Environmental Exchanges


Centre for Environmental History


Jessica Urwin

Environmental Exchanges is the Centre for Environmental History’s regular seminar series. Launching in February 2022, Environmental Exchanges is an opportunity to showcase and discuss innovative new research that engages with key themes in environmental history.


Each year’s seminar program is organised around a single broad theme. The theme for our 2023 seminars is Climate. Each seminar will engage with this theme in distinct ways, and we aim to reflect the diversity of times, places, methods, and perspectives that historians explore in their work on climate, broadly conceived. 


Seminars are held approximately once a month on Thursdays. These seminars are open to all and are held in hybrid format, with attendees either gathering in-person in the RSSS Building at the ANU's Acton campus or joining remotely via Zoom. To receive the room location or Zoom link for a specific seminar, follow the registration link on that seminar's event page.  


We welcome enquiries related to attending or presenting at seminars in the Environmental Exchanges series. Please contact Jessica Urwin for further information. 


To be notified of upcoming seminars in this series, you can register for the Centre for Environmental History's mailing list. The Centre's mailing list goes out approximately once a month and includes details of upcoming seminars and workshops, new publications, and relevant opportunities and calls for papers.  



Environmental Exchanges Series 2 (2023): Climate

Details for seminars in this series will be added throughout the year.  




For information about previous seminars in this series, please see the Environmental Exchanges Archive page.


Photo by Karsten Würth via Unsplash. 


Past events

Environmental Exchanges: Kristie Flannery

20 Oct 2022

Oceans as Archives: sea animals, the sacred, and the history of empire in the Pacific  Dr Kristie Flannery (ACU)  This presentation by Dr Kristie Flannery is...

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Environmental Exchanges: Katrin Kleemann

6 Oct 2022

Ocean History between Germany and Australia: Georg Neumayer, the Flagstaff Observatory in Melbourne and the German Maritime Observatory in Hamburg Dr Katrin...

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Environmental Exchanges: Rohan Lloyd

23 Sep 2022

‘Not a true coral island’: Understanding the presence, absence, decline and regrowth of corals on Yunbenun (Magnetic Island) since Townsville’s settlement Dr...

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Environmental Exchanges: Alessandro Antonello

16 Jun 2022

Antarctic Krill and the Temporalities of Oceanic Abundance Dr Alessandro Antonello, Flinders University   This presentation by Dr Alessandro Antonello is...

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Environmental Exchanges: Jakobina Arch

28 Apr 2022

Mitigating Risks of Coastal Sailing: Adaptations to Oceanic Dangers in Early-Modern Japan Associate Professor Jakobina Arch, Whitman College   This...

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Environmental Exchanges: Sarah Bendall

31 Mar 2022

Whaling, Consumer Culture and Changing Understandings of the Natural World in Early Modern Europe Dr Sarah A. Bendall, Australian Catholic University This...

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Environmental Exchanges: Coll Thrush

17 Feb 2022

‘Wakes: Maritime Violence, Colonial Origin Stories, and Unfinished Business on the Northwest Coast’ Professor Coll Thrush, University of British Columbia  ...

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