CfP: Third NEHT Workshop 2021

Environmental Histories of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman World The Anthropocene: From Empire to Nation-States
University of Vienna, 16-18 September 2021

John McNeill (Georgetown University)
Building the Anthropocene:
A Global Environmental History of Industrialization, 1780—1920

Environmental history is a growing field of study for scholars of the Ottoman Empire and nation-states in the post-Ottoman territories, especially Turkey. Over the past decade, environmental history has emerged as one of the most significant sub-fields of Ottoman-Turkish history. After successful meetings in Hamburg (2017) and Ankara (2019), we are happy to announce that the 3rd Network for the Study of Environmental History of Turkey (NEHT) Workshop will take place in Vienna in 2021.

The workshop, organised by the Professor of Turkish Studies at the University of Vienna, will bring together scholars of Ottoman and post-Ottoman environmental history, whose research interests converge around the concept of the Anthropocene. Under the overarching theme The Anthropocene: From Empire to Nation-States, the 3rd NEHT workshop will discuss the ways of integrating the concept of the Anthropocene into the field of Ottoman/post-Ottoman environmental history. It will open a space for analysing the role of human activities in transforming the Ottoman/post-Ottoman landscapes in the age of the Anthropocene.

The major aim of the 3rd NEHT workshop is to provide an international and interdisciplinary forum; and therefore, it is open to a wide range of disciplines, fields, approaches, subjects, and methodologies.

Possible topics for paper and panel proposals include, but are not limited to:

  • The Anthropocene within the context of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman world
  • Urban and rural environmental history
  • Histories of water, soil, forests and mines
  • History of climate and climate change
  • Human-animal relationships, animals and history
  • History of technology and envirotechnical systems
  • History of medicine, health and disease
  • Environmental histories of gender, labour and inequality
  • History of consumption, waste and dirt
  • History of conservation and management
  • Environmental conflicts, environmental movements and environmental activism
  • Environmental histories of wars, armed conflicts and violence
  • Ecology and Ottoman/Turkish literature
  • Theories, methods, approaches and sources in Ottoman/Turkish environmental history
Abstract submission

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short academic resume via the form.

Abstracts should include a research question and information about primary sources, methods and expected/preliminary findings. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Programme Committee.

We plan to publish selected papers in a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal or a peer-reviewed edited volume.

Deadlines and dates

Call for papers released: 15 September 2020

Deadline for individual paper abstract and panel submissions: 1 January 2021

Decisions announced: 1 March 2021

Workshop: 16-18 September 2021


Some funding is available to support presenters; priority will be given to graduate students, early-career researchers and scholars based outside the EU and associated states. (For co-authored papers, funding will be available for one of the presenters.)

Workshop fee

There is no fee for the workshop.

Language of the workshop

The workshop language is English.

Programme Committee

Onur İnal, University of Vienna

Yavuz Köse, University of Vienna

Eva Horn, University of Vienna

Zozan Pehlivan, University of Minnesota

Semih Çelik, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations


For additional information about the workshop and the venue, please contact

Dr. Onur İnal
Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of Vienna

The workshop is a collaboration between the NEHT, the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Anthropocene Network, the Centre for Environmental History (ZUG) and the University of Vienna.

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