The Network met on 15 July for its annual meeting, with several important items on its agenda.
First, Andrea Gaynor, the AAANZEHN convenor, reviewed some of the past year’s events and developments. Noteworthy achievements included:
- the Network’s inaugural conference, held online in October 2020 and convened by Margaret Cook;
- a suite of videos introducing aspects of environmental history made by Network committee members and edited by Claire Brennan;
- the online essay collection “Restoring Forests in Times of Contagion” edited by John Dargavel and Ben Wilkie;
- the AAANZEHN happy hour as part of the American Society for Environmental History’s “Environmental History Week” in April 2021 – which included the launching of our new video series “Snapshots of Australian Environmental History”
- and many publications and awards by all Network members.
This was Andrea’s last meeting as convenor, and the Network members present expressed their deepest thanks to her for being such an energetic and collegial convenor! Andrea also offered her thanks to those convenors who preceded her and their work over the years.
Second, the Network resolved to amend its name to recognize Aotearoa as the Māori name for New Zealand. We are therefore now the Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Environmental History Network (AAANZEHN). We are now (slowly) updating our website to reflect this.
Third, the Network’s committee was renewed. Dr Emily O’Gorman of Macquarie University is now the Network’s convenor. The Network’s committee members are: Alessandro Antonello (website and newsletter editor), James Beattie, Claire Brennan (YouTube Channel editor and coordinator), Margaret Cook (Green Stream convenor for the Australian Historical Association), Nancy Cushing (Facebook coordinator), Andrea Gaynor (sustainability representative), Heather Goodall, David Harris, Julie McIntrye, Ruth Morgan (International liaison), Lillian Pearce, and Daniel Rothenburg (new publications round-up coordinator).
As always, anyone working in environmental history in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand—and indeed anyone working on Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand globally—is very welcome to join the Network, including having their profile listed on our website.
Please contact Alessandro Antonello [email protected]
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