The Climate of History in a Planetary Age

MWP Multidisciplinary Research Workshop: Envisioning the Global South(s)

Add to calendar 2021-05-14 17:00 2021-05-14 18:00 Europe/Paris The Climate of History in a Planetary Age Online via Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


14 May 2021

17:00 - 18:00 CEST



via Zoom

Maria Gago interviews Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago). The discussion will center around the interviewee's book "The Climate of History in a Planetary Age".

For the past decade, historian Dipesh Chakrabarty has been one of the most influential scholars addressing the meaning of climate change. Climate change, he argues, upends long-standing ideas of history, modernity, and globalization. The burden of The Climate of History in a Planetary Age is to grapple with what this means and to confront humanities scholars with ideas they have been reluctant to reconsider—from the changed nature of human agency to a new acceptance of universals.

Chakrabarty argues that we must see ourselves from two perspectives at once: the planetary and the global. This distinction is central to Chakrabarty’s work—the globe is a human-centric construction, while a planetary perspective intentionally de-centers the human. Featuring wide-ranging excursions into historical and philosophical literatures, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age boldly considers how to frame the human condition in troubled times.

About the Workshop: 

This multidisciplinary workshop aims at exploring strategies, processes and narratives through which Western gazes have contributed to the creation and making of the Global South. The workshop critically examines the ways in which knowledge is produced on Asian, African, Middle East and Latin American regions. It does so to look at the social, environmental, political, legal premises and consequences of those views. The contributors reflect on many of the questionable policies and practices born of these imaginaries and related histories that have been utilized in the regions since the colonial period. They further reveal how power, in the form of development programs, notions of nationalism, expert knowledge, landscape transformation and human right discourses, for instance, relates to Western and European-originated knowledge production systems.

The Zoom link will be provided following registration.


Pia Dittmar


Maria Gago (EUI)


Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago)

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