Wednesday 03 October 2018, 08:30 – Thursday 04 October 2018, 18:30

Environmental History as if the Future Mattered: Writing the History and the Future of the Anthropocene

Pierre du Bois Annual Conference

Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Maison de la paix, Geneva

How does Environmental History help us understand the past, expand how we explain the present, and what might it tell us about the future? Environmental history deploys the insights from the “natural archive” – climate change, volcanism, biotic shifts and human transformations of the planet for understanding events and insight into processes described in human archives. Did drought trigger the Arab Spring? Did poor harvests animate the French Revolution? From uprisings to erosion of empires, environmental changes are increasingly used as elements and amplifiers in historical explanation.

The 2018 Pierre du Bois Annual Conference brings together distinguished scholars from international history, archeology, historical ecology, anthropology, paleoclimatology, literature, geography to explore what past dynamics and the roots of present processes might tell us about the future.

The programme is available to view here, while the background note is here.

Organised by Professor Susanna Hecht and the Department of International History in partnership with the Pierre du Bois Foundation.

Image: Typhoon2013Tropical Storm Kai-tak (32W) off eastern Philippines on December 16, 2017. NASA, MODIS / LANCE [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.