Climate History: Rediscovering the Socionatural. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

How have past societies dealt with climate change? Dominik Collet talks about new approaches in the emerging field of climate history.

Illustration of the climate anomaly of the 1770s. Historical shooting target (detail), Fuerth, Germany, 1772
Illustration of the climate anomaly of the 1770s. Historical shooting target (detail), Fuerth, Germany, 1772. Copyright: KPSG Fuerth.

Global warming has sparked new interest in the way past societies dealt with changes in climate. However, much of the rich experience of historical climate changes remains unexplored due to disciplinary constraints. This talk will explore new approaches in the emerging field of climate history. It will investigate how we can integrate the ‘archives’ of nature and society in order to investigate how earlier societies socialised extreme climate events.

Dominik Collet is professor for Environmental and Climate History. He works in the fields of historical climatology, the history of disasters and the global history of things. He is a working group member of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities. His current research focuses on the historical entanglements of climate and culture both in their material and in their mental configurations. 

Before coming to Oslo he taught at the Universities of Heidelberg and Göttingen. He has held visiting fellowships at the Max-Planck-Institute for History, the Warburg Institute London, the Forschungszentrum Gotha and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) Bielefeld.

About the event

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We will invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Environment
Published Nov. 5, 2019 3:41 PM - Last modified Nov. 5, 2019 3:52 PM