UCEH lecture Sunil Amrith: The Air as an Archive

Luchtvervuiling in Bangkok, Thailand © iStockphoto.com/Toa55
Air pollution in Bangkok, Thailand © iStockphoto.com/Toa55

The Utrecht Centre for Environmental Humanities (UCEH), Pathways to Sustainability and the Department of History and Art History invite you to a lecture by environmental historian and KNAW Heineken prize winner Prof. Sunil Amrith (Yale University).

The Air as an Archive

In his lecture ‘The Air as an Archive’ Sunil Amrith will explore the air as an archive of environmental history. In the most obvious sense, it is the measurement of atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that first made manifest the scale and pace of anthropogenic climate change.

But there are other, more visceral, ways in which the air has been an archive of environmental change, which this talk will examine in a spirit of experimentation, drawing from research in both South and Southeast Asia.

Sunil Amrith

Amrith is the Renu and Anand Dhawan Professor of History at Yale University. He is also the winner of this year’s KNAW Heineken prize for History.

Amrith’s research focuses on the movements of people and the ecological processes that have connected South and Southeast Asia. His areas of particular interest include environmental history, the history of migration, and the history of public health.

Amrith’s most recent book is ‘Unruly Waters’, a history of the struggle to understand and control the monsoon in modern South Asia. His previous book ‘Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants’ (Harvard University Press) was awarded the American Historical Association’s John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History in 2014.

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