European Big History Network

Big History in Europe

Members' activities:

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Big History Podcast by the University of Amsterdam (Esther Quaedackers) on Soundcloud in English.

The Big History Podcast will take you on a journey through all known history, from the Big Bang to today. In 14 episodes, an interdisciplinary group of professors from the University of Amsterdam and beyond will guide you through that history and will discuss how our universe originated, how stars and planets developed, how Earth and life emerged and evolved together, how we became human and started to live in increasingly complex societies and how we turned into beings that are impacting our entire planet. The podcast will not just give you a broad overview of these processes; it will also zoom in on some of the latest scientific and scholarly insights that are important for big history and for understanding the role that we play in that story.

There have been big history courses at the University of Amsterdam since 1994. Esther Quaedackers who is conducting the interviews is a lecturer in big history in the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Big History Podcast by the University of Oviedo (Olga García Moreno) on ivoox in Spanish.

"El amanecer terrestre" is a podcast of interviews with scientists and academics interested in research from the broadest point of view. This approach to knowledge has been called Big History, and includes the attempt to encompass, from a unifying and interdisciplinary point of view, the history of the cosmos, the Earth, life and humanity. The aim of this approach is to be more effective in tackling the complex ecological, economic and social problems of the 21st century. Given the fact that the human species must solve these problems for its own survival using, more than its intelligence, its wisdom, this way of understanding knowledge (scientific, technological, cultural and artistic) can be of great help in achieving the best solutions.
Since 2013, the University of Oviedo has been carrying out research, teaching and dissemination work in this field. Olga García Moreno, senior lecturer in the Dept. of Geology, heads a large group of teachers and researchers at this university from various specialities working together on these activities. She will be in charge of directing and conducting the interviews with a large group of researchers from different institutions and nationalities in order to provide the general public with an up-to-date, science-based view of the history of the cosmos and the place of human beings in it. (translated from Spanish with DeepL)

Here Paula Metallo shows her latest work of art connected to big history called Dig History which intends a Big History investigation of digging.

Andrey Korotayev was involved in a Big History Symposium at the Globalistics 2020 congress with recording on Youtube. The International Symposium "Big History and Global Evolution" starts at 5 hours and 50 minutes.

Jakob Wamberg contributed to this Big History Symposium with a presentation on Evolutionary Reboots - Visual art as evidence of recurrent entropic integration. The presentation starts at 6 hours 35 minutes of the above linked recording of the congress.

In this article Ian Crawford reports on a meeting held in London in September 2019 on issues related to Big History, Astrobiology, and Cosmic Perspectives.