Trained at Peking University, the University of Chicago and the
University of California at Berkeley, Philippe Forêt is a geographer
who has published on exoticism and orientalism. He is a founding
member of the New Qing History school led by Jim Millward and
Mark Elliott. His books and articles have added a geographer’s
perpective to the transnational history of modernity in China. He has
also written on Central Asia as a primary source of information on
today’s challenges in the geosciences. Philippe is co-director of
the SAGUF program in the Environmental Humanities, a research
initiative he has launched that is hosted by the Swiss Federal Institute
of Technology of Zurich. His program has examined how the fine
arts, the humanities and social sciences can contribute to a
meaningful dialogue with the environmental sciences on topics such
as alterity, emergence, collapse, vulnerability, transfers, migration,
and governance and justice in the Anthropocene. He has coordinated
the activities of several teams in Switzerland and abroad with support
from leading universities, the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences,
and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Philippe holds courtesy
appointments at the Universities of Geneva, Zurich, and Orleans, was
elected twice Fellow of a European Institute for Advanced Study, and
has received awards from nine different countries.

In Fall 2015, Dr Forêt will teach:

  • HST182 East Asian History II MWF 9-9:50am