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Dipesh Chakrabarty

One Planet, Many Worlds

Monday, October 30, 2023, 6:00pm

Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Please join us to celebrate 3CT fellow Dipesh Chakrabarty’s recent book, One Planet, Many Worlds: The Climate Parallax (Brandeis University Press, 2023). Chakrabarty will be joined in conversation by 3CT fellow Linda Zerilli.

Climate change represents a deep conundrum for humans. It is difficult for humans to give up the unequal and yet accelerating pursuit of a good life based on an insatiable appetite for energy sourced mainly from fossil fuel. But the same pursuit, scientists insist, damages the geobiological system that supports the existence of interrelated forms of life, including ours, on this planet. The planet, seen thus, is one. The global sway of financial and extractive capital connects humans technologically, but they remain divided along multiple axes of inequality. Their worlds are many and their politics still global rather than planetary. In the narrative presented here, Chakrabarty continues to explore the temporal and intellectual fault lines that mark the collapse of the global and the planetary in human history.

Dipesh Chakrabarty is the Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor in History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College. He also has a courtesy appointment in the School of Law. Chakrabarty is the author of One Planet, Many Worlds: The Climate Parallax (Brandeis University Press, 2023), The Climate of History in a Planetary Age (University of Chicago Press, 2021), The Calling of History: Sir Jadunath Sarkar and His Empire of Truth (University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (Princeton University Press, 2007).

Linda Marie-Gelsomina Zerilli is the Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and the College. She was the 2010–16 Faculty Director of the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, where she continues in her capacity as a leading scholar and teacher in the field. Zerilli is the author of Signifying Woman (Cornell University Press, 1994), Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (University of Chicago Press, 2005), A Democratic Theory of Judgment (University of Chicago Press, 2016), and articles on subjects ranging across feminist thought, the politics of language, aesthetics, democratic theory, and continental philosophy. She has been a Fulbright Fellow, a two-time Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, and a Stanford Humanities Center Fellow. In 2016, Zerilli won the University Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. She has served on the executive committee of Political Theory and the advisory boards of The American Political Science Review, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Constellations, and Culture, Theory, and Critique.

Presented by 3CT and the Seminary Co-op Bookstores.

This event is free and open to the public, and registration is recommended. Please email us at  if you require any accommodations to enable your full participation.