About this Project

The problem of climate change forces us to rethink many of the basic analytical categories in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. Within the humanities, writers and artists are experimenting with new ways in which their practices can catalyze environmental awareness, and emerging research is beginning to integrate the history of culture with the history of the earth’s climate.

This project will bring together faculty and graduate students from across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in a reading group. We are especially interested in the place of the humanities in meeting the challenge of climate change. How might humanistic perspectives inform the science and politics of climate change? We will also consider how climate change is transforming our understanding of history, politics, literature, and ethics, inspiring new approaches within the humanities.

Photo: Olafur Eliasson


Can the Great Lakes Be Saved?

March 26, 2017

In this essay for the Los Angeles Review of Books, Faculty Fellow Fredrik Albritton Jonsson (Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and the Social Sciences) reviews and considers The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. 

Argonne researchers work to improve how we predict climate change

March 18, 2016

At Argonne National Laboratory, two scientists work on simulations and techniques to project what the climate will look like 100 years from now. 

New Neubauer Collegium projects to explore complex human questions

February 9, 2016

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has selected 12 new collaborative research projects that unite leading scholars from the University of Chicago and beyond to explore novel approaches to complex human questions.

-- UChicago News by Susie Allen


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