Course: Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland

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Environmental Memory and Change in Medieval Iceland:

An interdisciplinary course in the Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences with a special focus on Risk and Vulnerability in Iron-Age and Medieval Iceland

A two week summer course (10 ECTS*) in Iceland for Masters and Doctoral students with interest in supplementing their studies that fall within the following disciplines:

  • Literary Ecocriticism
  • Environmental History
  • Environmental Archeology
  • Environmental Anthropology

The course will have a thoroughly interdisciplinary orientation and address timely research questions that lend themselves to intersecting disciplinary perspectives and inputs from complementary scholarly fields in the humanities and social sciences that share a common interest in the human dimensions of environmental change and the effects of such processes on environments and societies.

The course will address questions on long-term societal resilience in the face of risks from climate change, internal conflict, rapid landscape change, pandemic disease, and the impact of early globalization.  Iceland represents a key area for international, interdisciplinary investigations of social responses to multiple simultaneous threats over the millennial scale.

The course will consist of a series of seminars, lectures and field-study visits on closely related research topics and themes within the environmental humanities for the benefit of approximately 30 international participants.  Senior researchers from each of the key disciplines anchoring the course will lecture during the two weeks of intensive sessions, and hold mentoring meetings with the grad students.  All lectures and coursework will be in English.

Application deadline May 7th 2014

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*) European Credit Transfer System

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Jennifer Bonnell

Associate Professor at York University
Jennifer Bonnell is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at York University. She is the author of Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and Stewards of Splendour: A History of Wildlife and People in British Columbia (Royal BC Museum, 2023). She is co-editor with Sean Kheraj of Traces of the Animal Past: Methodological Challenges in Animal History (University of Calgary Press, 2022) and with Marcel Fortin of Historical GIS Research in Canada (University of Calgary Press, 2014). She is currently working on an environmental history of beekeeping and environmental change in the Great Lakes Region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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