Integrated History and Future of People on Earth Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:29:43 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 32 32 Press release by the Nordic Museum (Nordiska Museet): Fundraising to preserve Ukraine’s cultural heritage Wed, 22 Jun 2022 21:22:11 +0000 The Nordiska Museet foundation in collaboration with the Swedish National Heritage Board and other museum associates started a fundraising campaign to save cultural heritage under threat in the ongoing war in Ukraine, providing financial means to secure and protect museum collections.

The full press release can be read in the link below:

More extensive information is provided in the Swedish version of the article:

For donation, see the following text from the article:

“The fundraising welcomes contributions from both institutions as well as the public.

Bankgiro: 5475-9758
Swish: 1236280424
Label: “Insamling till Ukraina”

The collection of means for financial support is primarily intended for the National Museum of the History of Ukraine, in Kiev. The funds are for the hands-on rebuilding of the museum as soon as possible, and to secure the collections, as well as creating knowledge about them in Sweden, the Nordic countries, Europe, and the rest of the world. The collection will ensure swift and tangible efforts as soon as possible. “

Opportunity to Sign an Open Letter on the Environmental Dimensions of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Wed, 22 Jun 2022 20:54:29 +0000

The Environmental Peacebuilding Association initiated an open letter earlier this year regarding the Environmental Dimensions of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine.

In addition to the general topic of human welfare, the letter address the fact that the struggle in Ukraine also carry the risk of pollution from the Chornobyl nuclear disaster site and other radioactive and chemical facilities, the spread of fires in the Ramsar wetland Black Sea Biosphere Reserve and brings attention to the worlds’ reliance on fossil fuels and its recurrent intersection with violent conflicts.

The letter remains kept open for additional solidarity after the launch. For reading the news announcement with the full letter and a link to add your own signature, follow the link below:

The Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library Goes Live! Tue, 21 Jun 2022 17:13:37 +0000 The Mara Cultural Heritage Digital Library is now live!

The library contains primary resources from the Mara Region of Tanzania collected by historian Dr. Jan Bender Shetler during her work. Photographs, interviews, videos and cultural materials such as maps and music are among the library’s impressive offerings.

You are welcome to browse through the collections and share this exciting resource with fellow researchers:

The library has been supported by a generous three year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the design work of the Matrix project at Michigan State University.


A photograph of Ginanani Chokora and Gejera Ginanani at Kyendege.
A sample from the library’s collection. Photograph of Ginanani Chokora and Gejera Ginanani at Kyendege.  Created by Ginanani Chokora, Gejera Ginanani, Nyawagamba Magotto, Kinanda Sigara, Jan Bender Shelter


Call for Papers: History of NASA and the Environment Symposium Sun, 12 Jun 2022 21:12:09 +0000 Organized by NASA, Georgetown University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology

Date: September 29-30, 2022 Location: Georgetown University/Hybrid

The NASA History Office, Georgetown University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology invite proposals for papers to be presented at a two-day symposium at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

The purpose of the symposium is to analyze the history of NASA’s interest in, responses to, exploration of, and impact upon, environments as broadly construed. The planning committee thus welcomes papers exploring NASA’s relationship to environments on Earth, on other planetary bodies, and in deep space, as well as papers undertaking a variety of methodological approaches including not only the history of science, environmental history, and the history of technology, but also social, cultural, political, economic, legal, and other types of historical analysis. Diverse scholars at every seniority level are encouraged to apply, and Georgetown is pleased to provide funding for hotel accommodations for two nights near the university. The format of the symposium will be a combination of panel discussions, keynote talks, and group discussion.

The intention is to publish an anthology of selected papers. If you wish to present a paper or have questions, please send an abstract of no more than 400 words and a short biography or curriculum vita, including affiliation, by July 1, 2022 to:

Dr. Brian C. Odom, NASA
Dr. Dagomar Degroot, Georgetown University
Dr. Neil Maher, New Jersey Institute of Technology

6 June, Graham Waste of Time and Soil Security. Fri, 27 May 2022 14:09:52 +0000 Welcome to our next LACHES seminar

6 June 16-18  Elizabeth Graham, Institute of Archaeology, University College London, The Waste of Time and Soil Security.

Graham has been interested in the long-term impact of human occupation on the environment since her early coastal research in Belize in 1975. In keeping with the LACHES ‘historical ecology’ theme, one of her first publications on long-term human impact was in William Baleé’s 1998 edited volume, Advances in Historical Ecology. In more recent research at Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye in Belize, through a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2013-16), she and her team have been able to show that modern-day surface and sub-surface soils owe organic and inorganic components to the remains of activities of people who lived in the past, from as early as 600 B.C. to the 20th century. At the site of Lamanai, on the Belize mainland, evidence goes back to 1,600 B.C. Both sites show that where dense populations have lived for hundreds of years, impact is evidenced not in degradation but in soil thickening and nutrient enhancement. In this seminar, Graham will share ideas on the role of the decomposition of the urban and peri-urban built environments in soil formation; on why thinking about waste is more important than thinking about recycling; on the limitations of the Circular Economy; and on how a combination of archaeology and soil science can improve soil security.

Biosketch: Elizabeth Graham received her B.A. degree from the University of Rhode Island, and her Ph.D. from Cambridge University. She is presently Professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where she has been on staff since 1999. Prior to UCL, she was Assistant and then Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at York University, Ontario, Canada. She has carried out field research in Belize since 1973. From 1977 to 1979 she served as Belize’s Archaeological Commissioner. Her research interests, in addition to soils and environmental impact, include coastal archaeology, the Spanish Colonial period, the role of commercial interests in the Maya collapse, and the deconstruction of the concept of ‘human sacrifice’.

Register and get the passcode by sending an email to See seminar schedule and previous seminars here

The seminar series held the 1st Monday of every 2nd month is sponsored by IHOPE ( and organized by a planning committee of scholars in Bolivia (Universidad Mayor de San Andrés), Brazil (Universidade de São Paulo), and Sweden (University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University). Drawing on case studies as starting point, these open seminars (in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) will discuss practical challenges and opportunities of historical ecological research, with particular reference to inclusive transdisciplinary research, actionable science, and informing policy.


Nature paper: The black Death Mon, 23 May 2022 14:51:28 +0000 An understanding of historical events of pandemics is of acute relevence as a comparison to the ongoing Covid crises. Through an impressive collaboration of authors and compilation of paleoecological work across Europe we now have a better understanding of the Black Death and its impact across Europe. The data set is based on 261 radiocarbon-dated coring sites (lakes and wetlands) located across 19  European countries.  The spread of the Black Death (1347–1352 CE) is t5hought to have killed half of Europe’s population. The study showed high interregional differences. Though  the Black Death had a large impact in some regions, in other regions effects could not be seen. The authors, led by Izdebski suggest that the combination of cultural, ecological, economic, societal factors were influential in shaping the crises.  They conclude that we need to collaborate across disciplines to explore the historical ecology of pandemics, several of our IHOPE researchers could answer this call.  

See the details of the paper here


Fig: Miniature by Pierart dou Tielt illustrating the Tractatus quartus bu Gilles li Muisit (Tournai, c. 1353). The people of Tournai bury victims of the Black Death. ms. 13076 – 13077 fol. 24v. From Wikipedia.

Encyclopedia of the World’s Biomes Mon, 23 May 2022 14:17:40 +0000 See the exciting publication on the worlds biomes – a global synthesis edited by Dr. Michael I. Goldstein (US Forest Service) and Dominick DellaSala ( Earth Island Institute). Now all  5 volumes are published synthesising our existing knowledge historical and contemporary of uor global biomes. The chapters span across themes as  biodiversity importance, principal anthropogenic stressors and trends, changing climatic conditions, and conservation strategies for maintaining biomes in an increasingly human-dominated world. The encyclopedia also includes case studies from different parts of the world.

See the individual volumes and content under the and more information about the book here

Modelling ‘The Dawn of Everything’ Garrod Research Seminar – May 19th – University of Cambridge Tue, 17 May 2022 21:15:21 +0000 The Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge is continuing its Historical Ecology Garrod Research Seminar Series with:

Modelling ‘The Dawn of Everything’: How Simulating a Complex Yesterday Might (Not) Help Us With a Complicated Tomorrow
Dr. John Murphy
from the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University

The seminar will be held on Thursday 19th May, 2022 at 16:00pm (BST – British Summer Time)

Dr Murphy will give the presentation online via Zoom and there will be a live stream in the South Lecture Room. After the seminar, if you are joining in person, you are welcome for some wine and nibbles in the McDonald Building.

The abstract for Dr. Murphy’s talk can be found here: Abstract for 19 May – John Murphy seminar
More information on upcoming seminars in the series can be found here


If you would like to attend online, register to attend the zoom meeting following the link below.

Registration to Zoom meeting



CUNY Human Ecodynamics Research Center – Online Workshop – May 12th and 13th, 2022 Wed, 04 May 2022 18:02:17 +0000 IHOPE’s Institutional Research Node at CUNY’s Human Ecodynamics Research Center (HERC) is hosting an online workshop on Thursday, May 12th – Friday, May 13th, between 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM EDT.

The Spring 2022 theme will feature Maritime Historical Ecology projects from the North Atlantic and North Pacific and includes presenters from CUNY and internationally.

Presentations include:

Thursday, May 12th – 

  • Steve Hartman: BRIDGES, the sustainability science coalition of UNESCO’s international science program Management of Social Transformations (MOST)
  • Poul Holm : Oceans Past Initiative – the human marine footprint
  • Ingrid Mainland & team: Landscapes of change: archaeologies of historic period change on the island of Rousay, Orkney
  • Catherine West: Maritime Historical Ecology in the N Pacific
  • George Hambrecht : Mobilizing the Distributed Observing Network of the Past, CAMHEP project
  • Megan Victor: Dunning and Decline: The Shoalers and Codfish at Smuttynose Island

Friday, May 13th – 

  • Carole Crumley: Historical Ecology for the Future: Organizing at Local and Regional Scales
  • Ramona Harrison: The Two Valleys Project in an Environmental Archaeology Context
  • Lilja Palsdottir & Frank Feeley: Gufuskalar Iceland
  • John Haldon: The Climate Change and History Research Initiative at Princeton: History, palaeosciences and contemporary policy
  • Konrad Smiarowski & Wendi Coleman: Norse and Inuit Sealing in Greenland
  • Megan Hicks: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Rural Ecologies in Iceland: 1600-1920

Please email for the Zoom links to attend.
The attached flier (below) provides a detailed program schedule as well as more information on the HERC and this exciting workshop.

We hope to see you there!

HERC workshop sp 2022 flier


James M. Sommerville, 1859, Ocean Life 
Updated date for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2022 Conference Mon, 04 Apr 2022 20:45:49 +0000 The previously announced EGU22 conference has been moved from 3-8th of April to the 23-27th of May.

See the following link for the updated programme, where several IHOPE-affiliated researchers can be found: