"Climates of the Eighteenth Century" ASECS 3/17-20/2011 - Vancouver BC - deadline 9/1/10

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Tobias Menely
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Papers are invited on the epistemic and symbolic meanings of "climate" in the long eighteenth century, particularly insofar as such meanings developed in relation to the unsettled weather of the Little Ice Age and/or the growing awareness of the human influence on climate through industrialization and urban pollution, deforestation, and global commerce. Topics may include Hippocratic theory, climatic determinism, and national character; climate change and empire; meteors and the development of Enlightenment meteorology; the time of weather and the time of history; climate, crisis, and eschatology. I am particularly interested in papers that attend to the conceptual and methodological implications of eighteenth-century ways of understanding, and not understanding, climate for our current climate crisis.

Please send title and abstract to tmenely@gmail.com by 9/1/2010.