Alex Elliott | 28 Aug 14:41 2013

CFA - Climate Change and the Humanities Workshop

On the 17th October 2013, the Centre for Social and Political Thought and
the Centre for World Environmental History at Sussex University will be
hosting a joint one-day workshop on how the humanities and social sciences
have engaged with issues around climate change.
Within the last two decades, discussions around climate change have expanded
from the natural sciences to include the social sciences and humanities.  It
is now clear that climate change has political, economic and social
consequences.  However, until now academic discussions on the topic have
focused primarily on policy implementation and the consequences of such
actions. Furthermore, the historical dimensions to the debate have been
severely neglected.  Therefore, with this in mind, the aim of the one-day
workshop will be to explore different approaches to the understanding of the
climate change phenomenon with a view to further enhancing the
inter-disciplinary approach to the subject.  Thus, this workshop will
provide an opportunity for, among others, social theorists, environmental
activists, environmental historians and intellectual historians to come
together to exchange ideas about how to understand the ‘climate change
Keynote Speakers are:
•         Andrew Chitty (Sussex University)
•         Gideon Calder (University of South Wales) 
The format of the workshop will be as follows:
•         Morning session: graduate students 
•         First keynote: Andrew Chitty
•         Afternoon session: environmental activists
•         Second keynote: Gideon Calder 
We would welcome submissions on the following topics:
•         Ideology and climate change (we would particularly welcome any
papers on the topic of the relationship between conservatism and climate change)
•         Human geography and climate change
•         Media coverage of climate change science
•         Climate change denial
•         Historical aspects to the climate change debate
•         The role of religion
The workshop will take place at Sussex University, Brighton. 
The deadline for submissions is 20th September 2013.  Please e-mail a 250
word abstract, along with details of your institution (if applicable) to
either Alex Elliott or James Cullis at the addresses below.
For further information please e-mail Alex Elliott
(aje28@...) or
James Cullis (J.Cullis@...)

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