Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences Symposium

Friday, June 3
10:30 am - 6:00 pm

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This symposium convened humanists and social scientists from across the country to consider how climate change is transforming our understanding of history, politics, literature, and ethics, inspiring new approaches within the humanities. It was a culmination of the Neubauer Collegium project Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Hosted by Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Benjamin Morgan and Emily Osborn.

Co-sponsored by the Franke Institute for the Humanities and UChicago Urban.

Conference Agenda 

9:30am   Breakfast and coffee available

9:50am    Opening Remarks
Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Benjamin Morgan, Emily Lynn Osborn

10:00-11:20am Panel I: Provincializing the Anthropocene
   Moderator: Kathleen Morrison (Chicago)
Panelists: Elizabeth Chatterjee (Chicago), “The Asian Anthropocene”
Gabrielle Hecht (Michigan), “Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene”
Emily Lynn Osborn (Chicago), "West Africa and the Anthropocene:  Containers, Mobility and Fossil Fuels"

11:30am-12:30pm Keynote: Deborah Coen (Barnard), "Climate as Boundary Object in the History of the Natural and Human Sciences"
   Introduced by Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

12:30-1:30pm Lunch

1:30-2:45pm  Panel II: Philosophies and Histories of Climate Science
   Moderator: Fredrik Albritton Jonsson
Panelists: Paul Edwards (Michigan), "Too Much C-what? Carbon Accounting and Anthropocene Knowledge"
Greg Lusk (Chicago), “Who Should We Blame? The Merits of Extreme Weather Event Attribution”
Joseph Masco (Chicago), “Liquidating the Cold War in the Age of the Anthropocene”

2:45-3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15-4:15pm Roundtable: Disciplinary Challenges
Moderators: Michael Dango and Emily Lynn Osborn
Panelists: Joshua Howe (Reed), “Rethinking the Scales of the Anthropocene, or, A Hedgehog and a Fox Wander Into the Wilderness Through a Side Door”
Jason Kelly (IUPUI), "Fractured Anthropocenes and the Geological Fallacy"
Tobias Menely (UC Davis), “Anthropocene Reading”

4:15-4:45pm  Closing Remarks from Julia Adeney Thomas and Dipesh Chakrabarty
Introduced by Benjamin Morgan

4:45pm Reception

Participants Include:

Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago)
Elizabeth Chatterjee (Chicago)
Deborah Coen (Barnard)
Paul Edwards (Michigan)
Gabrielle Hecht (Michigan)
Joshua Howe (Reed)
Jason Kelly (IUPUI)
Greg Lusk (Chicago)
Joseph Masco (Chicago)
Tobias Menely (UC Davis)
Julia Adeney Thomas (Notre Dame)