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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.

News & Events

31 August 2014: Launch of Pilgrims of the Air by John Wilson Foster, Sep 30, 2014

The 22nd Meeting of the Irish Environmental History Network will feature the launch of Prof. John Wilson Foster's new book, Pilgrims of the Air, published by Notting Hill Editions.

This is a story of a scarcely credible abundance, of flocks of birds so vast they made the sky invisible. It is also a story, almost as difficult to credit, of a collapse into extinction so startling to the inhabitants of the New World as to provoke a mystery. In the fate of the North American passenger pigeon we can read much of the story of wild America – the astonishment that accompanied its discovery, the allure of its natural ‘productions’, the ruthless exploitation of its ‘commodities’ and the ultimate betrayal of its peculiar genius. And in the bird’s fate can be read, too, the essential vulnerability of species, the unpredictable passage of life itself.

The launch will be jointly hosted by Notting Hill Editions, the European Observatory of the New Human Condition, and the Trinity Long Room Hub. It will take place in the Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, from 6pm on Tuesday 30 September. Copies of Pilgrim of the Air will be on sale at the launch. A wine reception will follow. All are welcome.

26 August 2014: Global Environmental History Since 1945 - A Talk by John McNeill, Dublin - Sep 18, 2014

On Thursday 18 September, from 6pm, the Royal Irish Academy will host an Academy Discourse by Professor John McNeill of Georgetown University, Washington D.C., entitled "Global Environmental History Since 1945: Into the Anthropocene".

McNeill wil provide a global overview of environmental change since 1945 and the driving forces behind it, including energy systems, population growth, urbanization, international politics among others. He will also considers the advantages and disadvantages of employing the new term 'Anthropocene' to refer to an age in which Earth history is dominated by human impacts.

Prof. Poul Holm of Trinity College Dublin will act as Discussant at the event. Attendance is free, but advance booking is required. The event will take place in Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. See a full abstract and event details.

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 below, and also on Youtube, here. Our thanks to Dr. Cecilia Mcallister for her work on filming and production.

Irish Environmental History Network Video

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Last updated 1 September 2014 by ludlowf@tcd.ie.