Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College
In conversation with:
Assistant Professor of Environmental History and the College
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
Associate Professor, Department of History and the College
Emily Lynn Osborn
Associate Professor, Department of History and the College; Interim Dean, Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
“The idea of anthropogenic and planetary climate change does not face much academic challenge these days, but the idea of the Anthropocene has been much debated by both scientists and humanist scholars,” Dipesh Chakrabarty writes in his new book, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (University of Chicago Press, 2021). To fully understand the present moment, he argues, we must make a conceptual shift in the way we orient ourselves to both the global, a human-centric construction, and to “a new historical-philosophical entity called the planet,” which intentionally decenters the human. At this event, Chakrabarty will join a panel of scholars at the forefront of exploring the implications of the Anthropocene framework for historical research to consider how climate change upends long-standing ideas of history, modernity, and globalization.
This event is co-sponsored by the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the Seminary Co-op Bookstores, the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, and the University of Chicago Press, and organized as part of the University of Chicago’s Environmental Research and Sustainability initiative.