ISSN: 2038-0925

Section The environment of history




The environment of history is a space in the journal «Diacronie. Rivista di Storia Contemporanea» intended to reflect in a historical perspective on one of the most characterizing themes of recent years, the environmental issue. Environmental history, and in general the link between the humanities and the environment, as fields are quite established and also growing in Italy. This section aims to revitalize the academic debate on the history of the environment that was inaugurated in the Italian journal «I frutti di Demetra», the first Italian journal dedicated to this discipline, published between 2004 and 2007.
The title of the section The environment of history recalls the title of a well-known essay by Dipesh Chakrabarty, «The Climate of History», which has contributed in decentralizing the scholarly debate and in incorporating the material and cultural effects of climate change as constitutive elements of a truly contemporary knowledge of the past.
In this space we wish to host contributions that approach environmental history from a wide spectrum of interpretations. We welcome approaches based on its most classical meaning, as a historical discipline that investigates the relationship between humans and the environment and combines different disciplinary fields, and approaches that foreground new themes, scales of analysis and methodologies. Here we want also to create an experimental space in which points of view are explored which reread historical phenomena in an innovative way starting from the non-human, the material dimension of the physical environment, imaginaries linked to ecological elements, conflicts over the use of natural resources, the dialogue with different humanistic disciplines and with an openness to the history of science and technology.
We will consider different types of contributions (essays, reviews, interviews, video interviews) that creatively and critically combine the link between history and environment (including the urban environment).

We encourage all those interested to submit their proposals by sending an abstract of maximum 1500 characters to the editorial office address:

Submissions must be between 35000 and 50000 characters (including spaces and notes) and can be written in Italian, English, French, Spanish and Portuguese (submissions in the latter language will be translated by the editorial staff).

Roberta Biasillo (Utrecht University)
Elisa Tizzoni (CNR)
Wilko Graf von Hardenberg (Humboldt Universität di Berlino)
Each proposal will be evaluated by the Editors.


Articles must not have been simultaneously submitted to another journal, nor previously published. Please do not submit a manuscript that is under consideration elsewhere.
The article will be published by Diacronie under a Creative Commons licence.



A summary of between 500 and 800 characters (including spaces) is mandatory. The abstract must be written in the language in which the article was originally written and in English. Any translation into other languages is optional but appreciated. The summary must also be accompanied by a list of 5 keywords, in the original language and in English.


Each submission must be accompanied by a brief biography of the author (maximum 500 characters), specifying his/her professional or institutional affiliation, his or her publications (if any) and primary research fields.
This will be inserted into the article when it is published.



Articles should be submitted to the journal, as an email attachment, in .doc, .docx or .odt format.

The essay file must be structured as follows:

  • body of the text: Georgia 11, line spacing 1.5;
  • paragraph headings: numbered (1., 2., 3., …), Georgia 12, 1.5 spacing, bold;
  • paragraph subheadings: numbered (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, …), Georgia 11, spacing 1.5, bold;
  • quotations: Georgia 10, spacing 1.5, indented 1 cm right and 1 cm left;
  • footnotes: Georgia 10, justified, with sequential numbering.



Should an author wish to include images in an article, it is up to the author to obtain the copyright of these images. The integration of iconographic material in articles is conditional on obtaining the necessary authorisations for publication: in the absence of such authorisations, the images cannot be published.

The selection of the images used to present the article – on the journal’s pages – is an exclusive responsibility of the editorial staff.


Bibliographical Guidelines

See Editorial and Bibliographical Guidelines.

The conformity of the text to the bibliographic standards is the author’s responsibility.

The work of editing is a professional activity in itself, which requires the expertise and time of the editors. Editors are only available to take on editorial work in exchange for a donation in support of Diacronie’s activities. Donations will be used solely to develop the journal’s projects and will be publicly accounted for on the website.