Climate Change and the Human Sciences

2:45–3:45 pm
St. Stephen's College


In this talk, Professor Chakrabarty will discuss the various responses that scholars in the social sciences have had to the phenomenon of anthropogenic climate change and will focus in particular on the social significance of debates on the idea of the Anthropocene, the proposed new name of the geological epoch we may be passing through.

About Professor Dipesh Chakarabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty holds a BSc (physics honors) degree from Presidency College, University of Calcutta, a postgraduate Diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta, and a PhD (history) from the Australian National University. He is currently the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. He is the faculty director, University of Chicago Center in Delhi, a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate of the Department of English, and by courtesy, a faculty member in the Law School. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a consulting editor of Critical Inquiry, a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies, and has served on the editorial boards of the American Historical Review and Public Culture. He also serves on the Board of Experts for non- Western art for the Humboldt Forum in Berlin and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Center for Global Cooperation Research (Bonn and Essen) since 2012. Chakrabarty is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Foundation Prize for his contributions to global history.

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