New Earth Histories Conference

Hosted by: Alison Bashford, Emily Kern, Adam Bobbette

This conference aims to produce a fresh and cosmopolitan history of environmental and Earth sciences, analysing the significance of geological time and multiple cosmologies for global modernity. One of the most fascinating elements in a conventional history of geology is its intricate connection to theology; to complex eighteenth and nineteenth-century doctrinal debate on the age of the Earth, its relation to the universal deluge and to Biblical time. Yet the world was never just Christian. New Earth Histories proceeds from that plain fact. The conference proposes to analyse an extensive suite of other ways of knowing modern Earth history: Chinese, South and Southeast Asian, Pacific , Islamic and Indigenous conceptions of the globe, and of Earth’s origins, transformations and make up. We seek to analyse the encounters between these traditions, bringing the history of geosciences and the history of world cosmologies together.

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For more information, email us at or follow our twitter @earthhistories. Further detailed information, including a draft program and accommodation recommendations, will be available in the next few months.

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