Australian Historical Association 2016 – the New Green Stream

Environmental historians Nancy Cushing and Jodi Frawley convened a new initiative at the 2016 Australian Historical Association meeting in Ballarat Victoria (Federation University), a ‘Green Stream’ in environmental history. This created the opportunity to hear about 40 lively papers from emerging and established historians on a range of environmental subjects, including climate, fire in the landscape, animals (invasive and otherwise) in history, health and ecologies.

Nancy and Jodi chaired a well-attended meeting where there was very warm support for establishing an Australian Environmental History Collective, something to enhance and complement existing initiatives. We agreed to build on the foundation of the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network which has its own website and email list and is already a member of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO).  A working group has been formed, and we will soon be contacting people through Facebook (Australian Environmental History group), the Environmental History Network and the AHA email list for thoughts on what form the new body should take and what it should do.

The AHA’s prizes were announced at the conference dinner in the lovely Craig’s Royal Hotel. Amongst the many worthy recipients was Ruth Morgan, who was selected for the Allan Martin Award. This research fellowship is to assist early career historians further their research in Australian history and Ruth will use it to support her project ‘Australindia: Australia, India and the Ecologies of Empire, 1788–1901’. Ruth’s book Running Out? Water in Western Australia (UWA Publishing, 2015) was short listed for the WK Hancock prize, which is awarded to the best first book published in the previous two years, and was won this year by Adam Clulow, The Company and The Shogun: The Dutch Encounter with Tokugawa Japan (Columbia University Press, 2014).

If you have suggestions and ideas for what the working group could include in its program, please e-mail the Convenor, Nancy Cushing: nancy.cushing@newcastle.edu.au

Photos from #OzEH2016 social media