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Final Reflection on Current Debates in Environmental History (2014)
3/2 Gunnel Cederlöf: India and the Environmental History of Imperialism
14/10 Kenneth Worthy: Healing the Destructive Divide between People and the Enviroment
6/4 Tim Ingold: Landscape, History and Ethnicity
Introduction: no red threat but a good turn
In the following I will reflect on the texts I have produced along the current debates which were held over the last year. While reading my reflections and comments I was searching for something like a “red threat”, a line of thought that developed over time. I did not find a clear one which does not mean that my thinking has not changed over time. Quite the opposite is the case: now, after three semesters, I feel more inspired by and dedicated to our discipline more than ever. This might be due to an unexpected but fruitful postmodern turn in my understanding to the extend that the past, present and future never have to be the way we believe it was, is and will be. The aim of this “reflection diary” is to explain why and how I came to that optimistic glimpse. Five themes which stood out in my contributions should serve here as illustrations.
Environing everything, now and ever
Divided mind, divided nature
Academics should look in the mirror and then forward
A personal struggle against ecological modernization
Environmental History and its missing link with politics
Finally: mediating between truths about the environment
Radkau, Joachim (2013): The Age of Ecology. Polity Press.
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