Reasearch Colloquium: Climate Change, Food and Human Sustainability. Taking applications now.

“Climate Change, Food, and Human Sustainability”

The 2016 CrossCurrents / Auburn Research Colloquium will be held in July in New York City. Research fellows work on a research or writing project related to the theme of “Climate Change, Food, and Human Sustainability,” with access to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University, Union, Auburn, and Jewish Theological Seminaries.

Re: Re: St. Clair on Brecher, 'Climate Insurgency: A Strategy for Survival'

I have been enjoying (gloomily) the exchange between Peter St Clair and Jeremy Brecher on capitalism and climate change. Although I find that St Clair's last response hit the essential nail on the head, I'm provoked to comment by Brecher's argument, against the idea that capitalism cannot manage to counter climate change, that "it would have been (and indeed was) easy to argue that the abolition of slavery or the organization of workers into powerful unions was incompatible with capitalism." These are odd choices.

getting beyond "the tyranny of the text": an interview with John R. McNeill

In response to Christoph's call for examples, I have already announced on H-World my blog post, "Teaching the New Paradigm in Black Death Studies" (http://arc-medieval.blogspot.de/2015/08/teaching-new-paradigm-in-black-death.html). I have been reading and engaging with scientific work on plague and leprosy for over a decade because, as a historian of the medieval world, those are the two diseases that most profoundly affected medieval European and Mediterranean society.

TOC for Change Over Time: Climate Change and Landscape Preservation

Following is the Table of Contents for the latest issue of Change Over Time - Fall 2015, Volume 5.2 (http://cot.pennpress.org/home/) published by University of Pennsylvania Press. This issue has a special focus on landscap preservation.

Best regards,
Paul Chase

 

Introduction: Climate Change and Landscape Preservation: Rethinking Our Strategies

getting beyond "the tyranny of the text": an interview with John R. McNeill

In the interview Prof. McNeill talks about combining “archives with geo-archives and bio-archives.” He argues “that historians would do well to embrace the evidence coming from the natural sciences, as archeologists have long done, and recognize that the tyranny of the text must end. After all, there is a lot of accident in what happens to get written down and what writing survives.

New Republic on Cli-Fi Utopias

Utopists,

You may be interested in the current issue of The New Republic, which has a story about a shift in cli-fi from dystopianism to utopianism. Not sure I agree with the premise entirely, but you can read for yourself here:

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/123217/new-utopians

Enjoyed seeing many of you in Pittsburgh; stay tuned for the CFP for 2016 in Florida!

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