Call for Submissions: Writing Meat: Flesh-Eating and Literature Since 1900

The conversion of animal bodies into flesh for human consumption is a practice where relations of power between humans and nonhuman animals are reproduced in exemplary form. From the decline of (so-called) traditional animal husbandry to the emergence of intensive agriculture and, more recently, the biotechnological innovation of in vitro meat, the last hundred years have seen dramatic changes in processes of meat production, as well as equally significant shifts in associated patterns of human-animal relations.

New evidence and scholarship relating to the Mongols

Here are three items, the first two courtesy of Prof. Victor Mair of the Univ. of Pennsylvania:

“Chinese archaeologists may have stumbled onto the fabled 'greatest palace that ever was'”

by Laura Zhao, South China Morning Post


New podcast: Contested climate: the debate on the climatic influence of forests – episode 2

The latest episode (72) of the Exploring Environmental History Podcast examines the use of online newspaper databases for historical climate research. Stephen Legg, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in History in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University, explains how he had to trawl through tens of thousands of articles in online collections for his research on the 19th century debate of climatic influence of forests.

New podcast episode: Contested climate: the debate on the climatic influence of forests

The notion that climate was changing due to the human impact on forests was strongly promoted by foresters and botanists in the 19th century. Much of the concern with the impact of forests on climate would have remained the almost exclusive domain of scientists, were it not for the role of journalists in popularising and politicising the idea. Throughout the latter half of the 19th and first quarter of the 20th centuries, newspaper coverage of the debate transformed a dusty scientific enquiry into a vibrant but increasingly polarised public debate.

Premodern Climate Change and Resilience: A Colloquium, Princeton University, 23 May 2016

A colloquium at Princeton University this month, organized by the Climate Change and History Research Initiative ( may be of interest. The event will address human adaptation and response to climatic and environmental change in the premodern Mediterranean region and beyond.  23 May, 9:00am-6:00pm, Aaron Burr 216, Princeton Univeristy.


Session I - Resilience: Theoretical background


Palaeoclimate-Palynology Workshop, Princeton University -- Call for Applicants

The Climate Change and History Research Initiative (CCHRI:, a three-year project at Princeton University, is holding a workshop for pre-modernists, 12-14 September 2016 on palaeoclimatology and palynology. This entry-level is geared towards younger scholars (junior faculty members and graduate students) from the humanities and social sciences and requires no previous knowledge of either subject.


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