About this Project

2015 – 2017

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 brought together faculty and graduate students from across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in a reading group. We were 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 also considered how climate change is transforming our understanding of history, politics, literature, and ethics, inspiring new approaches within the humanities.

Photo: Olafur Eliasson


On Teaching the Anthropocene

May 30, 2017

A Europe Now Q&A with Michael Dango, Fredrik Albritton Jonsson, Benjamin Morgan, and Emily Lynn Osborn, investigators on the Climate Change: Disciplinary Challenges to the Humanities and the Social Sciences research project. 

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. 


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