Cultural Critique Online

Issue 119, Frame 4

Welcome to Cultural Critique Online, the open-access online section of Cultural Critique. This journal provides a forum for creative and provocative scholarship in the theoretical humanities and humanistic social sciences. Transnational in scope and transdisciplinary in orientation, the journal strives to spark and galvanize intellectual debates as well as to attract and foster critical investigations regarding any aspect of culture as it expresses itself in words, images, and sounds, across both time and space. The journal is especially keen to support scholarship that engages the ways in which cultural production, cultural practices, and cultural forms constitute and manifest the nexus between the aesthetic, the psychic, the economic, the political, and the ethical intended in their widest senses. While informed by the diverse traditions of historical materialism as well as by the numerous critiques of such traditions from various parts of the globe, the journal welcomes contributions based on a variety of theoretical-methodological paradigms. Cultural Critique Online on Manifold expands Cultural Critique’s existing web presence to include new open-access book reviews, short articles, interviews, and more.

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    Climate and the People Without HistoryThe Promises and Pitfalls of Planetary Time

    by Sudipta Sen

    This essay addresses the ways in which some key ideas of historical time and periodization have been deployed in recent approaches to world history and the history of climate change and the Anthropocene. It argues that current debates in climatological and planetary histories recapitulate and reify longstanding and stubborn conventions of historiography and chronology that are hard-wired in the writing of world history. These habits persist even in approaches seeking to challenge Eurocentric slants in accounts of the collective human past, perpetuated not only by the notion of a common and inescapable future, but also deep-seated notions of neo-Malthusian, catastrophic and epochal notions of geohistorical time essential to the representation of an onward, seriatim advance of humanity endowed with a singular and inexorable planetary destiny.

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