New Publication on Extreme Weather Events in Early Modern Literature

Bildschirmfoto 2018-04-16 um 20.41.58Simon Meisch and Stefan Hofer published a edited volume that addresses the role of the humanities in climate change research.

The humanities and cultural studies are repeatedly invited to participate in research on global climate change. However, this interdisciplinary task rests on epistemological preconditions that need to be made transparent. Against this background, this edited volume asks what might constitute a genuine contribution to research on global climate change by the humanities and cultural studies. The volume approaches this question by dealing with early modern literature that examines extreme weather events during the Little Ice Age. In the same way as humans do today, humans back then experienced climate change through extreme weather events, and they tried to provide intellectual access to these experiences. This edited volume deals with German and English-speaking authors who lived between 1600 and 1850 (A. Coppe, S. Dach, J. Rist, P. Gerhard, D. Defoe, B.H. Brockes, F. Hölderlin and J. Gotthelf). They dealt with climate-induced extremes in different ways and, in doing so, made information about them available to society.

The volume documents the results of our workshop on extreme weather events: fear and fascination of the extra-ordinary (Tuebingen, 10-11 June 2015).

With contributions by
Dr. Gero Bauer, Dr. Stefan Hofer, Prof. Dr. Ingrid Hotz-Davies, Junior-Doz. Dr. Elisabeth Jütten, Dr. Simon Meisch, Dr. Tina-Karen Pusse, Prof. Dr. Ruth Scoralick, Prof. Dr. Tanja van Hoorn.

And who would have thought this: our book on extreme weather in early modern literature is a reference in the German Wikipedia entry on historical climatology 🙂

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