ESEH 2017: The Global Forest – Knowledge, Economy, and Perceptions in the 20th Century

ESEH 2017: The Global Forest – Knowledge, Economy, and Perceptions in the 20th Century

European Society of Environmental History
University of Zagreb
Vom - Bis
31.07.2016 - 31.07.2016
Dr. Swen Steinberg/Dr. Martin Bemmann

This call for papers on the topic of “The Global Forest” is for the Biennial Conference of the European Society of Environmental History (ESEH), which will be held in Zagreb from June 28 to July 2, 2017, with the general theme “Natures in between. Environments in areas of contact among states, economic systems, cultures and religions”. We invite proposals for individual papers addressing knowledge regimes and knowledge production regarding forests and forestry in a global perspective with a particular focus on economic aspects and the changes in national perceptions of forests. The papers should be focused on the 20th century and based on modern approaches in the history of knowledge.

Possible topics are:
- local / regional knowledge about forests and its globalization (production, circulation, distribution, and transformation / modification of knowledge)
- forms of mathematization and visualisation (statistics, handbooks, maps)
- forms of forest organization: national vs. global resource management
- identification: nation / society / ”Volk” vs. the globalized world (e.g. “Deutscher Wald” / German Forest vs. World’s Natural Heritage)
- practically vs. theoretically forest knowledge
- borders and boundaries of forest knowledge (nations, ideologies, science politics, knowledge orders)
- forms of forest globalization: exchange vs. migration

Please send a brief CV and a proposal of no more than 300 words by July 31, 2016, to Martin Bemmann ( and Swen Steinberg ( The accepted papers will be included in one panel on “The Global Forest” (five papers maximum).



Swen Steinberg Martin Bemmann

TU Dresden, Institut für Geschichte, Lehrstuhl für Sächsische Landesgeschichte
Universität Freiburg, Historisches Seminar, Professur für Außereuropäische Geschichte