[H-verkko] CFP: Perspectives in the History of Environmental Human Sciences. University of Oulu, Finland, 22-25 July 2014.

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Perspectives in the History of Environmental Human Sciences. University of Oulu,
Finland, 22-25 July 2014.
Call for Session Papers within the 33rd annual ESHHS conference: Perspectives in
the History of Environmental Human Sciences. University of Oulu, Finland, 22-25
July 2014.

Concern for the viability of societies’ resource-base and the sustainability
of the environment has resonated in the humanities and social sciences since the
beginning of the so-called industrialized era. In this session these issues will
be contemplated from the viewpoints of environmental philosophy and history of
science and ideas. Our aim is to study the birth and consolidation of different
niches of environmental enquiry as well as new disciplining in human sciences,
multidisciplinary connections, and the (re-)formulation, dissemination and
(re-)use of research aims, concepts, terms and theories in these processes. It
has been asserted that the regard for the distorted relationship between humans
and the environment is a relatively recent phenomenon, merely a few decades old.
Although it is right and good to acknowledge the significance of the 1960s and
1970s as an ideological milestone in the history of environmental awareness, it
is equally important to address the impacts of the centuries-old cumulative
processes connecting environmental issues and human sciences through the work of
18th, 19th and early 20th century scholars. Following the above-mentioned
critical research streams to environmental issues and their impacts on the new
internal (e.g. methodological) and external (e. g. multidisciplinary)
organization of the research, we seek contributions to our session proposal
within the 33rd annual European Society for the History of the Human Sciences
(ESHHS)conference which will be held in Oulu, Finland, on 22–25 July 2014. We
welcome 20-minute papers that address questions from a variety of approaches and
angles. Topics to consider include, but are not limited to:

· 18th, 19th and early 20th century thinkers’ perceptions of the distorted
relationship between people and nature and the rise of environmentalism.

· Naturalistic and environmentalistic traditions in human sciences.

· Pioneering eco-critical scholars’ contribution to human sciences.

·So-called new environmental consciousness of the 1960s and 1970s and its
effects on human sciences and the emergence of the environmental humanities.

· Scarcity as a research framework and statement in studying the sustainability
of nature and societies.

· The Anthropocene as a term and framework in studying human–nature

· The formulation and use of so-called “turns” in humanities and social
sciences (“environmental turn”, “resource turn”, etc.) and their
scientific historical explanations (e.g. Darwinist, Kuhnian, sociologist). 

· Continuities and discontinuities of traditions, reductionism vs. emergentism
in traditions.

· Philosophy of science and methodological specialties of the human
environmental sciences.

· Where do the humanities and social sciences get knowledge of nature and the
environment from?

Please email a max. 300-word abstract and a short CV by 31 March 2014 to Session
Conveners (esa.ruuskanen(at)oulu.fi) and (kari.vayrynen(at)oulu.fi). Successful
applicants will be notified by 15 April 2014. Registered participants are
expected to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. A limited number of
travel funds will be available to doctoral students and to scholars from
countries with low value currencies who are presenting papers. Please indicate
along with your submission if you wish to be considered for this arrangement,
and include a short explanation for your need to receive financial support.

To find information on the 33rd annual ESHHS conference in Oulu, please visit

Esa Ruuskanen, PhD, Academy Research Fellow (history), University of Oulu

Kari Väyrynen, PhD, Docent, Senior lecturer (philosophy), University of Oulu

Ilmoituksen lähetti: Esa Ruuskanen <Esa.Ruuskanen(at)oulu.fi>
Ilmoitus vanhentuu: 1.4.2014
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