3 and 4 April 2008, Birmingham and Midland Institute, Birmingham
Deadline for papers and contributions: 30 November 2007
This conference might be of interest to everyone working in the area of climate change and forced migration (‘Intersections’ theme of the months of July and August).
The premise of this conference is that human society has had a potentially catastrophic effect on the earth’s climate. For some commentators it is not out of the question that we will bring about our own extinction unless we modify our behaviour. And while the scientific community has had a major influence on governments’ and the public’s understanding of climate change, the contribution of the humanities has been less significant. With that in view, this conference seeks contributions from across the humanities, from historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, human geographers, demographers, philosophers, writers, and from students of politics, economics, international relations, religion, literature and culture.
Contributions should aim to:
-explore how this potentially catastrophic situation has arisen;
-understand how societies, polities and cultures have previously, or currently, sustained themselves in conditions of scarcity and adversity;
-learn from the experiences of past and current societies which have coped with severe climate or environmental change;
-raise awareness of the value of humanities for understanding climate change and its impact on past and present societies.
The conference is open to everyone with an interest in the development of our understanding of climate change, whether they are researchers, teachers, students, campaigners or others. Please submit brief abstracts (200 word max) by November 30 2007.
There will be a conference fee of £15 per day for waged delegates. For students and the unwaged there will be a fee of £10 per day and a small number of bursaries will be available to allow free attendance. A list of accommodation in Birmingham can be provided to delegates.
Departments of Medieval and Modern History
University of Birmingham
Birmingham B15 2TT
phone +44 (0)121 414 5755
The conference is supported and co-organised by the University of Southampton and University of Birmingham.