We often talk about climate change in the past through overly scientific lenses: for example, proxies of cooling or warming weather, fluctuations in species, or records of resource stress. These science-heavy conversations also lean toward identifying or explaining societal catastrophes through the direct influence of climate change on ancient societies. How can we better understand the complex ways that cultures and states navigate climatic variability at multiple scales? This session presents a different approach to examining the social, political, and cultural dimensions of human-environment relationships in the past, drawing on the strengths of humanistic disciplines like history, philology, archaeology, anthropology, and visual studies, to give back to ancient human beings and groups the place they deserve in the narrative.
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