Session Title

Perceptions of Environmental Change in the Medieval World

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA)

Organizer Name

Abigail Agresta

Organizer Affiliation

George Washington Univ.

Presider Name

Lee Mordechai

Presider Affiliation

Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem

Paper Title 1

From Reclamation to Reforestation: Human-Driven Ecological Change in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Italy

Presenter 1 Name

Edward M. Schoolman

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Nevada-Reno

Paper Title 2

"The Frequency of Successive Droughts in the City": Infrastructure and Natural Disaster Perception in Fourteenth-Century Valencia

Presenter 2 Name

Abigail Agresta

Paper Title 3

"An lonc temps durat et encaras duron": Environmental Change in the Late Medieval Midi

Presenter 3 Name

Brian Forman

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Northwestern Univ.

Paper Title 4

Managing Risks in Times of Plague and Climate Change: Detecting Peasant Agency and Decision Making during the Late Medieval Agrarian Crisis in Scandinavia through Interdisciplinary Studies

Presenter 4 Name

Eva Svensson

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Karlstads Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1220

Description

Changing environments and changing climates have become defining features of our current historical moment. Meanwhile, recent scientific and historical scholarship has traced the outlines of climatic and environmental changes in the pre-modern world. Medievalists now have the opportunity to deepen the history of such change and responses to it, using all kinds of evidence, from new scientific data on pre-modern environments to medieval discourses on the natural world.

This session presents examples of how medieval people experienced, interpreted, and responded to changes (or perceived changes) in the non-human world, from a broad range of regions and time periods. Abigail Agresta

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May 9th, 10:00 AM

Perceptions of Environmental Change in the Medieval World

Schneider 1220

Changing environments and changing climates have become defining features of our current historical moment. Meanwhile, recent scientific and historical scholarship has traced the outlines of climatic and environmental changes in the pre-modern world. Medievalists now have the opportunity to deepen the history of such change and responses to it, using all kinds of evidence, from new scientific data on pre-modern environments to medieval discourses on the natural world.

This session presents examples of how medieval people experienced, interpreted, and responded to changes (or perceived changes) in the non-human world, from a broad range of regions and time periods. Abigail Agresta