Undoing the discipline: History in the time of climate crisis and COVID-19

Iva Pesa, Amanda Power, Eiko Honda

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    COVID-19 gives a fresh urgency to research
    trajectories around climate and environment in historical
    research. We use examples from African, Japanese, and
    medieval European environmental history to chart new ways
    to mobilise collaborative research into the planetary past in
    academic and public discussions. Our main points are, first,
    that COVID-19 has underlined the entanglements between
    human and planetary life, which historians must better
    account for. Secondly, it is pertinent to decentre knowledge
    production. COVID-19 and climate crisis are both global
    phenomena. Yet patterns of knowledge production that
    propose ‘universal’ frameworks and solutions obscure highly
    unequal power relations. We call for more plural histories –
    in time, space, and species – to confront the complex crises
    of our times.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)33-44
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal for the History of Environment and Society
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7-Dec-2020

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