CFP: Climate, Food & Famine in History

Call for papers (please circulate).

We are delighted to announce that we are now open to submissions for the upcoming workshop Climate, Food, and Famine in History. This will be held on April 14, 2023 at Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, sponsored by the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology through the International Commission for the History of Meteorology, and supported by the Northern Environmental History Network.

This is an intimate 1-day event that seeks to assemble individuals with various research backgrounds (such as environmental history, HSTM, HPS, social sciences, atmospheric science) in an effort to generate critical transdisciplinary engagement around the intersection between climate, food, and famine in history. This comes at a pertinent time, when climate narratives are becoming an increasingly important feature of discourse surrounding global food insecurity. We are especially interested in papers that explore how climate has featured in historical discourses about food and famine in different ways and contexts.

The format consists of a 20-minute presentation followed by 10-minutes of discussion at the end of each panel. This will be followed by a 50-minute roundtable to finish proceedings.

Deadline for abstracts (300 words): December 15th 2022

Registration information for non-presenting participants will be circulated at a later date.

Please send your submissions and any queries to Robert Naylor and Eleanor Shaw (conference organisers):

A limited number of travel bursaries are available (with priority for early career researchers). Please email for details. In the first instance this is an in-person event. However, if you wish to contribute but cannot travel, please contact us.

Please see the this poster for further information.

With warmest regards,

Robert Naylor and Eleanor Shaw

Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester

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