British Association for South Asian Studies

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06 January 2018

Event: The Challenge of the Anthropocene

I would like to invite you to a British Academy’s event: “Global Perspectives: How Earth History Comes Into World History – The Challenge of the Anthropocene”, which will take place on Tuesday 13 March 2018, from 6.30pm to 8pm, in London (10-11 Carlton House Terrace, SW1Y 5AH).

The speaker will be Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty, Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilisations at the University of Chicago. The event will be chaired by the British Academy’s President, Sir David Cannadine, Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University and Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Historians of human institutions and practices have had good reasons for not concerning themselves with the deeper histories of geological and biological events on the planet. This situation has begun to change, however, with recent debates on the Anthropocene - the proposed name of new geological epoch in which humans collectively act as a geophysical force - seeing humanists and scientists name different periods in the history of the modern world as constituting the "beginning" of the epoch. This talk will suggest that, irrespective of how the debate gets settled, it helps us to see small and big events in world history from new perspectives.

The event is free of charge, but if you plan to attend, please register using the link below