Tangled in knots: pasts, presents and futures of the Environmental Humanities
– Conversation with Dipesh Chakrabarty
Based on Dipesh Chakrabarty’s distinguished and wide-ranging scholarship, this conversation will explore three main conceptual knots of the environmental humanities and reflect on ongoing and future developments of the field. We will discuss how the relationship between the realms of science and humanities has changed over the last decades and how can we construct a more pluralistic approach to societal issues around the environment; how such a pluralistic approach entails a real decolonization of our systems of knowledge; how we can critically engage with the concept of the Anthropocene and make room for even alternatives rather than subalternities.
Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. 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.
His latest book, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age, is in press (The University of Chicago Press, expected publication date March 2021). His last two books are: The Crises of Civilization: Exploring Global and Planetary Histories (2018) and The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth (2015).