Time is occasionally understood as layered and sedimented in the earth beneath our feet.
But time is also made present through a variety of other processes of mattering such as in history and archaeology, but also in natural and cultural heritage making and in the prioritizing of who ́s time we are shaping our lives after. Deep time is of concern in the Environmental humanities as it points towards and troubles issues of inter- and intragenerational care where both planetary and multispecies histories come to the fore. Chakrabarty (2009, 219) argues for a perforation of the barriers between histories of geological deep time, natural history and that of the human in order to deal with and query the current predicament of the Anthropocene and issues of justice and care across species and generations. These are times when the transformation of the earth happens at an accelerating speed (Steffen et al. 2015) that could threaten the life-conditions for many species on the planet. Whereas it is important for the subjects of history and natural science join up and to deal with climate and environmental challenges in uncertain times, the question of how this is done and what effects this would have need to be considered.
Participants: Christina Fredengren, Stockholm University; Rodney Harrison, University College London (or other participant in project Heritages Futures); Denis Byrne, Western Sydney University; and A.G. Brown