Journal of the British Academy explores historical perspectives on environment in new special issue

30 Sep 2021

A special issue of the open-access Journal of the British Academy on Environmental History is published today, featuring new research into historical dimensions of the Anthropocene, ecological resilience, environmental protection, climate politics and more.

The Journal of the British Academy draws on new multi-disciplinary research from the humanities and social sciences. Today’s new special issue includes three articles:

The issue is part of the ongoing series highlighting the complex human and social dimensions of the climate crisis ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference summit in Glasgow.

Professor Simon Goldhill FBA, Foreign Secretary of the British Academy, said:

“This series of special issues is intended to invite further thought-provoking approaches to climate policymaking from the breadth and depth of research in the SHAPE disciplines (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts). These disciplines add considerable depth and nuance to the conversations and assumptions that form the backdrop of climate policy.

“Environmental history helps us draw the connection between climate action and the modern and ancient circumstances that shape it or have the potential to influence it in future. With outstanding research, as this issue shows, we can find vital ideas and insights contained in daily practices, sacred beliefs, indigenous knowledge, and other evidence from ancient and modern history.”

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