Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate Change
October 8–10, 2013
After almost two decades of engagement with climate change, anthropology is at a threshold at which it must better present its contributions to the greater public and media. This SAR short seminar will examine the commonalities and schisms that permeate anthropological approaches to climate change, and look to the future to configure mutual frontiers of research and engagement. The seminar will consider several recurring foundational areas that define anthropological engagement with climate change, including 1) the constellation of concepts of adaptation, resilience, and mitigation that underlie climate governance today; 2) the centrality of “cultural meaning” for climate change, examining the cultural and interpretative perspectives of anthropology when focused on climate and climate changes; and 3) the compelling anthropological insights and contributions in environmental justice and vulnerability, community agency, and engagement. These three thematic areas will be examined and re-interpreted using the broad experience and expertise from participants’ archaeological and contemporary ethnographic perspectives, bolstered by insights from participants insights’ from the policy and governance of climate change.
|Shirley J. Fiske, Chair Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland|
|Lisa J. Lucero, Chair Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign|
|Anthony Oliver-Smith, Chair Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida|