Philippe Foret

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
SHSS 8.115

Professor Philippe Forêt is a human geographer with a PhD degree awarded by the University of Chicago for a dissertation on late imperial China. His activities and those of his teams have focused on scientific expeditions, Sino-European exchanges in the arts and sciences, the history of the geosciences, and the long-term interactions of nature with culture in Asia. Dr. Forêt is a member of the Society of Fellows of the Rachel Carson Center at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich [1], and holds a courtesy appointment in environmental studies at the University of Zurich. He co-directs “Environmental Humanities Switzerland,” a program of the Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology that he founded in 2013 with colleagues from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich [2]. Dr. Forêt supervises the international program on “blue peace” at Nazarbayev University where he is currently professor (full) of environmental history. With support from the Kazakh government, he is leading two interdisciplinary projects – the Atlas of Sacred Geography in Kazakhstan, and the Atlas of Water and Peace in Central Asia – that associate four universities and several international organizations. The University of Chicago Press has accepted his proposal on the history of climate research along the Silk Road, which will be his sixth book. 


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