Wednesday, October 6, 4:30pm
An ‘Under’ World of Practices: Romano-British Religious Cults in the Severn Valley
The Environmental History Lab of the Program in Medieval Studies invites you to join us for the first EHL seminar of Fall 2021. This is a virtual seminar via Zoom.
Dr. Janet E. Kay, Associate Research Scholar, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University
Avner Goldstein ’21, Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, Boston College
Q&A and discussion to follow presentation.
Registration is required for this event. Please register at this link.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Tuesday, October 6, 13:30
Seminar 1: Lessons from the past? Terms of the debate and some examples
Hugh Elton (Ancient Greek & Roman Studies, Trent University), John Haldon (History, Princeton) and Adam Izdebski (Max-Planck-Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena)
General introduction and a case study: How does an empire reconfigure itself? Rome and Byzantium, 5th – 8th centuries CE
Lee Mordechai (Hebrew U Jerusalem) and Merle Eisenberg (National Center for Socioenvironmental Synthesis, Annapolis)
How do pandemics affect early medieval societies?
Tim Newfield (History & Biology, Georgetown U) and Dr. Annelise Binois (University of Copenhagen)
The societal impacts of livestock plagues
Tuesday, October 13, 13:30
Seminar 2: Risk Management and Historical Theory
Luke Kemp (Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, U Cambridge)
Participatory Pasts and Fuzzy Futures: Tools to View History as a System
Steven Hartman (University of Iceland)
UNESCO’s Principles for Sustainability Science as Guidelines for Formulating Qualitative Scenario Storylines (QSS) and Collaborative Conceptual Modeling (CCM)
Tuesday, October 20, 13:30
Seminar 3: Managing Risks: Some Farmers’ Perspectives
Benjamin Trump (US Army Corps of Engineering R & D Center)
Using History to Understand Current Challenges with Resilience and Systemic Risk
Edda Fields-Black (Dept of History, Carnegie Mellon University), Travis Folk (Folk Land management, Inc.) and Daniel Hanks (Clemson University, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation)
Queen Rice: modeling human and natural systems of historic rice fields in the Gullah Geechee corridor in the face of climate change and sea level rise
Tuesday, October 27, 13:30
Seminar 4: Failing Strategies 1
Tom McGovern (Hunter College CUNY)
Success and Failure in the Norse N. Atlantic: Origins, Pathway Divergence, Extinction and Survival
Eric Cline (Dept. of History, George Washington University)
After 1177 BCE: Resilience, Resistance, and the Relevance of the Rebirth of Civilizations for Today’s World
Tuesday, November 3, 13:30
Seminar 5: Failing Strategies 2
Emmanuel Kreike (History Dept., Princeton)
Tsunamis, El Nino, and War on Aceh, Sumatra
Thayer Patterson & Miguel Centeno (Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies)
Are all unhappy systems alike? Finding Patterns in Historical Collapses
Tuesday, November 10, 13:30
General team discussion focused around key themes (to be agreed and circulated to speakers, chairs etc.) – what have we learned and where do we go from here?