New Book Series Environmental Humanities in Pre-Modern Cultures

Environmental Humanities in Pre-Modern Cultures

Series editors: Gillian Overing, Wake Forest University; Heide Estes, University of Cambridge and Monmouth University; Philip Slavin, University of Kent; Steven Mentz, St. John’s University

This series in environmental humanities offers approaches to medieval, early modern, and global pre-industrial cultures from interdisciplinary environmental perspectives. We invite submissions (both monographs and edited collections) in the fields of ecocriticism, specifically ecofeminism and new ecocritical analyses of under-represented literatures; queer ecologies; posthumanism; waste studies; environmental history; environmental archaeology; animal studies and zooarchaeology; landscape studies; ‘blue humanities’, and studies of environmental / natural disasters and change and their effects on pre-modern cultures.

Proposals Welcome:
We invite scholars at any stage of their careers to share their book proposals and draft manuscripts with us. Publications that make connections between environmental issues in pre-industrial cultures and current issues in sustainability, environmental policy, climate change, and human-nature interactions are especially welcome.
Proposals for monographs or edited volumes should kindly follow the standard AUP Proposal format and should also include the envisaged table of contents or overview of the volume and abstracts of the proposed chapters or articles.

Further Information:
For questions or to submit a proposal, contact Commissioning Editors Ilse Schweitzer ( and Erika Gaffney (; or visit

Medieval urban environment review article

ENFORMA member Roberta Magnusson has published a review article titled “Medieval Urban Environmental History” in the March 2013 issue of History Compass. The article is available at: It provides an up-to-date succinct overview of the sub-field with a copious bibliography, and is a nice addition to Ellen Arnold’s “An Introduction to Medieval Environmental History” from 2008.

Tide Mills of Western Europe

The touring exhibition “Tide Mills of Western Europe” supported by the European Commission through its Culture 2000 Programme, is now visiting  The Netherlands at the Tide Mill of Bergen-op-Zoom until 9 September 2012. On 1 September 2012, a one day seminar will be held at the Old City hall (Oude Stadhuis) at Bergen op Zoom on the topic of tide mills. For more information you can contact Peet Quintus of the Westbrabantse Mills Society ( or 0031-621207895).

The same time, the River Lea Tidal Mill Trust (RLTMT) is now hosting the exhibition of Western European Tidal Mills, which will be on display until 20 August at the House Mill, probably the largest remaining tidal mill in the world, located very close of the Olympic Park (Three Mill Lane, E3).

The exhibition is still available for those institutions that might be interested in presenting it. More information is available at the project’s website.

Podcast on medieval environmental history

We’re spreading the word about medieval environmental history!

The website Environmental History Resources has released a podcast of an interview with Dolly Jørgensen, co-founder of ENFORMA. In the interview, Dolly talks about the founding of ENFORMA, medieval environmental history as a field, and her own work on sanitation and resource management. Listen to the podcast.

Article wins prize

Dolly Jørgensen was awarded the European Society for Environmental History 2009 publication prize for her article “Cooperative Sanitation: Managing Streets and Gutters in Late Medieval England and Scandinavia,” Technology and Culture 49 (2008), 547-567. All articles on environmental history, broadly defined, in any European language published in 2007 or 2008 were eligible. The prize included a 500 euro cash award as well as reimbursement of travel expenses to the 1st World Congress of Environmental History in Copenhagen.