussion organzed by Dr. Derek Gladwin (UBC), entitled: "Is Global Climate Action Trumped?" The event will take place in Trinity College Dublin, Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, from 6pm. The event is sponsored by the TCD Environmental Humanities Initiative, and will be open to the public, but booking your place ahead of time is essential. More details.

    Past Events

  • Nov. 8 2017 The IEHN hosted a lecture from TCD Honorary Doctorate awardee Patricia Oliver of An Taisce, who presented a lecture entitled "Flagging the Future". This lecture will took place in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, from 18:00-19:00 on the 8th of November 2017. More details
  • 5th April 2017 - Dr. Cornelius Buttimer of University College Cork presented a lecture entitled "Weather Data in Humphrey O'Sullivan's Diary, 1827-35". The meeting took place on Wednesday 5th April, 2017, in the TRISS Seminar Room, Floor 6, Arts Block, at 5pm.
  • 21 February, 2017: Trinity College Dublin

    The 30th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network will feature a lecture by Prof. Donald Worster of the University of Kansas and the Renmin University of China, entitled "Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance". It will take place in the TRISS Seminar Room, Floor 6, Arts Block, from 4.45pm. See more details.

    10 February, 2017: Trinity College Dublin

    The 29th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a lecture by Dr. Derek Gladwin of the University of British Columbia, entitled: "'Ya can't trust em': Shifting Ecological Perspectives of Literary and Cultural Peatlands". It will took place from 4.45-6.00pm in Trinity College Dublin in the Ui Chadhain Theatre, Arts Block, Floor 2. See more details.

    30 January, 2017: Trinity College Dublin

    The 28th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a lecture by Prof. Andrew Jackson of Trinity College Dublin, entitled "Palaeoecology and Future Ecology Through the Lens of Stable Isotopes". The lecture took place in Trinity College Dublin (TRISS Seminar Room, Floor 6, Arts Block) from 4.45pm, on Monday the 30th of January, 2017. See more details.

    17 October, 2016: Ireland and the Caribbean in the Age of Empire (11-12 November, 2016)

    The Ireland and the Caribbean in the Age of Empire symposium, associated with the 'Making Ireland' Trinity College Research Theme, and organized by IEHN Co-Founder, Prof. David Dickson, was held November 11-12, 2016, in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, under the auspices of the TCD Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and the Department of History. The intention was to bring together researchers working on the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries to explore complementary themes relating to the multifaceted involvement of Irish people in Caribbean history during the era of European conquest, commercial development and extreme human exploitation. The line-up included four plenary speakers, the first of whom, Prof. Peter Pope (Memorial, St. John's), was co-sponsored by the IEHN and Prof. Poul Holm's North Atlantic Fish Revolution (NorFish) project. Prof. Pope spoke on "Interlocking Triangles: The Expansion of the Market for Newfoundland Dry Salt Cod to the Caribbean, c.1670-1750". See the full programme (.docx download).

    burce campbell photo07 September, 2016: CfP for Sea, Land, and Spirit: Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland (05-08 June, 2017)

    IEHN Member, Prof. John B. Roney has announced the Call for Papers for the Sea, Land, and Spirit: Coastal Environment in the West of Ireland conference, to be held June 05-08, 2017, in Dingle, Ireland. Here is a brief conference description:

    Join us at this gathering of scholars and practitioners from a variety of fields to reflect on the coastal environment of the west of Ireland. The conference will offer a multi-disciplinary forum for scholars who have a primary interest in the coastal environment as a shared national treasure to come together to increase their understanding, and to offer ideas and best practices to sustain the coasts for future generations. Panel presentations will be held on the natural sciences along with panels on humanities and social sciences to understand the past relationship with the environment, as well as more recent and future changes. Other topics include the effects of tourism and industry, and the human imagination and experience. The conference will also invite participation from leaders and practitioners to discuss current projects and opportunities.

    More information on the Sea, Land, and Spirit conference and click on the conference poster (above left) for a pdf.

    01 September, 2016: The Great Transition by Bruce M. S. Campbell

    burce campbell photoIEHN Member, Prof. Bruce M. S. Campbell's new monograph, The Great Transition: Climate, Disease and Society in the Late-Medieval World, has just been released in August by Cambridge University Press, and will likely be of interest to many IEHN members within and beyond Ireland. Here is a brief description:

    In the fourteenth century the Old World witnessed a series of profound and abrupt changes in the trajectory of long-established historical trends. Transcontinental networks of exchange fractured and an era of economic contraction and demographic decline dawned from which Latin Christendom would not begin to emerge until its voyages of discovery at the end of the fifteenth century. In a major new study of this 'Great Transition', Bruce Campbell assesses the contributions of commercial recession, war, climate change, and eruption of the Black Death to a far-reaching reversal of fortunes from which no part of Eurasia was spared. The book synthesises a wealth of new historical, palaeo-ecological and biological evidence, including estimates of national income, reconstructions of past climates, and genetic analysis of DNA extracted from the teeth of plague victims, to provide a fresh account of the creation, collapse and realignment of Western Europe's late medieval commercial economy.

    See more on The Great Transition (also here for a series of podcasted lectures).

    22 July, 2016: ICEHO Website and Survey

    The International Consortium for Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), of which the IEHN is a member, has launched a new website (iceho.org) and, to kick that off, is also conducting a survey to find out from "the members of our members" how it can better serve the global environmental history community. We encourage IEHN members to take the five minutes required to complete this survey, and check out the new ICEHO website. One lucky respondent will win 2 books of his/her choice from the Studies in Environment and History series from Cambridge University Press.

    12th April, 2016: Trinity College Dublin

    The 27th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Kurt Villads Jensen of Stockholm University, entitled "Changing Nature in the Baltic Crusades in the Middle Ages". The lecture took place on Tuesday, 12 April, 2016, in the TRISS Seminar Room, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, and was Chaired by Dr. Frank Ludlow. See full details.

    3rd February, 2016: Trinity College Dublin

    The 26th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Steven Hartman of Mid Sweden University, entitled "Inscribing Environmental Memory: Bringing the Historical Past and Underrepresented SSH Knowledge to the Global Change Agenda". The lecture took place on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin. See full details.

    28 January, 2016: Trinity College Dublin

    The 25th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a lecture by Dr. Peter Jones of the University of Strathclyde, entitled "The 'Pre-History' of Industrial Trawling, and its Impact on the Coastal Fisheries of the U.K. and Ireland", and took place on Thursday 28 January, 2016, in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Frank Ludlow, Trinity College Dublin. See full details.

    17 November, 2015: Trinity College Dublin

    The 24th Public Lecture & Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Shen Hou, History Department, Renmin University of China, Beijing, entitled "Nature Modernized: An Environmental History of the Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve", and took place on Tuesday November 17th, 2015, in the Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin. See full details.

    10 December, 2014: Trinity College Dublin

    The 23rd Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Linda Williams, Associate Professor at RMIT University, Melbourne, and Key Researcher at the Australia Pacific Observatory in Environmental Humanities at the University of Sydney. Her lecture was entitled "Ocean Acidification, Affective Imaginaries and the Pivotal Role of the Longue Duree", and took place on Wednesday, December 11th, 2014, in the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. The meeting was Chaired by Dr. Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin. See full details.

    31 August, 2014: Trinity College Dublin

    The 22nd Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured the launch of Prof. John Wilson Foster's new book, Pilgrims of the Air, published by Notting Hill Editions. The launch was jointly hosted by Notting Hill Editions, the European Observatory of the New Human Condition, and the Trinity Long Room Hub. It took place in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, from 6pm on Tuesday 30 September. Dr. Charles Travis chaired the event, which included commentary by Prof. Foster and Prof. Patrick J. Duffy.

    23 July 2010: Irish Environmental History Network Video

    At a meeting held in Trinity College, Dublin, October 2009, to discuss the establishment of the IEHN, the opportunity was taken to make a short film of some of the attendees discussing their views on the potential of the IEHN and the directions it might take in immediate future and longer term. We thank the brave participants who agreed to be filmed: Prof. Poul Holm and Dr. Juliana Adelman of Trinity College, Dublin, Prof. Chris Smout of the University of St. Andrews, and Prof. Richard Oram of the University of Stirling. The film can be viewed on Youtube, here. Our thanks to Dr. Cecilia Mcallister for her work on filming and production.

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