Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)

CET Lunch: Climate and history. Current perspectives and the longue durée

Welcome to our virtual and physical seminar with Eivind Heldaas Seland, professor at the department of archaeology, history, cultural studies and religion, UiB.

Ruins outside Jerash, Jordan
Our CET Lunches are hybrid.
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Our speaker will attend physically. Participants can sign up and tune in via stream, or turn up at CET where lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Climate and climate change have had profound impact on human history. From the population of the earth to present-day food-crises and social unrest, climate change has influenced where people live and how societies are organized. In this talk I give an outline of climate-society interactions from the end of the last Ice Age, c. 11.200 years ago until recent times, and argue why history and long-term developments are relevant in discourses on present-day, anthropogenic climate change.

The talk is based on my longstanding undergraduate course on “climate and society in the premodern period”, my research on climate-society interaction in the ancient Near East, and climate narratives in historical and archaeological scholarship, as well as the book I am currently writing: “A short introduction to climate and history”.

About the speaker:

Eivind Heldaas Seland is professor of ancient history and premodern global history at the Department of archaeology, history, cultural studies and religion, UiB.