30 September 2021

Talk: Understanding the Sea: A History of the Flagstaff Observatory for Geophysics, Magnetism and Nautical Science in Melbourne, 1858-1864. German Association for Australian Studies’ conference, “Australian Seascapes,” Trier Unviersity, Germany, 27 September-2 October 2021.

12 October 2021

Discussion: Dealing with disasters in past societies, together with Maïka De Keyzer (KU Leuven) at the  Cambridge Disaster Research Network ‘s seminar, Cambridge, UK.

You can find more information here.

20-21 November 2021

Talk: Von Island bis ins Wendland: Die Auswirkungen des Ausbruchs der Lakispalte 1783. Klimahistorische Konferenz im Wendland (Title TBA), 20-21 November 2021.

25 January 2022

Talk: Earthquakes in New England, 1600-1800: Extraordinary Natural Events Shine a Light on Timekeeping and Recordkeeping Practices in Early America. Environmental History Seminar at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

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13 September 2021

Keynote: The Laki Eruption of 1783 and Its Legacy. Combining Cultural History and Geology Approaches for Environmental History. Workshop, “Interdisciplinary and Mixed-Methods Approaches in Environmental History: Potentials and Challenges,” Aeschi near Spiez, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, 13-15 September 2021.

25 August 2021

Talk: Earthquakes and Timekeeping Practices in New England, 1600-1800. JCB Fellow’s Talk | John Carter Brown Library, Providence, RI, USA.

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7 July 2021

Invited speaker: Historical Catastrophe Studies – Historische Katastrophenforschung: A New Book Series for a Dynamic Field. International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK.

More information on this event can be found here.

You can watch a video of the event here.

1 July 2021

Pre-circulated paper: The Interdisciplinary Nature-Induced Disaster Index: Eldgjá, Laki, and How to Evaluate Historical Sources in an Interdisciplinary Framework (together with Stephan Ebert). Forschungskolleg Franken, Institut für Fränkische Landesgeschichte in Thurnau, Germany.

18 June 2021

Invited speaker: Icelandic Volcanism and Its Impacts on Europe: Lessons from the Past for the Future. Onine Brainstorming Workshop: Environmental History & Public Policy | Princeton- Max Planck Advisory Panel on Environmental History and Policy (EnvHist4P).

You can find the program here.

27 April 2021

Pre-circulated paper: The Interdisciplinary Nature-Induced Disaster Index: Eldgjá, Laki, and How to Evaluate Historical Sources in an Interdisciplinary Framework (together with Stephan Ebert). Prof. Dr. Gerrit Schenk’s Colloquium “Neues aus dem Mittelalter,” Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

25 November 2020

Roundtable discussion: Rivers in Colonial Times | Mesa redonda – Caminhos fluviais nos tempos coloniais. Conference “Seminário Amazônico de História e Natureza: Rios de Historia,” Brazil, 24-27 November 2020.

More information can be found here (in Portuguese).

You can watch the entire roundtable discussion here.

20 November 2020

Workshop: Blogging in der Praxis – Wie präsentiere ich meine Forschung oder meine beruflichen Projekte im Internet? Praxisbüro, Fakultät 13, LMU Munich, Germany.

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28-29 August 2020

Paper: Volcanic Pollution in the Summer of 1783 Impacted Human Health and Vegetation in Western Europe. At an online workshop “Flows, Histories, and Politics of Pollution in Europe (17th–20th century)” at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, Germany, organized by Andrei Vinogradov and Prof. Dr. Julia Herzberg.

16-19 June 2020

Paper:Die ganze Luft roch daselbst wie lauter Schwefel.” Luftverschmutzung und Vegetationsschäden in Europa im Sommer 1783 nach dem Ausbruch der Lakispalte auf Island. Summer university “Umweltgeschichte in Frankreich und Deutschland: aktuelle Probleme und Zukunftsperspektiven,” organized by the German Historical Institute Paris (DHIP/IHA) and tthe École des hautes études en sciences sociales (CHR-GRHEN) in Paris, France. (This summer university was postponed due to COVID-19).

4 June 2020

Talk: Aktive Vulkane, aktive Vorstellungskraft. Vier ‘Vulkanausbrüche’ in den Deutschen Territorien im Sommer 1783. Prof. Dr. Melanie Arndt’s Colloquium at the Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany.

8 May 2020

Workshop, prepared and conducted: Academic Blogging: How to Present Your Research Online. LMU Schreibzentrum, Munich, Germany.

Find the course description here.

10 January 2020

Guest lecture: The Imagination of Climate Change in the Past: An Example from Iceland. Dr. Katie Ritson’s Hauptseminar, “‘Klimakrise’ in Literatur und Film” at the Institut für Nordische Philologie, LMU Munich, Germany.

16 December 2019

Talk:  Merkwürdige Nebel, entsetzliche Donnerwetter, erschreckliche Erdbeben und feuerspeiende Berge in Europa im Sommer 1783. Eine Umweltgeschichte des Vulkanausbruchs der isländischen Lakispalte. Prof. Dr. Arndt Brendecke’s Colloquium (Oberseminar Frühe Neuzeit) at the Historisches Seminar, LMU Munich, Germany.

20-25 August 2019

Roundtable Discussion: Future Directions of Climate History. 10th Biennial European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.

13-16 April 2019

Talk: A Mist Connection: The Icelandic Laki Fissure Eruption of 1783. 4th VICS Meeting (Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society), University of Cambridge, England, UK.

26 October 2018

TalkThe Winter of 1783/1784 in Europe and North America. Little Ice Age Lessons Workshop, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA.

25-28 September 2018

Talk: “Also haben wir dennun in unserem lieben Deutschland auch einen feuerspeyenden Berg.” Der trockene Nebel von 1783 und die Vielfalt der zeitgenössischen Erklärungsversuche. Conference “Gespaltene Gesellschaften,” 52. Deutscher Historikertag, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.

26 June 2018

Talk: “A Violent Revolution of Planet Earth”: Geological Ideas and Extraordinary Phenomena in the Aftermath of the 1783 Laki Fissure Eruption in Prof. Dr. Anke Friedrich’s and Sara Carena’s Colloquium “Advanced Active Tectonics” at the LMU’s Geology Department, Munich, Germany.

25-27 May 2018

Talk: Discrepancy Between Contemporary Descriptions and Temperature Reconstructions: The Summer of 1783 in the German Territories. Conference “Societal and Environmental Change in Historical Perspective: Recent Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research,” Princeton University, New Jersey, USA.

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16 February 2018

Workshop, prepared and conducted: Academic Blogging. LMU Schreibzentrum, Munich, Germany.

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13 January 2018

Talk and Poster Presentation: Impacts of the Laki Fissure Eruption of 1783 on North America. 3rd VICS Meeting (Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society), Labratory of Tree-Ring Research, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA.

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17 October 2017

Invited Talk: Der Ausbruch der Lakispalte und die Geschichte der Geologie: Die lange Suche nach dem Ursprung des trockenen Nebels von 1783. Prof. Dr. Christian Rohr’s Colloquium at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

18 August 2017

Workshop: Communicating the Climate: How to Communicate Scholarly Findings on Climate and Weather in a Controversial Time, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany. Jointly organized and convened with Jeroen Oomen.

Here you can find the workshop’s program and a conference report.

18 July 2017

Discussion: Participating as a digital humanities specialist, giving students feedback on their digital exhibitions, Dr. Charlotte Lerg’s seminar “Digital History Project: The Cold War in Munich,” Amerikahaus, LMU Munich, Germany.

06 July 2017

Invited Talk: Klimageschichte und die Lakispalteneruption von 1783. Prof. Dr. Julia Herzberg’s Seminar “Kultur- und Wissensgeschichte des Klimas,” LMU Munich, Germany.

30 June 2017

Talk: A Volcanic Eruption Knows No Borders: The Laki Fissure Eruption and the Dry Fog of 1783. 9th Biennial European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference in Zagreb, Croatia.

25 May 2017

Pre-Circulated Paper: Lifting the Fog of Ignorance: Europe and the Laki Fissure Eruption of 1783. Knowing Nature: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge at the Renmin University of China, Beijing, China.

10 May 2017

Talk: Lifting the Fog of Ignorance: The Icelandic Laki Fissure Eruption of 1783. 5th PAGES OSM (Past Global Changes – Open Science Meeting) in Zaragoza, Spain.

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27 May 2016

Talk: A Strategy to Cope with Extreme Weather: The Gleichberg and Cottaberg “Eruptions” of 1783. Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland Conference “Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change” at the British Museum, London, UK.

24 February 2016

Talk: Volcanic Eruptions and Cultures: A History of the Icelandic Laki Fissure Eruption of 1783. Doktorandentag, Rachel Carson Center / LMU Munich, Germany.

17 February 2016

Talk: Geology Meets History. An Environmental History of the Laki Fissure Eruption (1783). Geological Mapping Course for Geology Bachelor Students / Environmental Geology Field Trip in Las Negras/Almeria, Spain.

05 November 2015

Talk: The Laki Fissure Eruption and Strange Weather Phenomena in the German Territories in the Summer of 1783. 4th CITCEM Conference in Porto, Portugal.

18 September 2015

Talk: The Gleichberg “Eruption” of 1783 Revisited. Science and Technology Studies Workshop, University College Freiburg, Germany.

03 July 2015

Talk and Poster Presentation: The Laki Eruption and Strange Weather Phenomena in the German Territories in the Summer of 1783. 8th Biennial European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) Conference in Versailles, France.

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29 January 2014

Talk: The Laki Fissure Eruption and the Dry Fog of 1783: A Nature-Induced Disaster Event During the Little Ice Age. Lipphardt Group Seminar Series, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Germany.

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