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Newsletter 2019/2

**Final program is available now! **
2nd International NEHT Workshop 
"Environmental Histories of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey"

Middle East Technical University, Ankara / Turkey
6-7 September 2019

Keynote address: Prof. Dr. Begüm Özkaynak (Boğaziçi University)

The final program for the 2nd International Workshop of the Network for the Study of Environmental History of Turkey (NEHT) taking place at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey on 6-7 September 2019 is available here

The workshop includes the NEHT meeting, where we will discuss the upcoming workshop in 2021 and other future projects.

"Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements" - a new edited volume by Onur İnal and Ethemcan Turhan is forthcoming with Routledge, in their Environmental Humanities series. The volume is an exploration of the environmental makings and contested historical trajectories of environmental change in Turkey. 


Transforming Socio-Natures in Turkey: Landscapes, State and Environmental Movements

Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publication Date: 24/07/2019
226 pages
ISBN: 9781138367692

Çevresel tarihin önde gelen isimlerinden Donald Hughes'in 2006 yılında yayımlanan What is Environmental History? kitabı, M. Fatih Çalışır tarafından Türkçe'ye çevrildi.

Çevresel Tarih Nedir?
Yazar: J. Donald Hughes (çeviri: M. Fatih Çalışır)
Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları
Sayfa: 220 sayfa
ISBN: 9789753333627

2020 ASEH Conference
"Reparative Environmental History"

Ottawa, Canada, 25-29 March 2020

The American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) invites panel and paper proposals that consider environmental history in all periods and places, especially those concerning the theme of Reparative Environmental History.  

Proposals can be submitted through the ASEH online submission system by July 13, 2019. 

The ASEH 2020 conference in Ottawa next year is a great opportunity to make our presence felt and at the same time to present new research. We created a google spreadsheet to help form panels.

CfPTurkologentag 2020, 16-18 September 2020, Mainz/Germany (deadline 15 February 2020)

CfP: Comité International des Études Pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes (CIEPO) 24, 23-27 June 2020, Thessaloniki/Greece (deadline 31 October 2019)

CfP: Agricultural History Society 2020 Conference -- Challenging Crops and Climates, 3-6 June, 2020, Knoxville, Tennessee (deadline 28 September 2019)

CfP: Mountain „global“: a Comparing Story of the Natural Science in the Mountains, 16.-19. Century, 3-5 September 2020, Lausanne/Switzerland (deadline 15 August 2019)

CfP: Teaching Human-Animal Studies, 23-25 January 2020, Lüneburg/Germany (deadline 1 August 2019)

CfP: YILLIK: Annual of Istanbul Studies No. 8 (deadline 4 August 2019)

CfP: 7th International Conference on the History of Occupational and Environmental Health, 24-25 June 2020, Durban/South Africa

CfP: Water History Conference, 24-25 June 2020, Delft/The Netherlands (Deadline November 1, 2019)

CfA: Oslo School of Environmental Humanities Collaboratories Funding

CfP: 15th International Congress of Ottoman Social and Economic History (ICOSEH), 13-17 July, 2020, Zagreb/Croatia (Deadline 15 December 2019)

CfA: The Richard Gillespie Mediterranean Prize for Early Career Researchers (Deadline 31 December 2019)

2019-2020 Istanbul Research Institute Grants: Istanbul Research Institute offers a variety of scholarship programs to researchers working on projects related to its departments of Byzantine, Ottoman, Atatürk and Republican-Era studies, and its “Istanbul and Music” Research Program (deadline 11 August 2019)

Alp Yücel Kaya (ed.), Buğdayın Akdeniz'deki Yolculuğu, (Izmir: İzmir Akdeniz Akademisi, 2019).

Catherine, Kuzucuoğlu, Attila Çiner, Nizamettin Kazancı (eds), Landscapes and Landforms of Turkey, (Springer, 2019).

Jennifer L. DerrThe Lived Nile Environment, Disease, and Material Colonial Economy in Egypt, (Stanford University Press, 2019)

Hande Gürses and Irmak Ertuna Howison (eds)Animals, Plants, and Landscapes An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film (New York: Routledge, 2019)

Aleksandar Shopov, “‘'Fezzan is the Siberia of Africa': Desert and Society in the Prison Memoir of Pavel Shatev (1882-1951), An Anarchist from Ottoman Macedonia, an Anarchist from Ottoman Macedonia.” Global Environment 12, no. 1 (March 2019).

Aleksandar Shopov, “Books on Agriculture (al-filāḥa) Pertaining to Medical Science and Ottoman Agricultural Science and Practice around 1500.” Muqarnas: An Annual on the Visual Cultures of the Islamic World (2019).

KEBİKEÇ İnsan Bilimleri İçin Kaynak Araştırmaları Dergisi, 2018, no. 46 (Özel Dosya: Felaket 2)

Murat Arsel, Fikret Adaman and Bengi Akbulut, "Neoliberal developmentalism, authoritarian populism, and extractivism in the countryside: the Soma mining disaster in Turkey" Journal of Peasant Studies (January 2018).

Vi An Lu, "14. ve 17. Yüzyıllarda İklimsel ve Doğal Şartların Osmanlı İmparatorluğu’na Etkisi.PESA Uluslararası Sosyal Araştırmalar Dergisi 4, no. 2 (2017): 216-240.
The Network for the Environmental History of Turkey (NEHT) endorsed the "Middle Eastern Animals: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Early Modern to Contemporary Times" workshop that was organized by the University of Vienna's Near Eastern Studies Department (Institut für Orientalistik).

Interview with Onur İnal and Yavuz Köse on Ottoman environmental history and Seeds of Power, a new book they edited (interview in German)

New Books in Environmental Studies is currently seeking hosts interested in conducting interviews with authors of new books on the environment and environmental history. Hosting the channel is a good way to bring the work of environmental scholars to the attention of large audiences. Interested parties should write Marshall Poe at

Envirotech's website has a new address,, as well as a refreshed look and, most importantly, a brand new and fully functioning Wordpress installation that will make it possible for us to add new content. 

Semih Çelik has been granted the Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship that is established by the University of Vienna's Near Eastern Studies Department  to commemorate the life and work of Andreas Tietze, an iconic twentieth-century Turcologist. For his project, "A Veritable Child of Vienna – despite the Turkish name’: Macarlı Abdullah Bey of Vienna and the Natural History Museum in Istanbul (1849-1874)", Çelik will work in the archives of the Natural History Museum Vienna.
There is a new section on our webpage where new sources in the field are listed.

Contact us at if you have a new publication.
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