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Climate Histories Seminar Series

The Climate Histories seminar series is a graduate research group funded by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Running since October 2011, the series is co-convened by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and the Engineering Department's Centre for Sustainable Development. It brings together people from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and those working within policy, industry, activism, and media. Together we discuss past, present, and future environments and debate how to tackle the challenges presented by the changing climate.

The key questions we ask are:

What can we learn about climate change from history?

How do people envision their future environments?

How do people gain knowledge of their environments, and why does this knowledge matter?

How can different disciplines work together to develop our understanding?

For the upcoming academic year (2015-2016) the seminar series will be based on the upcoming “Paris 2015” climate conference, which is to feature global political leaders and determine the future of climate change politics for decades to come. Paris 2015 will be a crucial conference as it aims to achieve a new international agreement on the climate applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

Throughout the seminar series we will invite specialists with a direct connection to, or research interest in, specific themes that feature during the Paris 2015 conference, including among others the 2˚c limit; the relationship between science and policy; political engagement with climate change; the role of religion and morality; issues surrounding gender and indigenous knowledge and the role of government in mitigating against climate-induced challenges. Supported by our broad network of researchers and participants the seminars will be structured according to three sub-themes corresponding to the three terms of the year:

1) Lead-up to Paris 2015: discuss the background and broader context to the event, proceedings, relevant speakers

2) Arising from Paris 2015: discuss the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific, indigenous, and gendered issues arising from the conference, including relevant speakers

3) After Paris 2015: debate the successes, failures, value and relevance of global climate change conferences and discuss the broader future of climate change engagement.

The seminars will take place on alternate Wednesdays from 14:30 to 16:30 at CRASSH, Room SG2 in the Alison Richards Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge.

For more information, please contact Richard Fraser: rf376@cam.ac.uk

Our most recent seminar took place on 28th February 2017, details below.

Charlie Kennel: Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Science and Policy, Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Christ's College, and Director Emeritus, Vice-Chancellor, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.

A talk on climate change entitled: "Climate - The Enigma Wrapped Inside a Mystery" with comments from Hildegard Diemberger and Richard Fraser (MIASU).

 

 

Cambridge Interdisciplinary Research on the Environment is a group that was initiated through a seminar series funded by CRASSH in 2011. This series was co-convened by the Departments of Social Anthropology, Geography, and the Engineering Department's Centre for Sustainable Development.

The series brought together people from a range of academic and non-academic backgrounds including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences, and those working within policy, industry, activism, education, and media. The series has run each year since culminating in the Paris 2015: Climate Histories Seminar Series. 

The connections and networks made through the discussions in this series formed the backdrop against which some funding bids were developed and the projects that resulted are also featured on this site.