Teaching environmental history & the Anthropocene: challenges and possibilities

How can we teach environmental history most effectively? The field is both a longstanding and a somewhat marginal area in historiography. Despite its centrality to major intellectual shifts (such as the Annales), environmental history has arguably not achieved the importance it merits within the discipline more widely. That may be changing as students become more concerned by the accelerating climate crisis, and more mainstream history recognizes the interdependence of human life on other biosystems.

This discussion brings together a panel with a wide experience of teaching environmental history and the Anthropocene to discuss their experiences of assembling curricula, teaching environmental history, and developing new approaches to the topic to explore both the challenges and the possibilities of teaching environmental history and the Anthropocene.

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