Dipesh Chakrabarty - "The Climate of History in a Planetary Age" - Elizabeth Chatterjee, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, and Emily Lynn Osborn

Friday, April 23, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Event Presenter/Author: 
Dipesh Chakrabarty

Dipesh Chakrabarty will discuss The Climate of History in a Planetary Age. He will be joined in conversation by Elizabeth Chatterjee, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, and Emily Lynn Osborn.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, and the University of Chicago Press.

Virtual event


About the book: “The idea of anthropogenic and planetary climate change does not face much academic challenge these days, but the idea of the Anthropocene has been much debated by both scientists and humanist scholars,” Dipesh Chakrabarty writes in his new book, The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (University of Chicago Press, 2021). Chakrabarty explores how climate change upends long-standing ideas of history, modernity, and globalization. To fully understand the present moment, he argues, we must make a conceptual shift in the way we orient ourselves to both the global, a human-centric construction, and to “a new historical-philosophical entity called the planet,” which intentionally decenters the human.

About the author: Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is the recipient of the 2014 Toynbee Prize, which is given to a distinguished practitioner of global history.

About Elizabeth Chatterjee: Elizabeth Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of Environmental History and the College. 

About Fredrik Albritton Jonsson: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson is Associate Professor, Department of History and the College.

About Emily Lynn Osborn: Emily Lynn Osborn is Associate Professor of African History, African Studies, and the College.