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2018

April 2018
  • April 25 - 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 8-12 - The final Oceans Past Platform meeting was held in Dingle, Co. Kerry in collaboration with the NorFish project, which also held a workshop over the course of three days. Members of the TCEH team also visited the Blasket Islands.
  • April 3 - 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 2018
  • March 14 - 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 - 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
  • February 2018
  • Feb. 15 - 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.
  • January 2018
  • Jan. 26 - 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
  • 2017

    December 2017
  • Dec. 12 - Dr. Katja Bruisch and Dr Cordula Scherer hosted a screening of "A Plastic Ocean", an adventure documentary shot at more than twenty locations over the past four years documenting the causes and consequences of plastic pollution and share solutions. It was hosted in the Science Gallery.
  • November 2017
  • Nov. 8 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
  • September 2017
  • Sept. 2017-May, 2018 - Dr. Charles Travis Faculty was awarded a University of Texas, Arlington, Fellowship on Sustainability in the Curriculum from the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact (ISGI)
  • September and October 2017 Dr. Charles Travis was awarded a University of Texas, Arlington College of Liberal Arts Research Grant “From Cure to Care: Advancing Human Well-being through Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences” Humanities GIS: Deep Mapping Health, the Human Condition and Climate Change in the American Southwest and Sub-Saharan Africa
  • September 19-22 2017 Prof. Poul Holm will partake in a lecture tour in Taiwan entitled "Climate Change and the Environmental Risk: Humanities, Social Science and Natural Science in Dialogue
  • November 2017
  • 15 – 16 November 2017 - Dr Cordula Scherer to attend the INFOMAR annual seminar held by the Marine section of the Geological Survey and the Marine Institute to inform and present the latest update on mapping the Irish marine territory
  • 22 – 24 November 2017 - NorFish workshop will take place.
  • 18 Aug 2017 - Al Matthews attended the 7th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference in NUI Galway, where Patrick Hayes presented collaborative work
  • Past events

  • 18 Aug 2017 - Al Matthews attended the 7th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference in NUI Galway, where Patrick Hayes presented collaborative work
  • 18-20 July 2017 - Al Matthews visited the British National Archives in Kew, London and examined primary sources and documentation relating to NorFish.
  • 1st July 2017Dr Katja Bruisch organized a section on wetland transformation in Northern and Eastern Europe at the biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History in Zagreb. Her presentation was called “More and Better Land: Championing Peatland Reclamation in the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union”. More info here.
  • 22 June 2017 - Dr Cordula Scherer gave a general introduction to the structure and functioning of the marine pelagic ecosystem as part of a knowledge transfer and in line with introducing herself as a new member of the NorFish team with the expertise of applied marine ecology.
  • 15-19 May 2017 - Al Matthews attended the Oceans Past Platform, COST Action (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) in Sesimbra (Lisbon), Portugal and presented on some collaborative work for NorFish.
  • 5 May 2015Dr Katja Bruisch gave a presentation on “Peasant Farming and Rural Development Projects in late Imperial and early Soviet Russia” in the Agricultural History Seminar Series at the University of Santiago de Compostela. More info here.
  • 21 Apr 2017 - Al Matthews presented at the CEH Outreach Event with students from the Institute of Inter-disciplinary Studies at University of Amsterdam, in the Long Hall Hub, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 19 April 2017 - Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell and Richard Breen attended the launch of Connecting Early Medieval European Collections (CEMEC) at the National Museum of Ireland.
  • 2-8 April 2017 - Al Matthews undertook at Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM), facilitated by the Oceans Past Platform (OPP) and funded European COST Action. The topic discussed European Market Integration of Fish Prices 1400 - 1700, and took place in the German Maritime Museum (DSM), Bremerhaven (DE).
  • 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.
  • 2-8 April 2017 - Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell undertook Short-Term Scientific Mission, as part of the COST Action Ocean’s Past Platform, to German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven to work researchers (Dr. Natascha Mehler, Christian Küchelmann, Dr. Mike Belasus, & Bart Holterman) investigating the Hanseatic league.
  • 29 Mar-1 Apr 2017 - Prof Poul Holm attended the American Society for Environmental History in Chicago and present the Norfish project at session 4-A Navigating the North Atlantic Past through archaeology, History and the Environmental Humanities.
  • 23-24 March 2017 - The NorFish March workshop was run in conjunction with the Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages conference, held annually in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute and run by Prof. Terry Barry and Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell. This year the conference considered the changing dynamics of medieval society and settlement through an exploration of changing landscapes. The conference provided rich discussions on the following themes: Royal landscapes; Food consumption and production; Maritime landscapes; Religious landscapes; and Urban & Rural landscapes. Dr. Mark Gardiner, Queen's University Belfast, delivered the keynote address "New light on the late medieval houses of rural Ireland" on Friday 24th March 2017. Full programme from the event can be found here. Participants from the NorFish March workshop formally presented their research during a session on ‘Maritime Landscapes.’ Patrick Hayes, Al Matthews, Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell and Prof. Poul Holm presented their Food Production and Consumption’ session Patrick Hayes (NorFish PhD Candidate) presented on ‘European naval diets 1400–1650: A comparative and nutritional analysis’ during ‘Food Production and Consumption’ session at Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages. Patrick Hayes, Al Matthews, Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell and Prof. Poul Holm presented their Food Production and Consumption’ session Patrick Hayes (NorFish PhD Candidate) presented on ‘European naval diets 1400–1650: A comparative and nutritional analysis’ during ‘Food Production and Consumption’ session at Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages.
  • 22 March 2017 - Dr Dara Fleming-Farrell, and Richard Breen, took the lead in organising a NorFish workshop on the archaeology of North Atlantic Fishing communities. The workshop focused on settlement and human interactions with marine resources during the medieval and early modern periods and provided the opportunity for the NorFish project to engage in detailed discussions on various aspects of archaeological and historical research directly relating to the project’s overall goals. The workshop included presentations from invited speakers (Dr. Ramon Harrison, University of Bergen; Dr. Aoife Daly, University of Copenhagen; Konrad Smiarowski, City University New York; Dr. Mark Gardiner, Queen’s University Belfast; Niall Brady, Archaeology Diving Company, Ireland) as well as presentations from Prof. Poul Holm. Dr. Francis Ludlow, Al Matthews, and Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell, Trinity College Dublin.
  • 8-9 March 2017 - Dr. Francis Ludlow presented a paper entitled "Volcanism and Variability: The Volatile Nile as Driver of Revolt and Socioeconomic Stress in Ptolemaic Egypt, 305-30 BCE". This was an invited presentation as part of 'Climate and Societies in Mediterranean during the Last Two Millennia: Current State of Knowledge and Research Perspectives' at Aix-Marseille Universite, France.
  • 24th-25th February 2017 - The IEHN is co-sponsored a two-day colloquium, organized by Teacht Aniar and Gael Linn, entitled "The Ecological Crisis and the Construction of an Alternative Society: Transformation of Consciousness". The event took place in the Mairtin Ui Cadhain Theatre, Floor 2, Arts Block, TCD.
  • 21st February 2017 - Prof. Donald Worster of the University of Kansas and the Renmin University of China presented a lecture, entitled "Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of Natural Abundance". It took place in the TRISS Seminar Room, Floor 6, Arts Block, from 4.45pm.
  • 17th February 2017 - A Rountable Discussion organised by Dr. Derek Gladwin (UBC), entitled: "Is Global Climate Action Trumped?" The event took place in Trinity College Dublin, Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, from 6pm, and featured a panel including Green Party leader Eamon Ryan.
  • 7 February 2017 - Dr. Dara Fleming-Farrell was awarded a Faculty Events Fund grant to assist in organising and running the Space and Settlement in the Middle Ages Conference.
  • Jan. 2017-Jan. 2018 Dr. Charles Travis was appointed Geospatial Humanities Workshop Program Committee Member, ACM SIGSPATIAL 2017 (International Conference on Advances in Geographic Information Systems).
  • The 28th Public Lecture and 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, Arts Block) on Monday, 30 January, 2017, and was Chaired by Dr. Frank Ludlow.
  • Dr. Charles Travis was appointed Editorial Board Member for the journal Literary Geography.
  • 2016

  • December 2016 - Dr Dara Fleming-Farrell, as part of the Ocean’s Past Platform COST Action, undertook a Short-Term Scientific Mission to work with researchers at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen.
  • 7 October 2016 - Dr Dara Fleming-Farrell attended the Digital Arts and Humanities Symposium ‘Preparing and Completing Digital Research: Digital Arts/Humanities PhDs and Post-Doctorates Demystified’ and presented her PhD research into 3D imaging and analysis of skeletal trauma, and post-doctoral work with the NorFish project.
  • From the 11th to 12th of November, the Trinity Long Room Hub hosted Ireland and the Caribbean in the Age of Empire symposium, convened by IEHN Co-Founder, Prof. David Dickson, under the auspices of the TCD Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and the Department of History. The line-up included four plenary speakers, the first of whom, Prof. Peter Pope (Memorial, St. John's), was co-sponsored by the IEHN. Prof. Pope spoke on "Interlocking Triangles: The Expansion of the Market for Newfoundland Dry Salt Cod to the Caribbean, c.1670-1750".
  • The 27th Public Lecture and 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.
  • The 26th Public Lecture and Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network featured a talk by Professor Steven Hartman (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.
  • The 25th Public Lecture and 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.
  • 2015

  • Dr. Shen Hou from Renmin University, China will deliver Irish Environmental History Network talk "Nature Modernized: An Environmental History of the Yellow River Delta Nature Reserve" Thomas Davis Theatre, Arts Block, 6 pm, 17 Nov. 2015
  • Poul Holm and Charles Travis attended the Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institues, and participate in the Humanities for the Environment networking events (June 5-7)
  • Charles Travis will chair the "Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities" (NDEH) workshop which is attracting scholars from the USA, the UK and South Africa and is sponsored by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award (June 18th)
  • Booklaunch: "Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives" (David Bodenhamer) and "Abstract Machine: Humanities GIS (Charles Travis) will be launched following the (NDEH) workshop (June 18)
  • Charles Travis will be attending and presenting at the DH 2015 Global Digital Humanities Conference in Sydney, Australia (June 28-July 4)
  • Poul Holm and Charles Travis will meet Directors of the Mellon Observatories in Phoenix, Arizona (May 13-15)
  • The COST Action Oceans Past Platform will meet in Tallinn Estonia in May 2015 as part of the Oceans Past V international conference (May 20-22)
  • Poul Holm and Charlie Travis will visit the University of Pretoria to build networks with South African colleagues regarding the European Observatory of the New Human Condition (April 8-9)
  • The European Observatory of the New Human Condition group will meet in the Danish Academies of Science and Letters in (April 27-28)
  • The 2015 COST Action Oceans Past Platform Synthesis meeting will take place in Trinity Long Room Hub (closed meeting)
  • 2014

  • European Observatory of the New Human Condition - Threat Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October 2014 - workshop (closed meeting) Public talk: 6pm Monday 6th October 2014 - Dr Kari Norgaard, University of Oregon. Author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life (2011) Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub
  • Royal Irish Academy Discourse “Global Environmental History since 1945: Into the Anthropocene” Public talk: 6pm Thursday 18th September 2014 at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Professor John McNeill and respondent Porfessor Poul Holm

  • 2013

  • Professor Poul Holm interview in Research Professional, by Laura Greenhalgh.
  • The History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) project has been recognized by Science Europe in 2013 as one of twelve humanities projects of major societal impact. Click Humanities in Societal Challenges for more information.
  • The European Observatory of the New Human Condition has focused its efforts over the past few months on honing research questions and creating digital infrastructure. This observatory concept was launched in a special issue of the journal Environmental Science and Policy in April 2013 with Professor Poul Holm as lead author of one paper and a contributor to the introduction to the volume and another paper.
  • In May 2013, Professor Holm was invited to present the European Observatory at a workshop in Nanjing, China, on environmental humanities for mainly Chinese and Indian scholars.
  • Dr. Charles Travis is now in place as postdoctoral researcher. Thanks to matching funding from Trinity College Dublin, he is appointed full time for two years. Dr. Travis has a background in literary, historical, cultural and environmental geography, geographical information systems (GIS) and brings strong digital humanities skills to the European Observatory and Environmental Humanities initiatives.
  • In June 2013, Dr. Travis presented a paper titled Observatory of the New Human Condition: Proposals and Prospects to a pre-conference workshop “Joint Programing Initiative on Climate” attached to the Future Leaders Conference, in Oslo, Norway.
  • The European Observatory will host three invitation only forums (workshops) to address questions and issues concerning human agency and climate change on individual, institutional, and social levels. The first observatory forum (December 2013) will address “Perceptions of long-term change: individual agency in the face of global environmental change.
  • Current discussions are underway to explore European Observatory partnerships with major international business leaders.
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