Date: 12 February 2015
Venue: Dreyfus Room (2.02), 26-28 Russell Square
Dr Paul Warde of Cambridge University will speak on “The Environment” emerging: the causes and consequences of a concept, c.1855-1970.’ Dr Warde says: ‘this discussion seeks to raise issues around the development of concepts, related expertise, and political impact. It examines the use of the word ‘environment’ in the context of a wider range of evolutionary thinking from the 1850s, and the sudden shift in meaning and narrative in the post-war era to designate natural systems under threat from human action. It will discuss the range of methods and disciplines involved in constructing new kinds of ‘environmental’ expert; the portrayal of society and human action in post-war environmental literature; and the absorption of this expertise into environmental regulation by 1970.’
We will go for dinner locally afterwards, please let barbara know firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come to the dinner.