Conference Programme

WHAT A WONDERFUL LINE –UP! We have an incredible submissions, panels, field trips and six days of events as we celebrate environmental history! We have keynotes and plenaries – both online and in person. We hope this will be an inclusive and welcoming conference!

You can find the programme draft here. Or you can access it via the QR code below. Note that you may need to register for Oxford Abstracts before you can view the programme. It’s simple.

Please look at this first draft of the ESEH Bristol programme carefully – if there is an error with your paper (for example, perhaps it has been put in the digital section instead of in person/hybrid or a panel has been confused for an individual submission), then alert me at once.  Please contact the programme chair, Sandra Swart, directly on so I can fix it without any delay!


We want to make this YOUR conference – so please offer to chair a session that interests you: just let Sandra Swart know via the email above. REMEMBER, OF NECESSITY, THERE WILL BE SOME CHANGES TO THIS FIRST DRAFT.


Setting up the programme has been challenging as many participants have not yet actually indicated whether online or in person, so now is the time to confirm and commit. The war that Russia has launched against Ukraine will prevent many of our dear Ukrainian colleagues – who live hidden in bomb shelters, serve in the army to defend their country or flee the destruction wrought by Putin’s army – from participating in the conference. ESEH is saddened that the climate of war and repression in Russia and Belarus will hinder many colleagues to travel to Bristol. We hope that as many colleagues as possible from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia will be able to attend at least online.


We urge all participants to join us in Bristol, a thriving, multicultural city facing its past and its environment. The really amazing local organizing committee at Bristol (thank you especially Andy and Marianna) makes this exchange possible and sets up everything for the comfort and interest of each of us in strict accordance with the sanitary requirements. We have been deprived of real connection during the hardest phase of the pandemic. All along we have missed the live conversation that can only thrive when people meet in the same physical space, have a chance to talk in the corridors, and to meet for lunch or dinner – or a nice beer. We have rediscovered how vital socializing and commensality is to scholarly exchange, understanding and progress.


Please, if you still hesitate, do seize the opportunity to meet colleagues in person and celebrate environmental history together! We know it will be difficult or impossible for many to join us. But we need community now more than ever.