Volume 26 (2011) of Osiris, the annual thematic journal published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the History of Science Society, is now available in print and electronic formats.
Volume 26, titled Klima, was edited by James E. Fleming of Colby College and Vladimir Jankovic of the University of Manchester.
“Climate is a rather elusive entity,” wrote Helmut Landsberg in 1950 as he sorted through some twenty competing definitions. This volume delves into that elusiveness, looking at the question of what “climate” means from a historical perspective. In reaching back to the Greeks—who give the volume its title—the collection seeks to break the term free from its current exclusive association with atmospheric sciences in order to explore the term’s long history of broader usage, in medical geographic, agricultural, racial and other contexts.
All individual and student members of the History of Science Society receive Osiris as a benefit of membership. For more information on the journal, go to www.journals.uchicago.edu/osiris. For information about membership in HSS, go to www.hssonline.org. To buy an individual print copy of this volume, go to http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/O/bo11655592.html.
Table of Contents:
--James Rodger Fleming and Vladimir Jankovic, “Introduction: Revisiting Klima”
--Gregory T. Cushman, “Humboldtian Science, Creole Meteorology, and the Discovery of Human-Caused Climate Change in South America”
--Deborah R. Coen, “Imperial Climatographies from Tyrol to Turkestan”
--Sverker Sörlin, “The Anxieties of a Science Diplomat: Field Coproduction of Climate Knowledge and the Rise and Fall of Hans Ahlmann’s ‘Polar Warming’”
--Ruth A. Morgan, “Diagnosing the Dry: Historical Case Notes from Southwest Western Australia, 1945–2007”
--Brant Vogel, “The Letter from Dublin: Climate Change, Colonialism, and the Royal Society in the Seventeenth Century”
--Mark Carey, “Inventing Caribbean Climates: How Science, Medicine, and Tourism Changed Tropical Weather from Deadly to Healthy”
--Georgina Endfield, “Reculturing and Particularizing Climate Discourses: Weather, Identity, and the Work of Gordon Manley”
--Maria Bohn, “Concentrating on CO2: The Scandinavian and Arctic Measurements”
--Adrian Howkins, “Melting Empires? Climate Change and Politics in Antarctica since the International Geophysical Year”
--Matthias Dörries, “The Politics of Atmospheric Sciences: “Nuclear Winter” and Global Climate Change”
--Samuel Randalls, “Optimal Climate Change: Economics and Climate Science Policy Histories (from Heuristic to Normative)”
--Mike Hulme, “Reducing the Future to Climate: A Story of Climate Determinism and Reductionism”
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