One of the main questions that this lecture addressed was whether the phenomenon of global warming challenges some of the main narratives or themes of human history that have dominated discussions in the humanities since the end of the Second World War: decolonization, development, the legacies of European empires, globalization, and the rise of postcolonial thinking.
Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is an Affiliate Faculty of the English Department and a resource faculty for Comparative Literature. He is also a Faculty Fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory. Chakrabarty holds a visiting professorial fellowship at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University, and an honorary professorial fellowship with the School of Historical Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He also serves on the Board of Experts for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin. His publications include Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (1989, 2000); Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000, 2007); Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (2002).
The Climate Question
Chakrabarty’s IWM Lectures in Human Sciences addressed the anthropogenic climate change and its implications for historical and political thinking.
Lecture II: Climate Change and the Question of Scale in Human Affairs
Lecture III: Climate and the Human Condition