Conference: Climate Change: Global Scenarios and Local Experiences
Center for interdisciplinary Research (ZiF), University of Bielefeld, Germany, 24.-25.10.2011
The conference seeks to provide a forum for research initiatives in the social and cultural sciences which help to illuminate the socio-cultural implications of climate change.
Climate change is indisputably a topic of great social relevance. While present evaluations and forecasts largely rely on research concerning the physical dimensions of climate change, its social consequences, cultural interpretations and local coping strategies cannot simply be derived from natural scientific methods.
Interdisciplinary climate research faces a range of unsolved theoretical problems.
- How do we study a phenomenon which is in itself not directly perceptible in everyday life?
- What does climate change mean, does it even mean anything, in a specific local context?
- How is knowledge about climate change produced and translated into specific life-words?
- In which ways does climate change impact on everyday life?
- How can fresh insights into the cultural pluralism of climate change feed back into (natural) scientific forecasts and models about global climate change?
- Can mediating concepts, such as for instance “glocalization”, be made fruitful for investigating into these global-local interrelations?
We cordially invite contributions from empirical research dealing with or presenting solutions to these questions. The accepted contributions will be arranged into thematic sections, which will be opened by a methodologically/theoretically oriented introductory lecture. Each submitted paper will be summarized and critically commented on by two invited discussants. The authors will then be given the opportunity to comment on how their paper has been presented by the discussants.
We aim at publishing selected papers.
The conference languages are German and English. Travel and accommodation expenses can be refunded.
A list of invited speakers and discussants as well as further information can be found on the website indicated below.
Please send your abstracts (maximum of 4,000 signs, Word or PDF-document) and a short CV to klimawelten[at]uni-bielefeld.de, by 22 March 2011. You will be notified by 15 April 2011 whether your proposal has been accepted. Invited speakers will then be kindly asked to submit their full papers until 15 September 2011.
Organizers: Dr. Heike Greschke and Julia Tischler (University of Bielefeld)
Junior Research Group KlimaWelten (ClimateWorlds)
University of Bielefeld
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 521 - 106-67331
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