In July 2014, some 550 practitioners of environmental history flocked to Guimaraes, Portugal for the occasion of the 2nd World Congress of Environmental History (WCEH) – Environmental History in the Making.
The conference was held under the auspice of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO). ICEHO is an umbrella organization, where CGS is one of c. 40 listed environmental history organizations. With participants from more than 45 countries from all six inhabited continents, the WCEH proved again to be an important venue for global environmental history. The Department of Culture and Global Studies had a strong presence through the participation of Mogens Rüdiger, whose work on the history of Danish energy policy and planning had a wide appeal to the audience. Similarly, interesting debate arose from Mirjam Gebauer’s paper on eco-thrillers as a literary genre with close connectivity to concerns of the global environmental movement during recent decades. The thrill of excitement during Mirjam’s presentation was sketched by fellow environmental historian, Lev Labinger.
Finally, Bo Poulsen, conference administrator of the 2009 1st WCEH held in Copenhagen, was on conference program committee for the 2014 meeting in Guimaraes and served as a chair. In addition, the WCEH was preceded by a Ph.D. summer school in Porto with the headline of ‘The Sea as a Whole’, with Bo as one of the instructors. Our presence at this important international event form an important thread stone in the continuous effort to secure CGS’ position as an important node in the global network of environmental humanities.