Cities and Mountains. Environmental and Health Risks : A Socio- Historical perspective

Cities and Mountains. Environmental and Health Risks : A Socio- Historical perspective

International Graduate School in Environmental History Lyon – Yenne – Grenoble, France, June 26-29, 2015 The LARHRA (Rhône-Alpes Historical Research Unit), in cooperation with the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), the RUCHE and with the support of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH), is pleased to announce that a four-day thematic summer school will take place in Lyon, Yenne and Grenoble, immediately before the ESEH 8th International Conference (Versailles, 30 June – 3 July 2015). This interdisciplinary summer school will provide a great opportunity for advanced graduate students and postdoctoral students to discuss their work with researchers from all over the world, and to benefit from the expertise of leading scholars in environmental history and in other fields of social and natural sciences. The challenge of this summer school will be to connect historical research on risk in urban and mountain environment. While risks in an urban context are often considered as «technological» or «envirotechnical» risks and may be closely related with environmental health issues, risks in mountain environments tend to be framed as « natural » or « socio-natural ». The risk subject will be developed in three thematic clusters, around which young researchers are invited to apply : 1/ Environmental and health risks in cities – Urban « Catastrophes » and industrial accidents – Chronic risks, pollution – Emerging problems (urban heat islands ; microbiological risks…) 2/ Environmental risks in mountain – Uses and benefits of historical works on earthquakes, flooding, avalanches. – Vulnerability issues ; scientific studies, political management and reassessment of local people knowledge. – Theoretical and empirical work on the notion of « resilience »....