History and Sustainbility


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Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History Classics & Archaeology


History and Sustainability

Environmental History and
Education for Sustainable Development

Colloquium at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge
6-7 September 2007

History and Sustainability


The idea of sustainability is founded on continuity through time and draws us immediately into historical perspectives. Historians have, as yet, contributed relatively little to debates about sustainable development or examined in detail the origins and range of historical ideas of sustainability. This conference will provide a number of perspectives on the contribution historians can make to contemporary debates about sustainability, examining the following themes:

  1. International developments in the teaching of environmental history.
  2. Current directions and debates within environmental history
  3. Historical ideas of sustainability
  4. The role of history in educating for sustainable development in higher and pre-university education.

Contributors include:

Vinita Damodaran, Stephen Mosley and Paul Warde on current debates in environmental history
Poul Holm and Sverker Sörlin on developments in research and teaching in the field
Melissa Lane on sustainability in western thought
Brigid Hains on sustainability in Arctic thought
Jose Augusto Padua on slavery and ecological change in Latin America
Libby Robin on new agendas for history’s contribution to sustainability research
Rupert Brakspear on history’s contribution to pre-university education for sustainability.   

An attendance fee will be charged of £20, with a cut rate of £10 for students. Accommodation can be arranged at additional cost. Places are limited so early booking is advisable. 

For further information, please contact:

Mary-Rose Cheadle
Centre for History and Economics 
King's College 
CB2 1ST 



Supported by the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology and the Centre for History and Economics