Upcoming Northeast Regional Environmental History Conference

I’m passing along an announcement for a regional environmental history conference that will be held next month at Yale. Registration is requested but free.

Two Kingdoms: New Perspectives on Flora and Fauna in Environmental History

A Northeast Regional Conference
Yale University, Saturday, April 14, 2012
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
195 Prospect Street
New Haven, Connecticut

The lineup of papers includes quite a few history of science and technology topics (as one would expect for an environmental history conference): forest and species conservation, plant and animal breeding, industrial agriculture, animal experimentation, and others. The abstracts for the conference are available here, and I’ve copied the schedule for the day-long event after the jump. I hope to see some of you there!

“Two Kingdoms: New Perspectives on Flora and Fauna in Environmental History.”
A Northeast Regional Conference
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall
Yale University, Saturday, April 14, 2012
New Haven, Connecticut
9:30
Opening Remarks
Paul Sabin, Yale University
Eric Rutkow, Yale University
9:45-11:00
Panel 1: Resource Conservation
Chair: Peter Perdue, Yale University
John Lee (Harvard): “Protect the Pines, Punish the People: The Social Implications of Forest Conservation in Pre-Industrial Korea, 1600-1876”
Rebecca Woods (MIT): “The Return of the Native Breed: Place, Belonging and Hereford Cattle in Britain”
Kristoffer Whitney (University of Pennsylvania): “Domesticating Nature?: Surveillance and Conservation of Migratory Shorebirds in the 20th Century”
Commentator: James McCann, Boston University
11:00
Coffee Break
11:20-12:35
Panel 2: Wildlife, Humans and Environmental Change
Chair: Alan Mikhail, Yale University
Thomas Wickman (Harvard): “Great Snows and Big Animals: Moose and Other Ungulates on the Contested Maritime Peninsula in the Little Ice Age, 1675-1700”
Radhika Govindrajan (Yale): “Pigs Gone Wild: The Production of Wildness and Human-Wildlife Conflict in Modern India”
Nadia Berenstein (University of Pennsylvania): “They Rush Blindly at the Light at the Expense of Their Lives”: Bird Collisions, Urban Illumination, and ‘Tragedies of Migration’ in New York City and Philadelphia, 1887-1915”
Commentator: Shafqat Hussain, Trinity College
12:35 Buffet Lunch (free for all registered participants)
1:45-3:35
Panel 3: Scientific Experimentation and Technology
Chair: Daniel Kevles, Yale University
Tamar Novick (University of Pennsylvanis): “Holy Cow! On Milk Yield, Fertility and the Creation of Plenty in Palestine/Israel”
Helen Curry (Yale): “King-sized Cabbages and Miracle Marigolds: Creating Crops and Flowers with a Chemical, 1937-1950”
Sarah Sutton (Brandeis): “Rethinking Land and Labor: Shifting Family Values and the Transition to Industrialized Dairy Farming in New England”
Shira Shmu’ely (MIT): “‘The Flying Death’: Curare Travels From American Jungles to the British Laboratories”
Commentator: Sarah Phillips, Boston University
3:35
Afternoon Refreshments
4:00-5:15
Faculty panel
Nancy Jacobs, Brown University
Aaron Sachs, Cornell University
Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, MIT
Moderator: Rachel Rothschild, Yale University

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