Beyond Capital: Climate Change and the Problem of Scale in Human History

University of Chicago Historian, Prof. Dipesh Chakrabarty talks on certain rifts in the literature on climate change to demonstrate the role that the problem of scale plays in making the phenomenon of global warming into a human predicament.

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. He is also a faculty fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory, an associate faculty of the Department of English, and holds a visiting professorial fellowship at the Research School of Humanities at the Australian National University. He is a founding member of the editorial collective of Subaltern Studies, a co-editor of Critical Inquiry, and a founding editor of Postcolonial Studies.

Professor Chakrabarty has recently completed writing a book titled, The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and the Birth of a Discipline in Colonial India (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, forthcoming 2014). He is currently engaged in completing another book, provisionally entitled The Climate of History: Four Theses to be published by the University of Chicago Press. The Duke University Press is publishing a collection of his essays, entitled History and the Time of the Present. His other publications include Rethinking Working-Class History: Bengal 1890-1940 (Princeton: 1989, 2000); Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton, 2000; second edition, 2007); and Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Wake of Subaltern Studies (Chicago, 2002).

Co-presented by the Center for South Asia Studies with The Program in Critical Theory

Video recording of the event can be found here.