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Associate/Assistant Professor, Productive Landscape History – The Ohio State University

The Landscape Architecture Section at The Ohio State University seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Associate Professor or Assistant Professor Level. We are looking for applicants whose research and teaching illuminate the cultural, historical and ecological dimensions of productive landscapes past and present. We welcome applicants working on any part of the globe, in any time, and with diverse methodological approaches. We encourage applicants from disciplines including but not limited to environmental history, geography, landscape architecture, and planning. Candidates should be able to teach landscape history surveys and research seminars. Potential research interests within the history of productive landscapes might include agricultural production; garden history; the relation between food production and urban form; and cultural landscape and cultural anthropology.

Review of applications will begin immediately. The search will remain active, and applications will continue to be accepted, until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in January 2019. The anticipated starting date of the position is no later than August 2019. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience and qualifications.

General information about the Knowlton School can be found at: https://knowlton.osu.edu.

For the full job description, and to apply online, visit https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/12280

Additional inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair Forbes Lipschitz at Lipschitz.4@osu.edu.

New Earth Histories Research Program - Call for Paper Proposals 

New Earth Histories Conference
Sydney, 6-8 December, 2019

Convenors: Alison Bashford, Adam Bobbette, Emily Kern

This conference aims to produce a fresh and cosmopolitan history of environmental and Earth sciences, analysing the significance of geological time and multiple cosmologies for global modernity. One of the most fascinating elements in a conventional history of geology is its intricate connection to theology; to complex eighteenth and nineteenth-century doctrinal debate on the age of the Earth, its relation to the universal deluge and to Biblical time. Yet the world was never just Christian. New Earth Histories proceeds from that plain fact. The conference proposes to analyse an extensive suite of other ways of knowing modern Earth history: Chinese, South and Southeast Asian, Pacific , Islamic and Indigenous conceptions of the globe, and of Earth’s origins, transformations and make up. We seek papers that analyse the encounters between these traditions, bringing the history of geosciences and the history of world cosmologies together.

Abstracts are invited from historians, geographers and scholars across the social sciences, to historicise the intellectual space between modern geosciences, theology, cosmology and cosmogony from a cosmopolitan view point. 

Abstracts due 10 December 2018

Please send 500-700 word abstract + one page CV to: newearthhistories@unsw.edu.au

For more information, please visit https://www.arts.unsw.edu.au/research/new-earth-histories-research-program/conference

Agricultural History Society - Request for Proposals

Position:  Executive Secretary
Position:  Treasurer

The Agricultural History Society (AHS) invites applications for Executive Secretary and Treasurer, with a start date of June 1, 2019. Since 1919, the AHS has served as the leading scholarly organization in the world dedicated to the study of rural life and agriculture, with our journal Agricultural History serving the scholarly community since 1927. AHS members research and teach the history of agriculture and rural life from multiple perspectives across time periods and geography.

In June 2019, the AHS will conclude a successful ten-year residency at Mississippi State University, led by Executive Secretary James C. Giesen and Treasurer Alan I Marcus. AHS members and officers now look forward to welcoming new leadership. Proposals need not reflect the pattern of two officers at the same institution and may combine the two roles. Professors Giesen and Marcus will provide counsel during the transition.

The principal duties of the Executive Secretary include:

  • Manage membership, including maintenance of member information and recruitment of new members.
  • Work with the journal editor and its vendors, including our printer, warehouse, and online distributors.
  • Regularly report to executive committee.
  • Execute the annual conference, including site selection, contracting with hotels and other vendors, and working with local arrangements to put on the meeting.
  • Conduct the annual elections for leadership positions.
  • Respond to queries and conduct correspondence on behalf of the organization.

The principal duties of the Treasurer include:

  • Manage AHS financial assets in consultation with the executive board.
  • File tax returns for the organization
  • Report the financial affairs of the AHS to the executive board and membership on a periodic basis.
  • Liaise with the Executive Secretary and Editor of Agricultural History regarding membership, conferences, and the journal.

The successful proposal will include the following:

  • Clear vision for building on past success.
  • Plan for support from host institution (i.e., course releases, overhead, student assistants).
  • Expected level of support from AHS.
  • Plan for covering the two positions (i.e., two individuals at one institution; two individuals at different institutions, or one individual for both roles). The society is open to many configurations for these positions.

Special Information:

  • Applicants are welcome to propose any number of configurations to fill the positions of Executive Secretary and Treasurer.
  • Proposals must present a plan for maintaining AHS funds as U.S. dollars.

Inquiries about these positions should be addressed to AHS President Joe Anderson or the current executive secretary, James C. Giesen.

Joe Anderson: jlanderson@mtroyal.ca

James C. Giesen: jgiesen@history.msstate.edu

All proposals should be emailed to Jenny Barker-Devine at: jenny.barker-devine@ic.edu - Due Date: November 1, 2018

Indian Ocean World PhD Fellowship - Iowa State University, Department of History

Iowa State University’s PhD program in Rural, Agricultural, Technological and Environmental (RATE) History invites applications for a 6-year, fully-funded PhD fellowship in Indian Ocean World and Middle Eastern Environmental History. Iowa State University is a partner with McGill University’s Indian Ocean World Centre and an international team of nearly two dozen universities and centers across the globe. Our partnership project, “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World,” has been awarded a 2.5 million-dollar (Canadian) partnership grant by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Historians, anthropologists, and social and environmental scientists will examine the social, economic, and political impacts of natural disasters across the world’s most populous and unstable macro-region, stretching from East Africa, Arabia, and the Persian Gulf to India, Southeast Asia, and China. By examining past and present patterns of natural hazards from epidemic disease, monsoon failure, and drought to tsunamis, volcanic activity, and global climate change, this project seeks to better understand how the societies of the Indian Ocean world have adapted to environmental risk across time.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

For further details on the fellowship and how to apply, see:  https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=57213 

For more information, please contact:
Michael Christopher Low
Assistant Professor, Department of History
McGill-SSHRC Partnership Coordinator
Email: low@iastate.edu