How do we know nature and how has this been political, in the past and today? Vinita Damodaran and Harriet Ritvo discuss the rise of scientific expertise, its entanglement in projects of empire, and how it has interacted with indigenous and local knowledge.
How is the Anthropocene – the epoch in which humans have become a major force changing earth systems – changing the nature of historians’ evidence base?
What is the history behind the global plastics crisis and what are the solutions? Simon Pirani argues that we need to look at technological systems and social and economic systems in which they are embedded.