Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies


This conference brings together diverse scholars whose work grapples with the challenges that climate change presents to the discipline of history. Participants will address precedents for this “unprecedented” crisis by uncovering and analyzing the historical roots and analogues of contemporary climate change across a wide range of eras and areas around the world. Can history offer an alternative to visions of the future that appear to be determined by prevailing climate models, and help provide us with new ways of understanding human agency?

April 22-23, 2021.
Free and open to the public.
Streaming online. Register here.

Convened by Dr. Erika M. Bsumek, Associate Professor of History and Dr. Megan Raby, Associate Professor of History. Presented by the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. 

Generously co-sponsored by:

The UT History Department's public history website Not Even Past (NEP) has created a fantastic companion page for the conference here. In addition, NEP has compiled a collection of resources over the past year around the "Climate in Context" theme, including recordings of talks and discussions here.

Stay current on #ClimateInContext2021 conference announcements by following the Institute for Historical Studies on Twitter and Facebook. Download the conference poster: JPG, PDF. Queries:

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