Joint conference of the Institutes of History at Tallinn and Tartu University and
the Estonian Centre for Environmental History (KAJAK)
In cooperation with the Rachel Carson Center, Munich (RCC)


September 10, 2014


Tallinn, Institute of History, Rüütli 6

09.30–10.00 Registration/Coffee
10.00–10.15 Ulrike Plath/Mati Laur: Opening
10.10–10.15 Erki Russow: Welcoming Words
10.15–11.15 Keynote
VERENA WINIWARTER (Klagenfurt University): “The Body Moves, though Slowly, Towards Desire.”  (Theodore Roethke). Sensitive and Toxic Bodies in Environmental History
11.15–13.00 session 1
HELI HUHTAMAA  (University of Eastern Finland Joensuu): Climate-Driven Subsistence Crises in the Northern Baltic Sea Region
RAILI ALLMÄE/LEIU HEAPOST (Tallinn University): Human Body in Changing Environment. Archaeoanthropological Evidence
FREDERIKE FELCHT (Frankfurt University / RCC Munich): The Power of Population and the Power in the Earth: Overpopulation and Lack of Food in Malthus‘ Essay on the Principle of Population
13.00–15.00 lunch
15.00–16.30 session 2
KADRI TÜÜR (Tartu University): When Fish and Human Bodies Meet: Atlantic Herring in the Hands of Estonians
LIISE LEHTSALU (Brown University): From Social History to Urban Enviromental History. A Paris in Bologne in 1797
KATI LINDSTRÖM (Tartu University): Transparent Bodies: The Lack of Bodily Dimension in the Representations of Historical Landscapes
16.30–18.30 Excursion to the Old Town
19.00 Dinner: Rataskaevu 16


September 11, 2014


Tallinn, Institute of History, Rüütli 6

9.30–11.15 session 3
CINDY OTT (Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences / RCC Munich): Buffalo and Biscuits: Squashing Myths about Food in Indian Country
RÓBERT BALOGH ( Eötvös Loránd University):   Cultures of Calories: Food Politics, Colonial Development and the Working Body in India 1920-1950
PETER HESS(University of Texas at Austin): Food Anxieties: Luxury, Hunger, and Bodily Discipline
11.15–11.45 coffee break
11.45–13.15 session 4
ULRIKE PLATH (Tallinn University, Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences): Food Literature and Environmental Knowledge in Early Modern Times
TIMO MYLLYNTAUS (Turku University): Lichen Bread, a Failed Substitute: Food Campaign during the Great Finnish Famine of the 1860s
KERSTI LUST (Tartu University): The Role of Landlords in Famine Relief in Post-Emancipation in Estonia
13.15–15.00 lunch
15.00–16.30 session 5
MATI LAUR (Tartu University): Famine and Disease in 1771/1772. Order of the “Gute Policey” in Livland and Prussia
PRIIT RAUDKIVI (Tallinn University): Bodily Vulnerability of the Society. Birth and Death in the 18th Century Estonia
ÜLLE TARKIAINEN (Tartu University): Taking Care of Old and Weak in the Estonian Village Society (on the 19th century)
Departure from Tallinn 17.29, arrival in Tartu 19.21
21.00 Dinner in Tartu


September 12, 2014


Tartu, Johannes Esto Maja (Näituse 3)

(Alternative departure from Tallinn 8.16, arrival in Tartu 10.08)

09.00-10.30 Sightseeing in Tartu
10.30 coffee
11.00–12.30 session 6
SYBILLE KERSHER (University Zwickau): Free and Restrained. The Mettray Colony.
MATTHIAS MÜLLER  (Greifswald University): The Impact of Theaters on the Bodies in the Enlightenment: The Case of Stralsund (1766-1804)
MARIANNA MURAVYEVA (Oxford University): Gender and Crime in the Urban Environment of Early Modern Russia
12.30–13.30 lunch
13.30–15.00 session 7
JOHN A. WILLIAMS (Bradley University): The Body Demands Its Rights: Socialist Nudism in the Weimar Republic
KEN IRD (Tartu University): Absence and Presence. The Case of Sodomy in Early Modern Livonia
MARTEN SEPPEL (Tartu University): Gute Policey and Gutsherrschaft: State’s growing pressure on manors to keep the good order in the Baltic provinces, 1668-1819
15.00–15.30 Roundtable: Interdisciplinary Bodies and Environments
15.30–18.00 Excursion to the countryside (bog/forest)
18.30 Dinner at “Põhjaka manor”
ca. 21.30 (or later) Back in Tallinn/Tartu