An End to History? Climate Change, the Past and the Future

3 and 4 April 2008, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham
Deadline for papers and contributions: 30 November 2007
This conference might be of interest to everyone working in the area of climate change and forced migration (‘Intersections’ theme of the months of July and August).

The premise of this conference is that human society has had a potentially catastrophic effect on the earth’s climate. For some commentators it is not out of the question that we will bring about our own extinction unless we modify our behaviour. And while the scientific community has had a major influence on governments’ and the public’s understanding of climate change, the contribution of the humanities has been less significant. With that in view, this conference seeks contributions from across the humanities, from historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, human geographers, demographers, philosophers, writers, and from students of politics, economics, international relations, religion, literature and culture.

Contributions should aim to:
-explore how this potentially catastrophic situation has arisen;
-understand how societies, polities and cultures have previously, or currently, sustained themselves in conditions of scarcity and adversity;
-learn from the experiences of past and current societies which have coped with severe climate or environmental change;
-raise awareness of the value of humanities for understanding climate change and its impact on past and present societies. 

The conference is open to everyone with an interest in the development of our understanding of climate change, whether they are researchers, teachers, students, campaigners or others. Please submit brief abstracts (200 word max) by November 30 2007. 
There will be a conference fee of £15 per day for waged delegates. For students and the unwaged there will be a fee of £10 per day and a small number of bursaries will be available to allow free attendance. A list of accommodation in Birmingham can be provided to delegates.
Katie Duckers
Departments of Medieval and Modern History
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
phone +44 (0)121 414 5755
The conference is supported and co-organised by the University of Southampton and University of Birmingham.  


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One response to “An End to History? Climate Change, the Past and the Future

  1. Professor Vijaya Kumaar Babu, Avadhaanula

    As such there cannot be An End to History; for it is a continuous record of happenings, studied classified into–Social, Economic, Geographical, Philosophical, Political, Linguistic, Aesthetic, Administrative, Agrarian, Religious and Technological aspects of Times. To substantiate this argument, given a chance I would like to make an Oral (Power Point) Presentation of a research article entitled: Buddhist and Brahminical Art and Philosophy of Andhra Desa: A Chronological and Sequential Study.

    Am Professor Vijaya Kumaar Babu, Avadhaanula, Department of Ancient Indian History, Culture and Archaeology, Osmania University, Hyderabad-500007, AP, INDIA.(Res. # 12-13-633, Nagarjuna Nagar, Tarnaka, Hyderabad–500017, AP, India). Studied B.A.(Sanskrit/History/Telugu), M.A. (Eng,Litt), B.Lib.Sc. & Information Science, Diploma in German Language, M.A. (Ancient Indian History, Culture & Archaeology), M.Phil.(Archaeology), Ph.D. (Templeology). Working over 25 years, have published and presented 10 books and 50 research articles at National and International Conferences on different aspects and facets of Pan Indian Cultural Studies.
    Abstract of (proposed) Article: End of Buddhist Art History and Philosophy in Andhra Desa, India-A Select Study: Art, the medium of Philosophy, defined and explained to be the process of externalization of the internal manifestations, brewed/brood through ages and stages, is the spine for the multifacted development of mankind. This being univeral and ubiquitous, it transgresses the boundaries of Space and Time, India and Andhra are no exception. Represented through the sculptural art over the drum slabs of the stupas and paintings over the ceilings of caves, the simplified way of modus operandi of life is well explained through small accounts of the contributions of Lord Buddha in His earlier births, the form of Buddhist Jataka Stories. But by the end of 5th century AD, the Buddhist Art and Buddhist Philosophy is faded, replacing the Brahminical Art and Philosophy. Hence, given a chance I would like make Oral(Power Point) Presentation of the proposed article, and a fair attempt will be made to study as to how the Buddhist Art and Philosophy has given place to Brahminical Art and Philosophy in Andhra Desa–200BC to 300AD.
    Brisk replies enthuse and encourage to work, more.

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