As we get ready to wrap up 2019, here is a summary of the CCHRI's activity over the past year:
Our fourth Introductory Workshop was held on March 22-23 2019, and was the first that took place outside Princeton, in this case in Princeton’s Athens center, facilitated and sponsored by the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, to whom we offer our sincere thanks for their support and generosity. Attendance was very high. Our two-day introductory workshop focused on the theme of The frontier between science and history. CCHRI leaders, members and colleagues introduced scientific methods in the first day, then followed it with a historical discussions and case study analysis during the second day.
Our Annual Colloquium for 2019 took place in collaboration with and at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (IRG Palaeo-Science and History & Department of Archaeology) in Jena, Germany, on the theme: Resilience, environmental change and society. Perspectives from History and Prehistory. The aim of this year’s meeting was to bring together – for the first time – interdisciplinary projects on climate and environmental change that work on two different “human pasts”: history and prehistory. We wanted to see whether the levels of social and cultural complexity and the types of evidence we study lead to different conclusions about human capabilities of coping with environmental challenges; or whether our approaches are complementary and their synergy increases our understanding of the mechanisms of human resilience to climatic change and other “natural” stressors. Some twenty speakers addressed a colloquium of up to 40 participants, including 13 members of the CCHRI team.
Finally, in light of its current importance internationally, we also organized a one-day colloquium at Princeton on April 25 2019 on the theme Climate, Environment and Migration in Historical Perspective. Eight speakers presented topics as diverse as ‘environment, migration and political collapse in medieval Cambodia’ and ‘Climate and (social) mobility: Interdisciplinary micro and macro approaches in the Bantu expansion’ in what proved to be a well-attended and very lively meeting.