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Climates of History. Or How Climate Crises are Class Struggles in the Web of Life

Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University

Friday, 28 May 2021, 7 pm

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Moderator: Attila Szigeti

In this lecture, the environmental historian Jason W. Moore explores the history of class, civilizational crisis, and climate change in the Holocene. Arguing against the neo-Malthusianism implicit in the Anthropocene narrative, Moore argues for an alternative: not “Man and Nature”, but “Climate and Class.” Exploring great climate/class crises from the Bronze Age to the Little Ice Age, Moore shows how climate changes have been entangled with civilizational crises. Viewing civilizations as world-ecologies of power and re/production in the web of life, we can bring into focus of the unity of today’s climate crisis as one of “social formation” entwined with “earth formation.” In today's planetary crisis, rising atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations are joined with the climate class divide, climate apartheid, and climate patriarchy.

Jason W. Moore is an environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University, where he is professor of sociology. He has published several essays and books on environmental history, capitalism, and social theory, most importantly his ground-breaking book on Capitalism in the Web of Life (Verso, 2015), as well as, with Raj Patel, A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things (University of California Press, 2017). He coordinates the World-Ecology Research Network. Many of his articles and essays can be found on his website:

The lecture will be held in English.

The event is part of Orbiting Modernity: from the steam engine to galactic debris project developed by tranzit. ro/ Cluj in 2020-2021.

The project’s goal is to investigate the relations between the defining elements of modernity (science and critical rationality, socio-political and economical dynamics, ideological structures) and their impact on the environment and our planet. The project intends to establish a long-term multidisciplinary collaboration between social and natural scientists, philosophers, artists and eco-activists.

Coordinated by Alex Cistelecan, Dana Domșodi, Attila Szigeti, Attila Tordai-S.

Past events:
Gareth Dale (Brunel University, Londra) - Can we cool a burning planet? Degrowth, technology, and the Green New Deal
Oana Mateescu (University of Bergen) – AI Commons
Natalia Buier (Max Planck Institute Social Anthropology)- Classless train: technology, infrastructure and capitalist ecomodernization
Adrian Grama (Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies), Ștefan Guga (researcher at Syndex Romania)Forces and relations of production, now and then
Cornel Ban (Copenhagen Business School) - Cul-de-Sac Economics: Europe on the Brink of Climate Meltdown

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