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[Call for Applications] Summer School "The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments"

Four-day Graduate Summer School on Czech and Slovak Environmental History in Prague


"The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases, and Pests Shape Our Environments": The Working Group for Czech and Slovak Environmental History in cooperation with the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and with the support of European Society for Environmental History are pleased to announce a four-day graduate summer school in environmental history which will take place in Prague in late August 2016.

The summer school will offer graduate students and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their projects with an international group of peers as well as experts in their field, and to network with other researchers working on related topics. Before the start of the summer school, all participants will be expected to submit a draft article (500 words) on their topic for the Arcadia project that will subsequently be edited and reworked during a writing workshop and submitted to Arcadia for publication.

Parasites and diseases are an important and often overlooked part of ecosystems which influences our lives and landscapes in unexpected ways. We wish to explore their role as actors of history, as objects of cultural and moral evaluation, and as unexpected agents in human interactions with the environment. The topic’s position at an intersection of disciplines like environmental and medical history, biology, or ecology offers an excellent opportunity for exploring the possibilities and limitations of interdisciplinary research.

Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Time: August 28-31, 2016
Application deadline: May 20, 2016
Working language: English

Organising committee:
Jiří Janáč (Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)
Jana Piňosová (Sorbian Institute, Bautzen)
Michal Semian (Charles University, Prague)
Pavla Šimková (Rachel Carson Center/Collegium Carolinum, Munich)
Arnošt Štanzel (Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies/LMU Munich)