Call for papers: Water History Conference

IWHA Conference – Montpellier, France

The International Water History Association holds its next conference in Montpellier, southern France between June 25 and 29, 2013.The conference itself will take place from 26 to 28 June 2013 in the Pierres Vives archival building of the Conseil General de l’Herault, whose support is kindly acknowledged.

Abstracts and sessions

The program committee welcomes abstracts for individual papers as well as proposals for complete sessions. Session proposals should include either 1) three papers and a commentator or 2) four papers; the inclusion of a session chair is encouraged. Proposals for double sessions will also be accepted. We seek papers on all aspects of water history, from rivers to drops, from seas to mountain lakes, from technologies to cultures. Having said that, submissions on three topics are encouraged:

  • Archival sources – as the conference is hosted in Pierrevives
  • Irrigation – as Montpellier is surrounded by and is famous for its irrigation
  • Cooperation – as 2013 is the UN International Year of Water Cooperation

Submission process for abstracts and sessions

  • All abstracts, both for individual papers and those proposed for sessions, will be reviewed by the program committee.  Paper abstracts should not exceed 300 words.
  • Individual abstracts should be submitted by the main author.
  • Complete session proposals should contain the session title, a 100-word description of the session, names, affiliations, and contact information of presenters, commentators, and chair, and titles and abstracts for all the papers. Session proposals should be submitted by the session organizer.

Send session and abstract proposals to

Time schedule

  • Abstracts and sessions can be submitted between October 1st 2012 and December 31st2012.
  • Decisions on acceptance are foreseen to be available on March 1st 2013.
  • The final conference program will be available on May 1st 2013. To appear on the program, presenters with accepted abstracts need to register before April 1st 2013.

Practical information

More detailed information on fees and other practical issues will become available soon. But reserve the last week of June in 2013 for Montpellier!

On June 25, a trip to the fascinating site of Montady, a 13th century radioconcentric drainage project, will be on offer for those who arrive early.

On the night of June 28, the conference dinner will be held in Chateau de Bocaud, the city of Jacou, near the old noria, which has just been restored by the municipality.

On June 27, IWHA will invite the public of Montpellier to hear our work on water history.

For those who want to go on, Saturday June 29 will be a day for others possible visits in the region.