The Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Article Prize

In association with SHOT, Envirotech has established the Joel A. Tarr Envirotech Prize to recognize the best article, published in either a journal or edited volume, on the relationship between technology and the environment in history. The prize is named in honor of the eminent U.S. historian of urban environments and technologies Joel A. Tarr.

Award roughly every eighteen months (alternating between SHOT and ASEH conferences), the prize recognizes innovative publications that explore new ways of thinking about the interplay between technological systems and the natural environment. Younger scholars are especially encouraged to submit their publications. Articles may be submitted in any language; however, for articles not written in English, the applicant will need to provide a translation. The winner receives a $350 award.

Envirotech will announce the next winner of the Joel A. Tarr Article Prize at the 2019 meeting of SHOT in Milan. Papers published between October 1, 2017, and March 31, 2019 are eligible. Nominations should be submitted along with a 1-page CV (Word or PDF) to envirotechtarrprize@gmail.com by June 15, 2019.

Previous winners

2017 – Camille Lyans Cole, “Precarious Empires: A Social and Environmental History of Steam Navigation on the Tigris,” Journal of Social History 50 (2016): 74-101. (read citation)

2015 – Etienne Benson, “Generating Infrastructural Invisibility: Insulation, Interconnection, and Avian Excrement in the Southern California Power Grid,” Environmental Humanities 6 (2015): 103-130.

2014 – Andrew Denning, “From Sublime Landscapes to ‘White Gold’: How Skiing Transformed the Alps after 1930,” Environmental History 19 (2014): 78-108. (read citation)

2013 – Ashley Carse, “Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed,” Social Studies of Science 42 (2012): 539-563. (read citation)

2011 – Christopher F. Jones, “A Landscape of Energy Abundance: Anthracite Coal Canals and the Roots of American Fossil Fuel Dependence, 1820-1860,” Environmental History 15 (July 2010): 449-484. (read citation)

2009 – Robert Gardner, “Constructing a Technological Forest: Nature, Culture, and Tree-Planting in the Nebraska Sand Hills,” Environmental History 14 (April 2009): 275-297. (read citation)

2008 – Paul Sutter, “Nature’s Agents or Agents of Empire? Entomological Workers and Environmental Change during the Construction of the Panama Canal,” Isis 98 (2007): 724-754. (read citation)

2007 – Joe Anderson, “War on Weeds: Iowa Farmers and Growth Regulator Herbicides,” Technology & Culture 46.4 (October 2005): 719-744.

2005 – Sara Pritchard, “Reconstructing the Rhone: The Cultural Politics of Nature and Nation in Contemporary France, 1945-1997,” French Historical Studies 27.4 (Fall 2004): 765-799 and Roger Horowitz, “Making the Chicken of Tomorrow,” in Industrializing Organisms (Routledge, 2003).

2004 – Jessica B. Teisch, “Great Western Power, ‘White Coal,’ and Industrial Capitalism in the West,” Pacific Historical Review 70 (May 2001): 221-253.