Since the year 2000, the Anthropocene concept has affected debates in almost every academic discipline, both within the humanities and social sciences, and has rapidly developed into an inter- and transdisciplinary object of research. At the same time, it has also undermined some of the distinctions that have long been the basis for these disciplines, especially for history - such as that between "nature" and "culture" and "geological" and human". Furthermore, while earlier conceptions of human agency, temporality and historical experience - all key to historical research - are being decentered, historians are called upon to create new big narratives linking the past to the future to make sense of our present.
This symposium takes up the Anthropocene as a key challenge for all branches of history and historiography. It is concerned with exploring how the discipline of history should be re-thought in and for the Anthropocene - and, vice versa, whether and if so, how new notions of historical thinking might be invoked to make sense of the Anthropocene.