Environmental History Workshop 2021

SocioEnvironmental Histories and interdisciplinary perspectives on resilience in the tropical Andes

2-3 June 2021, Online 

Free Registration 


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Breakout activity

In the breakout group activity, participants are invited to actively participate in identifying the most pressing challenges and opportunities for interdisciplinary environmental history disciplines. This activity should focus on the questions previously addressed by the panel and discussion around interdisciplinary, environmental history and public policy. From these discussions, a question will emerge for each group that will be discussed in a final plenary session with the panelists and experts. Then, organizers and collaborators develop one or more products in form of 1) short articles in PAGES magazines, potential publication product of the discussions during 2-days workshop, and 3) network of researchers on SocioEnvironmental history in the Andes.

Pre-breakout activity

Participants are asked to collect and read material that can contribute to set the foundations of the activity. Such material is regarded as specific case studies and methods that explore interdisciplinary approaches on SocioEnvironmental history and how SocioEnvironmental history informs public policy.  Some examples include (email us if you don’t have access to get these articles):


  1. Aceituno, F. J., et al. (2013). “The initial human settlement of Northwest South America during the Pleistocene/Holocene transition: Synthesis and perspectives.” Quaternary International 301: 23-33.
  2. Pardo, N., et al. (2021). “Worlding resilience in the Doña Juana Volcano-Páramo, Northern Andes (Colombia): A transdisciplinary view.” Natural Hazards 107(2): 1845-1880.
  3. Mora Pacheco, K. G. (2017). Los agricultores y ganaderos de la sabana de Bogotá frente a las fluctuaciones climáticas del siglo XVIII. Fronteras De La Historia  20(1), 14-42.
  4. Etter, A., et al. (2008). “Historical Patterns and Drivers of Landscape Change in Colombia Since 1500: A Regionalized Spatial Approach.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(1): 2-23. 
  5. Redondo, J. M., et al. (2019). “Landscape sustainability analysis: Methodological approach from dynamical systems.” Journal of Physics: Conference Series 1414: 012010.
  6. Haraway, D. (2015). “Anthropocene, capitalocene, plantationocene, chthulucene: Making kin.” Environmental humanities 6(1): 159-165.
  7. Dearing, J. A., et al. (2006). “Human–environment interactions: learning from the past.” Regional Environmental Change 6(1): 1-16.
  8. Sutherland, W. J., et al. (2011). “Methods for collaboratively identifying research priorities and emerging issues in science and policy.” Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2(3): 238-247.
  9. Dearing, J. A., et al. (2008). “Using multiple archives to understand past and present climate-human- environment interactions: The lake Erhai catchment, Yunnan Province, China.” Journal of Paleolimnology 40(1): 3-31.
  10. Archila, S., et al. (2021). “Dwelling the hill: Traces of increasing sedentism in hunter-gatherers societies at Checua site, Colombia (9500-5052 cal BP).” Quaternary International 578: 102-119.


Breakout activity

Different interdisciplinary groups of approximately 8 people will be formed and will discuss the central theme of the day for 40 minutes. Each group will have a moderator and rapporteur during the discussion and co-prepare a 5-minute intervention/summary with the rest of the group’s members (with or without slides) and the formulation of a question to the group of experts.