Conveners

Valentin Quintus Nicolescu
Valentin Quintus Nicolescu (Ph.D. in Political Science) is a lecturer at “Nicolae Titulescu” University in Bucharest and invited lecturer at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration (NSPSPA), Bucharest. He is also president of the Center for the Study of Political Ideas (CeSIP) and a member of the Nature & Nation Network since 2010. His research focuses on the symbolic use of nature in the construction of the Romanian concept of nation and in Romanian nationalist thought.

Marco Armiero
Marco Armiero (Ph.D. in Economic History) is a Senior Researcher at the National Research Council, Italy and a Marie Curie Fellow at the Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technologies, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He has been among the founders of the environmental history field in Italy, authoring, among other things, the first Italian textbook on the subject. His edited book “Nature and History in Modern Italy” and his book “A Rugged Nation: Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy”have been published recently, respectively by the Ohio University Press and the White Horse Press. iIn the last few years he has been working at the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at University of California at Berkeley, and the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University.

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg
Wilko Graf von Hardenberg (Ph.D. in Geography) is Digital Humanities Research Specialist at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, sessional lecturer in digital history at the Università di Trento and associated researcher at the Laboratorio di Storia Alpina – Labisalp of the Università della Svizzera Italiana. In the past he has also been a postgraduate fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa. His research focuses on the social history of the environment in Italy and the alpine range, with a particular interest for conflicts about rights to access resources, the history of nature conservation and symbolic/rhetoric uses of nature. He is currently working on transforming his doctoral dissertation on environmental legislation and conflicts in Fascist Italy into a book.