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From Anthropocene Historiography to a New Understanding of The Present Ecocrisis

Postdoc-colleague Adam Wickberg has published a new article with the title “Reconfiguring Temporality in the Anthropocene. Coloniality and the Political Ecocrisis”. It is available in Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities.

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Adam introduces his text as follows:

“Decolonial History and Ecopolitical Resistance

In this article, I will argue for the need of a new form of history writing that takes into full account the environmental impacts of human history over the past five centuries. The purpose of this is to contribute to substantiating the Anthropocene as a new temporal unit beyond its origin in the geological sciences. I call this history writing attuned to human impact on the planet Anthropocene historiography. Such history could also be useful in response to the need to historicize the present ecocrisis, acknowledging that it did not emerge overnight or even just in the past two centuries but appeared as a new world order in the sixteenth century and to a large extent followed on the mutual developments of coloniality and mercantile to market global capitalism. Another benefit of an Anthropocene historiography could be to inject critical thought on temporality into the future dimension of climate change policy, which is currently governed by global climate models projecting changes according to different emission pathways.”

You can find the full article here.


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