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Welcome to WCEH2024

The Fourth World Congress of Environmental History will be held at the University of Oulu, Finland from 19 to 23 August, 2024.

The conference theme is “Transitions, Transformations and Transdisciplinarity: Histories beyond History”, emphasizing both the arc of time and the importance of bringing diverse approaches to bear on contemporary problems. WCEH2024 will illuminate the value of historical understandings that go far beyond the discipline of history in treating environmental scholarship as an evolving practice, one that is created in conversation across multiple fields, concerns, and communities – and one that can help strategize the core challenges of transitions that lie ahead.

In order to encourage participation from colleagues from the South, ICEHO commits to making available at least $20,000 USD in travel grants to early-career scholars from low- and lower-middle-income countries, to be allocated upon application following paper acceptance.

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Guided by the global mandate of the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), the congress will bring an innovative programme to this Arctic gateway city, cultivating involvement from colleagues across fields and around the world.

Submission for panels and papers is a two-stage process designed to build a robust conference programme that encourages collaboration and diversity. The Call for Panels has now been closed.

Call for Panels

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WCEH is organized by the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), the Biodiverse Anthropocenes Research Programme and the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Oulu, and a Programme Committee appointed by ICEHO. WCEH is held every five years and is the major global gathering for scholars in environmental history, environmental humanities and all related fields.

Key Dates

  • Call for Panels 11/01/2023-24/04/2023
  • Panel selection 10/04/2023-10/05/2023
  • Call for Papers 15/05/2023-14/08/2023
  • Papers marked up 04/09/2023
  • Transfer process 04/09/2023-02/10/2023
  • Early Bird registration opens 06/11/2023

Get in touch

If you have any questions about the congress, or would like to get involved as a partner or sponsor, please email us at or get in touch directly with either Dr. Dmitry Arzuytov, Dr. Esa Ruuskanen or Dr. Roger Norum at the University of Oulu.

See you soon in Finland – and welcome to Oulu!

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