Are you writing a PhD in some aspect of environmental history?

The Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University will be running a workshop for PhD students from around the country who are researching aspects of environmental history in Australia, New Zealand or elsewhere. This is the ninth biennial workshop in environmental history run at ANU since 2002. The workshop is designed primarily for doctoral students currently enrolled at universities in Australia and New Zealand who are undertaking studies in environmental history (in all its forms).  Applications from students from other countries will be considered.  The number of participants will be strictly limited (to facilitate discussion).  There is no registration fee.

The aim of the workshop is to bring together doctoral students with common interests to learn from one another about how to address significant, exciting themes in this strengthening field of scholarship.  Students will be expected to participate by speaking and writing about their own research, and by doing some preparatory reading that will be provided in advance.

Sessions will be held on each of the five days (Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June). These will feature seminars on major themes in environmental history as well as student presentations on their doctoral research. The program will also include social gatherings, opportunities to visit the National Museum of Australia, and for archival visits and informal research meetings.

Course organisers and teachers will be Professor Tom Griffiths (School of History, ANU), Professor Libby Robin (Fenner School of Environment and Society ANU) and Professor Heather Goodall (University of Technology, Sydney). Our international guest teacher will be Professor Christof Mauch, (LMU Munich, Germany).  Professor Mauch founded and co-directs the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and is a distinguished American studies scholar, with interests in national parks, energy, waste, literature, history and interdisciplinary studies. He is visiting Australia especially for this workshop.

Please apply by providing the following:

  • a brief curriculum vitae
  • two short statements, one describing the subject of your doctoral research and the other explaining what you hope to gain from the workshop.  Together, these statements should total no more than 500 words.
  • documented support for your attendance from your supervisor (a signature or e-mail will do)

Send your application to Professor Libby Robin, Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU, Canberra via email [email protected] by Thursday 1 March 2018. Financial support will be available to participants from outside Canberra.

Image: AG, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, near Canberra.