Does the climate crisis indicate a fundamental change in the human condition, as described and analyzed by Hannah Arendt in her book of that name? The third lecture will close the series with some reflections on this question and by responding to the work of Bruno Latour and others on the issue of human agency in the so-called epoch of the Anthropocene.
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 II: Climate Change and the Question of Scale in Human Affairs