WCEH medieval papers

There will be many sessions with papers on medieval history at the 1st World Congress of Environmental History in Copenhagen, Denmark, 4-8 August 2009. Look for these in your program:

Session 2.5, Mapping global agricultural history 2: Global agricultural systems in Eurasia 1000-1500, Janken Myrdal

Session 2.6, Man’s role in changing the face of a river: (1) From peat river to international trade route. The “birth” of the Western Scheldt estuary as seen from a social-ecological perspective (Belgium-The Netherlands, 12th-16th centuries), Tim Soens; (2) Storm Flooding, Economy and Environment: The Experience of the Tidal Thames 1250-1550, James Galloway

Session 2.7, Climate histories: Connecting Arabic and European medieval documentary data for reconstructing climate, Ruediger Glaser

Session 3.11, Using and abusing wild animals: Cultural Behavior and Animals’ Life: The Relationship between the Tribute and Asiatic Lions’ Crisis (1400-1600), Lei Kang

Session 4.7, Grape & grain: (1) Climatic variations in the Low Countries during the fifteenth century and their impact on economy and society, Chantal Camenisch; (2)The beginning of the grain harvest as a proxy for early summer temperatures, Norfolk c. 1270 AD – 1430 AD, Kathleen Pribyl

Session 4.8, Water management & land use: (1) Historic Ponds in Rural Southern Burgundy: Water management from the Medieval Period through the Present Day, Elizabeth Jones, Scott Madry and Dennis McDaniel; (2) A Multi-Proxy Reconstruction of Environmental and Land Use Changes from Medieval Aged Reservoir and Mill Pond Sediments, Southern Burgundy; Tamara Misner, Marie-Jose Gaillard-Lemdahl, Michael Rosenmeier and Eric Straffin

Session 4.9, In theft and law, life and death: (1) De mortibus animalium: livestock pestilence in Carolingian Europe, c. 750-950 CE, Tim Newfield; (2) Pig Husbandry in Late-Medieval England (1250-1400), Philip Slavin; (3) The Fish of the Sea in Late Medieval law,Tim Sistrunk; (4) Hunting birds to eat in Italy, thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, Cristina Arrigoni Martelli

Session 6.7, Reconstruction of the European climate in the past millennium: (1) Seasonal climate variability and famines in Medieval Europe (1200 to 1499), Christian Pfister; (2) European climate of the past millennium: potential of historical climatology for its understandingand reconstruction, Rudolf Brázdil

Session 7.2, Perspectives on early modern resources: Human effects on landscapes of Bialowieza Primeval Forest in the 14th-18th centuries; Tomasz Samojlik

Session 7.6, The study of modern and pre-modern rivers: Towards a methodology for the study of pre-modern rivers, Robert Babcock

Session 7.12, Eminent domain, sustainability & resistance: (1) Colonized Environments, Rural Resistance, and Moral Ecology in post-Conquest England and Late Medieval Orkney and Shetland, Vicki Szabo; (2) The Roots of Eminent Domain in Natural Resources: Under and Over the Ground in Medieval France, Richard Keyser; (3) Regalian rights in woods as a resource for mining in medieval Serbia, Jelena Mrgic

Session 8.4, Environmental risk & insurance: (1) Managing environmental risks. Society and floods in the Upper Rhine Valley and Tuscany in the Renaissance (ca. 1270-1560), Gerrit Jasper Schenk; (2) Risk Management and Disaster Prevention in the Late Middle Ages. Facing floods in 13th to 16th century Central Europe, Christian Rohr

Session 8.6, Histories of food & the environment: Small is tasteful. Consumption patterns of eel in Northwestern Europe, 1300-1800, Petra J.E.M. van Dam

Session 8.11, Source & resources: (1) Monastic responses to the theft of natural resources in medieval Germany, Ellen Arnold; (2) Is shipbuilding to blame for? Issues for reconstructing local factors affecting the history of medieval Mediterranean forests, Constantin Canavas

Session 9.6 Forests and Energy in northern and central Europe 1400-1850: (1) Woodland Exploitation in Central Europe 1400–1800: Changes vs. Stability, Péter Szabó and Radim Hédl; (2) Holland’s energy economy c. 1400-c. 1600, Charles Cornelisse; (3) Wood and wood products in the English economy, c.1550-1750, Paul Warde

Also look for the following posters:

Beer and Hops in late medieval and early modern Denmark, Stefan Pajung

How extreme where the Floods of River Rhine in the pre-instrumental Period? A novel interdisciplinary approach for reconstructing and quantifying pre-instrumental floods, Oliver Wetter

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