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Executive Council of the International Water History Association

The International Water History Association (IWHA) seeks self-nominations from individuals interesting in running for positions on its Executive Council. The Executive Council is the governing body of the Association, managing its business, assets, and activities. Elections will be held in summer 2019. Newly elected members will begin their terms mid-August 2019.
The Association will be holding elections for the following positions:
For more about these positions, see the IWHA website:
Candidates wishing to run for a position must meet two of the following requirements:
    1. Involvement in at least one IWHA conference. 2. Experience researching and/or publishing in the field of water history. Involvement in the IWHA journal of Water History (as a reviewer, author, editor) is a plus. 3. Active in relevant scholarly networks (water history or water studies, environmental history, water policy, etc.).
If you wish to run for a position, please send a self-nomination to Dr. David Pietz (, Nominations Committee member, no later than July 1, 2019. Be sure to include the following:
    1. A short bio with your name and affiliation 2. A 200-word statement explaining your interest in the position, your background, qualifications, and how you meet at least two (2) of the above requirements. This statement will appear on the election ballot and will serve to inform voters about you.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
With thanks,
The IWHA Nominating Committee



2019 Water History Conference in Florianopolis, Brazil

The Water History conference of the International Water History Association (IWHA) in Florianópolis, Brazil, July 2019 will once again provide a platform to exchange and develop insights about the history of our most precious resource.
Our IWHA conference will feature in the 3rd World Congress of Environmental History, co-organized by the Universidade Federal De Santa Catarina and the International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations (ICEHO), of which the IWHA is a proud member. Joining forces with the World Congress offers the opportunity for water historians to share their research with scholars working on environmental history more broadly, and to find new and productive intersections for further work.
The theme of the World Congress is Convergences: The Global South and the Global North in the Era of Great Acceleration, and we encourage past, present and potential IWHA members to submit proposals for panels or individual papers that speak to this theme in a variety of ways. In order to ensure a strong and visible IWHA presence at the World Congress, we invite members to submit their proposals to the IWHA by Tuesday July 31, 2018.


The 2019 Water History conference will be held from Monday July 22 to Friday July 26, 2019, in conjunction with the World Congress.
For more information about the World Congress and travelling to Florianópolis, please visit the World Congress webpage.
For more information about the Water History Conference, please contact your IWHA Executive.

*Please note that the Program Committee for the World Congress will determine which proposals are accepted, not the IWHA.

Journal of Water History

The International Water History Association (IWHA) is proud to have its own journal, Water History.

Water History welcomes articles from such fields and perspectives as environmental history, urban history, the history of technology, archaeology, cultural studies, management studies, engineering, geography, agricultural history, and the sciences. Though we encourage submissions that are relevant to today’s concerns, the journal’s core mission is to study the past, not the present. Articles should primarily relate to the history of water and the way that it has affected both human history and other aspects of the natural world. Excited? Submit online!

For further questions, please contact one of the editors:


Ellen Arnold

Ohio Wesleyan University



Maurits W. Ertsen
Water Resources Management
Delft University of Technology