Ruling Climate: the Theory and Practice of Environmental Governmentality, 1500-1800

  • John Emrys Morgan Department of History, University of Warwick
Keywords: climate, environment, early modern, governmentality, determinism


This one-day conference brought together scholars from across Europe and North America to discuss the relationship between governments and the environment in the early modern period. Papers discussed competing conceptions of environmental and climatic models and their use as instruments of control to justify a variety of social and economic interventions. With early career, established and leading scholars discussing environmental governmentality in global contexts, from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the breadth of research at ‘Ruling Climate’ was testament to the vitality of the environmental humanities, and its current status as a leading movement in contemporary historical research.


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Ruling Climate Poster
Critical Reflections