John McNeill
between History and Autobiography

Monday 6 May 2019, 10.00 a.m.

Via Cardinale Guglielmo Sanfelice 8
Conference room Polo Umanistico, 6th floor




“The human race, without intending anything of the sort, has undertaken a gigantic uncontrolled experiment on the earth. In time, I think, this will appear as the most important aspect of twentieth-century history, more so than World War II, the communist enterprise, the rice of mass literacy, the spread of democracy, or the growing emancipation of women. To see just how prodigal and peculiar the century was it helps to adopt long perspectives of the deeper past”. (John McNeill, Something new under the Sun. An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World, 2000)

John Robert McNeill is an American environmental historian, professor at Georgetown University.  He is a pioneer for the study of environmental history. Between his most famous books Mountains of the Mediterranean world. An environmental History (1992), Something New Under the Sun. An Environmental History of the Twentieth Century World (2000) and The Great Acceleration An Environmental History of Anthropocene (2016 with Peter Engelke). 



Opening remarks

Edoardo Massimilla (Director of the Department of Humanities, University of Naples Federico II) and Salvatore Capasso (Director of the Institute of Studies on Mediterranean Society of the National Council of Research)


Discussion and Q&A Session

Elisabetta Bini (University of Naples Federico II, Department of Humanities)  and Gabriella Corona (CNR-ISSM and University of Naples Federico II, Department of Humanities) lead the discussion and the final Q&A session.

Partecipating students of the Historical Sciences Course (University of Naples Federico II, Department of Humanities): Carlotta Carpentieri, Salvatore de Lucia, Domenico Iadanza, Andrea Vuolo


Segreteria della Direzione

Istituto di Studi sulle Società del Mediterraneo (CNR-ISSM)
Antonio De Lorenzo
Tel: +39-081-6134086 (ext. 214)
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