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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.

Please note that there will be funding to assist with the participation costs of early career researchers and students who are convenors of panels or authors of papers in the conference and who plan to attend in person. The call for funding is now closed.

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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 was a two-stage process designed to build a robust conference programme that encourages collaboration and diversity. The Call for Panels and the Call for Papers have now closed.

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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 24/04/2023-15/06/2023
  • Call for Papers 15/06/2023-18/09/2023
  • Papers marked up 18/09/2023-02/10/2023
  • Transfer process 09/10/2023-30/10/2023
  • Early Bird registration opens 04/12/2023
  • Call for Funding 08/01/2024-12/02/2024
  • Early Bird rates end 15/04/2024

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 Dr. Roger Norum at the University of Oulu.

See you soon in Finland – and welcome to Oulu!

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