Why is the environment a topic of global concern? Can we read the history of globalization as one of increasing competition for natural resources such as coal, food and energy? Can we say that climate change is a recent problem? How important are the environment and climatic conditions in shaping people’s lives? Which tools do states and international organisations use to address issues of resources and global climate?
1. Key Readings
Dipesh Chakrabarty, ‘The Human Condition in the Anthropocene’: The Tanner Lectures in Human Values. Lecture 1. Climate Change as Epochal Consciousness. https://tannerlectures.utah.edu/Chakrabarty%20manuscript.pdf
Julia Adeney Thomas, “History and Biology in the Anthropocene: Problems of Scale, Problems of Value,” American Historical Review (December 2014): 1557–88.
2. Climate, Energy and Resources
3. Climate on the Media
During week 6, check TV, newspapers, internet and other media and find out whether the environment, resources and the climate feature among current events, discussion etc. Is any space given to historical understanding? And what kind of notion of ‘the global’ or ‘globalisation’ is conveyed by the media? You can work in pairs. Share the materials on the Forum and present what you’ve found during the seminar.