Members of the Case Western Reserve University community are invited to an “Anti-Racism, Anti-Colonialism and Climate Change” virtual speaker series event with Dipesh Chakrabarty, an influential postcolonial scholar, Thursday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Chakrabarty’s work is now canonical and he is considered a leading historian on the effects of planetary-scaled, anthropogenic, environmental change, such as global warming on the nature of the modern discipline of history. Chakrabarty has argued forcefully for how the epistemological limitations and discursive logic of Earth System Science should now inform how we tell the stories of ourselves in the academic discipline of history.
Ananya Dasgupta, assistant professor of history, will introduce Chakrabarty and offer remarks on context.
The online discussions of this series are meant to be serious, open to newcomers, warm, and thoughtful. The idea is to bring imaginative and probing thought to bear on the topic areas of the series, emphasizing what the humanities and social sciences can bring to how we think about global warming, and linking some of the most important social justice topics that affect Northeast Ohio to environmental change. Think of the series not as applied work, nor as policy advocacy, but as addressing upstream assumptions and uncovering wider context.
This event is sponsored by the Departments of Philosophy, History, Political Science; Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences; the environmental studies major; the Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Social Justice Institute; the Swetland Center for Environmental Health at the School of Medicine; and the dean’s office of the College of Arts and Sciences.