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IAS DVRF Public Lecture: Planetary Crises & the Difficulty of Being Modern

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UCL Institute of Advanced Studies Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow Public Lecture

Planetary Crises and the Difficulty of Being Modern

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty

We are delighted to welcome Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago and Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at the IAS) to the Institute of Advanced Studies for this Public Lecture.

Beginning with a discussion of the different ways globalization and global warming literature frame the "globe," this lecture essay tracks some of the ethical difficulties of being modern at a time when collective human aspirations carry planetary implications and when calls to abandon the nature/culture distinction that underlies modernity have been seriously renewed.

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History and South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago where he is also a fellow of the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory and the Faculty Director of the University of Chicago Center in Delhi. He is the author of several books and articles including Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000; 2008) and "The Climate of History: Four Theses" (2009).

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