The New Earth Histories Research Program

The New Earth Histories Research Program brings the history of geosciences and the history of select world cosmologies together. Our aim is to produce a fresh and cosmopolitan history of environmental sciences, analysing the significance of geological time and multiple cosmologies for global modernity itself. Forthcoming is Alison Bashford, Emily Kern, Adam Bobbette (eds), New Earth Histories (University of Chicago Press).

For more information please visit our New Earth Histories website. 

Ocean Histories

Oceanic Histories (Cambridge, 2017) and Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People (Palgrave, 2014) each focus on the human and natural history of oceans. Together with Prof David Armitage and Prof Sujit Sivasundaram, Bashford is a founding editor of the Cambridge Oceanic Histories Series, which is intended as a key repository for the most innovative transnational and world histories over the longue durée. 

‘Empire in Oceania: Knowing the Sea of Islands’, in Islands and the British Empire in the Age of Sail (Oxford University Press, 2021).

World History and the Tasman Sea’, American Historical Review 126, no.3 (2021): 922–948. 

Terraqueous Histories‘, The Historical Journal, 60, 1 (2017): 1-20.

Deep Histories

Towards a Modern History of Gondwaland’, Journal of the British Academy, 9(s6) (2021): 5–26. Alison Bashford, Pratik Chakrabarti, Jarrod Hore.

‘World History and the Tasman Sea’, American Historical Review 126, 3 (2021): 922–948. 

Deep Genetics: Universal History & the Species‘, History and Theory, 57, 2 (2018): 313-322.

The Anthropocene is Modern History: Reflections on Climate and Australian Deep Time‘, Australian Historical Studies, 44 (2013): 341-349.