Meeting Report: Envirotech in Milan 2019

Lesser scholars might be stymied by coffee shortages and unlighted rooms, but not Envirotechies, who powered through some logistical challenges in Milan to gather both for the traditional Saturday morning breakfast and for a special Envirotech SIG Sunday Workshop. Mille grazie to Kellen Backer and Aleksandra Kobiljski for stepping up, in the absence of the SIG’s official conveners, to ensure that the breakfast and workshop went off smoothly.

At the Saturday breakfast, in addition to the usual round of introductions and passing of the hat, two awards were announced. The Joy Parr Travel Award was given to Nicole Welk-Joerger, who presented a paper at the conference on “Safety by Design: Silo Design in Twentieth-Century United States.” The Joel Tarr Article Prize was given to David Fedman for his article on ““The Ondol Problem and the Politics of Forest Conservation in Colonial Korea.” (Click here for the full Tarr award citation.)

The Sunday workshop featured a series of lightning presentations by Mara Dicenta, Johan Gärdebo, Dolly Jørgensen, Finn Arne Jørgensen, David Pretel, Jenny Leigh Smith, and Eric Hardy. Presentations were followed by a discussion about how to broaden Envirotech’s reach, improve communication, and facilitate participation by those who aren’t able to attend SHOT or ASEH meetings in person — all things we will be working on as Envirotech enters its 20th year. (Our new Twitter account is a first small step).

Click here for the full Sunday workshop program, and see below for a few snapshots from the event.