The climate crisis leads us to think of our times as characterized by the coming together of three very different kinds of histories that are usually separated by scale, causation and methods of research: the natural history of the Eearth, the history of life on this planet including that of humanity as a dominant species, and the much more short-term and recent history of industrial civilization or capitalism. This lecture will seek to draw out some implications of this planetary conjuncture for how we think about human history, going forward.
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 will address anthropogenic climate change and its implications for historical and political thinking.
Lecture I: Between Globalization and Global Warming: Towards a History of the Present
Lecture III: Climate and the Human Condition