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Why We Disagree About Climate Change: Public Lecture

Posted in Events, Opinion, Research by land-environment on April 27th, 2011

3 May , 2011
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

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Climate change is not “a problem” waiting for “a solution”.  It is an environmental, political and cultural phenomenon that is reshaping the way we think about ourselves, about our societies and about humanity’s place on Earth.

Based on some of the ideas contained in Prof. Mike Hulme’s recent book, Why We Disagree About Climate Change, this lecture dissects this idea of climate change – where it came from, what it means to different people in different places and why we disagree about it.  It also develops a different way of approaching the idea of climate change and of working with it.  Rather than seeing “stopping climate change” as the universal project around which the world must be mobilised at all costs, the idea of climate change gives us new resources – new insights, new vocabularies, new myths – which can be used creatively in our bewildering diversity of human projects.  We must use the idea of climate change to open up new spaces for innovation, change and diversity, rather than try to align the world in search of one unattainable utopia.  And we must accommodate disagreement by adopting a plural approach in our responses to climate change.

Mike Hulme is professor of climate change in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia (UEA).  He was the Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research from 2000 to 2007.  His work explores the idea of climate change using historical, cultural and scientific analyses, seeking to illuminate the numerous ways in which climate change is deployed in public and political discourse.  His two most recent books are Why We Disagree About Climate Change: understanding controversy, inaction and opportunity (2009) and, with Henry Neufeldt, the edited volume Making Climate Change Work For Us (2010) which is a synthesis of the research findings of the EU FP6 Integrated Project ‘ADAM: Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies’.  He is editor-in-chief of the new review journal: Wiley’s Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Climate Change.

Tuesday 3rd May
Time: 5.30pm

Speaker: Professor Mike Hulme
Professor of Climate Change
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK

Location: Lower Theatre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment Building, University of Melbourne

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Future Perfect – Subjectivity in Times of Uncertainty: Public Lecture

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on August 10th, 2010

Presented by Prof Renata Salecl,  London School of Economics & Birkbeck College School of Law:

We live in times of uncertainty, where the feelings of anxiety are on the rise. However, we seem to be encouraged by contemporary science to think about lives as being open to endless improvement. The ideology of choice which dominates post-industrial capitalism has created a new mythology of science which has radically affected the way we perceive subjectivity. However the idea that our lives as being capable of ever new improvements, that we can prevent risks to happen and that we can predict when things might go wrong has paradoxically resulted in an increase of feelings of guilt and inadequacy. This lecture will look at how the idea of the perfect future has affected the way we look at reproduction, raising of children, delinquency, aging and death.

Thursday 12th August 2010, 6-7pm
Gryphon Gallery, 1888 Building
The University of Melbourne

School of Social & Political Sciences