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Imperial Science and the Habitability of Central Asia and Mesopotamia, 1815-1914: A History of the Societal Consequences of Changing Environmental Limits

Project description

A novel approach in the study of societal climate crisis

Natural and man-made disasters significantly alter the landscape, sometimes making habitable places uninhabitable. While the effect of global anthropogenic climate change is new, the world has always had habitable and uninhabitable regions. Early attempts (1815-1914) by British and French imperial scientists to understand the limits on life used intellectual history methods to examine theories of environmental change instead of focusing on the imperial contexts on which those methods were based. The EU-funded HABITABILITY project will investigate the societal consequences of environmental change to close the research gap. It will place scientific and cultural ideas of uninhabitability into their historical contexts and establish habitability studies as the critical interdisciplinary methodology for an age of climate crisis.


Net EU contribution
€ 173 847,36
Geschwister Scholl Platz 1
80539 Muenchen

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Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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