Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate Change

Short Seminar

October 8–10, 2013

Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate ChangeChanging the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate ChangeFrom bottom, left to right: Lucero, Strauss, Lazrus, Crumley, Galvin, Wilk, Crate, Fiske, Orlove, Oliver-Smith

Short Seminar Co-chaired by Shirley J. Fiske, Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland; Lisa J. Lucero, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ; and Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, October 8–10, 2013. Photograph by William Geoghegan
Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate ChangeFrom bottom, left to right: Lucero, Strauss, Lazrus, Crumley, Galvin, Wilk, Crate, Fiske, Orlove, Oliver-Smith

Short Seminar Co-chaired by Shirley J. Fiske, Research Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Maryland; Lisa J. Lucero, Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ; and Anthony Oliver-Smith, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida, October 8–10, 2013. Photograph by William Geoghegan

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, College Park
Lisa J. Lucero, Chair Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Anthony Oliver-Smith, Chair Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Florida
Susan Crate Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University
Carole L. Crumley Research Professor, Centre for Biodiversity, Swedish Agricultural College, Stockholm
Kathleen Galvin Professor and Senior Research Scientist, Department of Anthropology; Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University
Heather Lazrus Scientist, Mesoscale & Microscale Meteorolgy/Societal Impacts Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
Ben Orlove Professor, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Sarah Strauss Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Wyoming
Richard Wilk Provost Professor, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University