[ESEH Summer School] The Undesirable: How Parasites, Diseases and Pests Shape Our Environments

28.08.2016 - 31.08.2016

The Working Group for Czech and Slovak Environmental History in cooperation with the Faculty of Science at Charles University in Prague and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and with the support of European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) are pleased to announce a four-day graduate summer school in environmental history which will take place in Prague 28-31 August 2016.

The summer school offers graduate students and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to present and discuss their projects with an international group of peers as well as experts in their field, and to network with other researchers working on related topics.

Parasites and diseases are an important and often overlooked part of ecosystems which influences our lives and landscapes in unexpected ways. We wish to explore their role as actors of history, as objects of cultural and moral evaluation, and as unexpected agents in human interactions with the environment. The topic’s position at an intersection of disciplines like environmental and medical history, biology, or ecology offers an excellent opportunity for exploring the possibilities and limitations of interdisciplinary research.

The Summer School is co-organized by Arnošt Štanzel, an alumnus of the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies. In addition, the Graduate School supports this event financially.