22 September 2021 — 24 September 2021

Online Conference

Online Conference


Wednesday 22 September 2021

14.15-14.30 (CEST) | Welcoming Remarks

Christoph Cornelißen (University of Frankfurt a.M. – FBK-ISIG)

14.30-15.15 (CEST) | Opening Lecture

Helmuth Trischler (Deutsches Museum – Rachel Carson Center, Munich), The Anthropocene as a Provocation to Environmental History

15.30-18.30 (CEST) Session | Urban Metabolism and the Transformation of Hinterlands: Ecology and Technology

Chair: Katia Occhi (FBK-ISIG)

Georg Stöger (University of Salzburg), Urban Environmental Infrastructure in the East Alpine Region, Sixteenth to Eighteenth Century

Claudio Lorenzini (University of Udine), Between “Stues” and “Çates”: Infrastructures for Timber Transport between Disbursement and Flow. The Case of Friuli in the Early Modern Period

Sabine Barles (University of Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris), The Infrastructural Dimension of Urban Metabolism

Christoph Bernhardt (Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Erkner), The Rise and Fall of the “Car-Friendly City” in Twentieth-Century Europe – the Case of Berlin in a Transnational Perspective


Thursday 23 September 2021

9.30-12.30 (CEST) Session | Energy Systems: Resources, Actors, Conflicts

Chair: Claudio Ferlan (FBK-ISIG)

Jean Baptiste Fressoz (EHESS, Paris), Energy History: From Transition to Cumulation and Symbioses, 19th-20th centuries

Katja Bruisch (Trinity College, Dublin), Place Matters: Revisiting Soviet Electrification

Astrid Mignon Kirchhof (Humboldt University, Berlin), Uranium Stories: Making the Wismut Narrative Visible

Elisabetta Bini (University of Naples), Defending the Environment? Conflicts over Water Resources in the Italian Nuclear Program (1975-1987)

15.00-18.00 (CEST) Session | The Multiple Scales of Enviro-Technical Systems: Spatial and Temporal Features

Chair: Giacomo Bonan (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Giacomo Parrinello (Sciences Po, Paris), Water as Infrastructure and the Scalar Mismatch: Po River Basin, 19th-20th centuries

Frédéric Graber (Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin – EHESS, Paris), The Long-lasting Relationship between Environment, Infrastructure and Participation

Simone Müller (Rachel Carson Center, Munich), Hazardous Travels: Structures and Dynamics of the Global Waste Economy

David Edgerton (King’s College, London), Cumulation not Transition? Some Thoughts on the Material History of the Twentieth Century


Friday 24 September 2021

14.30-17.30 (CEST) Session | Hybrid Landscape: Infrastructures of Water Control

Chair: Lavinia Maddaluno (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Matteo Di Tullio (University of Pavia), Coping with Water:  Economy, Ecology, and Conflicts in Early Modern Lombardy

Tim Soens (University of Antwerp), Seawalls Reworked: Envirotech, Climate Change and Labor on the North Sea Coast before 1900

David Gentilcore (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), Decadent Infrastructure? Representations of Water Provision and Management in the Kingdom of Naples in the Early Nineteenth Century

Joana Gaspar de Freitas (University of Lisbon), Building Environments: A Historical View on Dunes as Envirotechnical Landscapes

17.45-18.30 (CEST) | Conclusion

Chair: Christoph Cornelißen (University of Frankfurt a.M. – FBK-ISIG)

John R. McNeill (Georgetown University), Concluding Remarks


Organizing Committee:

Giacomo Bonan (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)
Christoph Cornelißen (University of Frankfurt a.M. – FBK-ISIG)
Katia Occhi (FBK-Istituto storico italo-germanico)


Landschaft mit Bergwerk by Herri met de Bles (about 1485/1510 – about 1555), Alte Galerie /Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH, Graz



Registration to this event is mandatory.

Registration closed on 21/09/2021.

Registration available until 21/09/2021, 12 a.m. (CEST)




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