Environmental and climate history are now at the forefront of premodern research, opening up rich, complicating vistas on the past; reimagining the place of human history within planetary spaces; developing new, often highly interdisciplinary, methodologies; and feeling their way creatively through difficult issues of how historians should handle determinism and human agency. This research also contributes to building the ‘global’ turn in medieval history, with its potential for deprovincializing Europe, decentring the state, decolonising knowledge systems and the old human/nature dichotomy.
These questions have an inevitable and important resonance for our times and this series is looking for cutting edge and critical research that draws on the premodern to engage the politics of climate and environment or that places the medieval into dialogue with the urgent concerns and needs of modernity. It also makes space for studies of how humans have situated themselves in relation to the natural world through particular cultural forms and expressions, for instance science writing or material culture; and detailed explorations of particular cultural milieux in relation to non-human life.
c. 200 -1700 CE
ecology, ecological, environment, nature, climate, environment, ecosystem, Anthropocene