In association with SHOT, Envirotech has established the Joel A. TarrEnvirotech Prize to recognize the best article, published in either a journal or edited volume, on the relationship between technology and the environment in history. We are particularly seeking innovative publications that explore new ways of thinking about the interplay between technological systems and the natural environment. Articles may be submitted in any language; however, for articles not written in English, the applicant will need to provide a translation. Younger scholars are especially encouraged to submit their publications.
The prize is given out every year and a half (alternating between SHOT and ASEH conferences). The winner receives a $350 award. Envirotech will next offer the Joel A. Tarr Article Prize at the 2014 SHOT Conference. Papers published between November 1, 2013 and June 15, 2014 will be eligible. The call for applications can be found here.
2013 – Ashley Carse, “Nature as Infrastructure: Making and Managing the Panama Canal Watershed,” Social Studies of Science 42 (2012): 539-563.
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.
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.