University of Saskatchewan and the HGIS Lab at ESEH 2015

The European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) is meeting June 30-July 3, 2015 in Versailles, France. Five members of the University of Saskatchewan Department of History and HGIS Lab are presenting and chairing panels: Geoff Cunfer, Jim Clifford, Josh MacFadyen, Andrew Watson, and Patrick Chasse:

Cultivation, Chemistry & Consequences

Panel 2-F in Room 6, Tuesday, June 30, 16:00-17:30

  • Paper 1: Petra Machold, “Sugarcane in the Periphery of Ecuador in the 18th Century:  Reconstructing the Environmental History of Sugarcane Haciendas in Transition”
  • Paper 2: Javier Hernando and Gonzalo Madrazo, “The Late Onset of the Energy Transition in Madrid:  Urban Supply of Charcoal and Firewood in the 19th Century”
  • Paper 3: Patrick Chassé, “’Kingdom of Cotton’:  The Social and Environmental Consequences of Cotton Cultivation in Guatemala, (1948- 1985)”
  • Paper 4: Jean-Pierre Llored, “Environment and Green Chemistry: An Historical Survey”

Technologies of Empire:  Networks, Mobilities, and Exchanges in the Nineteenth-Century British Empire

Panel 4-B in Room 2, Wednesday, July 1, 11:00-12:30

  • Ruth Morgan, organizer
  • Andrea Gaynor, chair
  • Paper 1: Ruth Morgan, “Ecologies and Technologies of Empire:  An Environmental History of Telegraphy in Australasia”
  • Paper 2: Jim Clifford, “Industrialists and Economic Botanists:  Developing Commodities Frontiers in the 19th Century British World”
  • Paper 3: Rebecca J.H. Woods, “Lively Technologies and Suspended Animation in the Antipodes”

Modeling:  A Research Frontier of Interdisciplinary Environmental History

Panel 5-F in Room 6, Wednesday, July 1, 14:00-15:30

  • Martin Schmid, organizer and commentator
  • Geoff Cunfer, chair
  • Paper 1: Peter Szabó, “8000 Years of Woodland History:  The Potential of Interdisciplinary Models”
  • Paper 2: Didier Pont and Gertrud Haidvogl, “Applying Modeling Technics to Reconstruct and Simulate the Historical Evolution of Fish Biodiversity of Freshwater Systems”
  • Paper 3: Enric Tello, “Modelling Energy Flows in Agroecosystems and Linking Them with Landscape Ecology Analysis:  Why, How and for What?”

Sustainability in Industrializing Land-Use and Food Systems?  What We Learn From Applying Socio-Ecological Indicators to Historical Periods

Panel 6-C in Room 3, Thursday, July 2, 9:00-10:30

  • Simone Gingrich, organizer
  • Geoff Cunfer, chair
  • Paper 1: Simone Gingrich, “Centennial Perspectives on European Land-Use Change”
  • Paper 2: Iñaki Iriarte Goñi, “Biomass Consumption as Fuel in Spain:  A Long-Term Perspective (1850-2010)”
  • Paper 3: Juan Infante-Amate, “The Socio-Ecological Transition on a Crop Scale:  Spanish Olive Orchards in a Historical Perspective”

Paper 4:  Lilianne Laan, “A Historical Perspective on Sustainable Development:  Can ‘Modern’ Multi-Indicator Measurement Methods Contribute to Historical Research?  An Exploration of Indicators Related to Food Availability, 1850-2010”

Poster Session

Posters on display throughout the conference.

Presentations (Panel 8-A) in Auditorium, Friday, July 3, 9:00-10:30

Joshua MacFadyen, “Hewers of Wood:  Biomass Energy in Canadian Agro-Ecosystems, 1850-2010”

Global Histories of Nineteenth-Century Leather

Panel 10-F in Room 6, Friday, July 3, 14:00-15:30

  • Andrew Watson, organizer
  • Jim Clifford, chair
  • Paper 1:  Cristina Joanaz de Melo, “Water and Leather in Context:  Water Control, Conflict and Industry in Guimarães, Portugal (1880s-1950s)”
  • Paper 2:  Nickolas Perrone, “Hemlock Democracy:  New York Leather and the Invention of the Gilded Age, 1812-1870”
  • Paper 3:  Andrew Watson, “Using Digital Tools to Track Nineteenth Century Leather Tanning Supply Chains”

A majority of the panels are connected to the Sustainable Farm Systems (SFS) project. SFS team members are holding their annual project meeting in Montefrio, Spain, June 26th-28th, before the start of the ESEH meeting in France.

A list of SFS members participating in the annual meeting are as follows:


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