The Swiss portal for the historical sciences Conference 2018: Archives of the Environment. Natural Sciences and History

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The irreversible effects of global warming raise new questions for the humanities within science too: where did earlier societies stand in relation to their environment, and what impact did this have? The 2018 conference focuses on the human and non-human traces that bear witness to our relationship with the environment.


Session 1: Introduction to Environmental History

Chair: Melanie Salvisberg (Universität Bern)

Jon Mathieu (Universität Luzern)

Heilige Berge in Europa? Zur Wahrnehmung der Umwelt im Übergang zur Moderne

Christian Rohr (Universität Bern)

Anthropogenic Historical Sources and Their Use for an Interdisciplinary Environmental and Climate History

Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (Centre de Recherche Historique, EHESS)

La naissance de la climatologie historique 1770-1830

Session 2: Natural Sciences as Historical Sciences?

Chair: Marcus Hall (Universität Zürich & Environmental Humanities Switzerland)

Oliver Heiri (Universität Basel)

Paläoökologische Umweltrekonstruktion: Ansätze, Annahmen, Beispiele


Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago University)

The Human in Natural and Humanist Histories: Towards a Fragile Rapprochement

Round-table session

Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago University)
Jean-Baptiste Fressoz (Centre de Recherche Historique, EHESS)
Marianne Sommer (Universität Luzern)

Session 3: Environmental Sources and Archives: Preservation, Exploitation and Access

Stefan Brönnimann (Universität Bern) und Franziska Hupfer (ETH Zürich)

Historische Wetterdaten:Klimatologische und geschichtswissenschaftliche Perspektiven

Christoph Scheidegger (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL)

Natural History Collections in Switzerland

Denis Reynard (Archives de l’Etat du Valais)

Archives de l’environnement en Valais

Alexandre Elsig (Université de Fribourg)

Savoirs experts, savoirs profanes. De quelques sources en histoire des pollutions industrielles