What should historians do in the next decade of the climate crisis?

Date / time
1 June, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


What should historians do in the next decade of the climate crisis?

A panel discussion with Andreas Malm (Lund), Julia Adeney Thomas (Notre Dame), and Ling Zhang (Boston College).

In the run-up to the UN climate change conference in Glasgow this November, much attention is focused on the political and social adaptations needed to address the climate crisis. Going into and beyond that however, there are also questions for historians and the discipline of history. From activism, to reparative climate justice, to the shape of the wider historical narratives we offer, historians too face a question about what we should do in the next decade of the climate crisis.We’re delighted to close this first year of seminars with a wonderful panel of environmental historians and analysts to discuss this question.

  • Andreas Malm is Senior Lecturer in Human Ecology at the University of Lund, and author most recently of How to Blow Up a Pipeline: Learning to Fight in a World on Fire.
  • Julia Adeney Thomas is Associate Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame, and co-author most recently of The Anthropocene: A Multidisciplinary Approach.
  • Ling Zhang is Associate Professor of History at Boston College, and author of The River, the Plain, and the State: An Environmental Drama in Northern Song China, 1048-1128.

This seminar is part of the Anthropocene Histories Partnership Seminar Series between the IHR and UCL Anthropocene https://www.history.ac.uk/partnership-seminars/anthropocene-histories