CANCELLED - Global Perspectives: How Earth history comes into world history - The challenge of the Anthropocene

Tue 13 Mar 2018, 18:30 - 20:00

The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Due to unforeseen circumstances we have unfortunately had to cancel this event. There are no plans to reschedule the event at this time. 


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 suggests that, irrespective of how the debate gets settled, it helps us to see small and big events in world history from new perspectives.  

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty 
Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilisations, University of Chicago

Professor Sir David Cannadine PBA 
Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University; Editor, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography; Visiting Professor, University of Oxford

This event is made possible due to generous support from the S T Lee Fund.

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Image credit: Alan Thomas, University of Chicago Press

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