Venue: Center for interdisciplinary Research Bielefeld, Bielefeld
Climate change is indisputably a topic of great social relevance. It causes enormous costs and attract media attention, pressurizing scientific, economic and political actors to make unambiguous statements and take action. 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.
Therefore, the conference "Climate Change: Global Scenarios and Local Experiences" seeks to provide a forum for research initiatives in the social and cultural sciences which deal with case studies and help to build up a thorough empirical basis concerning the socio-cultural implications of climate change.
How do we study a phenomenon which is in itself not directly perceptible in everyday life? What does climate change mean 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.
We aim at publishing selected papers. The conference languages are German and English. Travel and accommodation expenses can be refunded.
Please send your abstracts and a short CV to firstname.lastname@example.org, by 22 March 2011.
Julia Tischler Junior
Research Group KlimaWelten
Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology
Postfach 10 01 31
33501 Bielefeld, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 521 - 106-67331
Additional information: http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/ZIF/AG/2011/10-24-Greschke.html