How can stories, histories, art, and music help comprehend a planet in crisis?

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Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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Climate crisis seems a threat out of nowhere that we didn’t deserve and that doesn’t fit with how we see ourselves and our future. It’s both overwhelming and difficult to imagine. This panel discusses how stories, histories, art and music can help with the complex but necessary process of rethinking the world as we know it. Existential fears, moral complexities, loss, mourning, hope, and the struggle for liveable futures are not new experiences for humanity. On the contrary, they’re profoundly familiar and all societies have many ways to explore them. Yet, the climate crisis makes these struggles to understand the present and consider the future so much more complex. In this panel we argue that histories help people understand a situation that has been millennia in the making; stories allow us to re-see and reimagine the familiar; art and music open up novel forms of experiencing the world. Collectively we make a case for moving beyond an overwhelming absorption with climate science and its communication to, instead, centre the humanities and social sciences in the creation of necessary forms of critique, resilience, adaption and transformation.

Panellists:

Amanda Power (History),

Fiona Stafford (Literature),

Daniel Grimley (Music),

Nayanika Mathur (Anthropology)


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This event will be held in person and ticket numbers are restricted in order to facilitate social distancing. We hope to see as many of you as possible for the panel discussion and informal conversation afterwards. Please note - ticketing will close 2 hours before the event

 

Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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