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Saturday, 24 January 2015

New podcast episode: "Tin: a historical perspective on a networked resource"

Since the Industrial Revolution metals have become global commodities, including tin. The importance if tin increased with the invention of canned food in the 19th century, and during the 20th century with the rise of the electronics industry. Both of these factors made tin a strategic resource not seen since the days that it was used in the production of bronze for weaponry.

A new edition of the Exploring Environmental History podcast explores the evolution of the global tin industry, from mining through the trade networks and the politics surrounding the strategic importance of tin. Interrogating the rhetoric of “strategic” raw materials is important in order to understand the social, political, and environmental effects of displacement of communities, environmental degradation and pollution, and ‘resource conflicts'.

The guests on this episode of the podcast are the editors of a book entitled: Tin and Global Capitalism, 1850-2000: A History of the “Devil’s Metal”,: Andrew Perchard, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Business in Society at Coventry University; Mats Ingulstad, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU); and Espen Storli, Associate Professor in History at the NTNU.

Listen to the podcast.

Monday, 8 December 2014

East Asian Environmental History Association (EAEH) 2015 conference: 2nd call for papers

The East Asian Environmental History Association (EAEH) 2015 Local Organizing Committee has issued a second call for papers for the sessions provided below:

1) Animals Marine Borders (Animals)
2) Afforestation and Deforestation (Plants)
3) Microorganisms: Infectious Diseases (Microorganisms)
4) Urban, Lakes and River Water I (Water)
5) Groundwater and Irrigation (Water)
6) Food Security (Foods)
7) Nomadism and Wild Plants (Foods, Plants)
8) Food and Water (Water)
9) National Parks and Human Landscapes (Humans, Land)
10) Nature Views, Religion and Ethics (Humans)

Proposals are invited for presentation at the EAEH 2015 meeting. Please send proposals by email to the contact shown below no later than December 18, 2015. Your submission should be accompanied by a 300-word maximum abstract and a current curriculum vitae.

EAEH 2015 Secretariat: eaeh2015@issjp.com

For more information see: http://www.aeaeh.org/eaeh2015.htm

Source: H-Environment

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