P02
Weathering Time Itself: multiple temporalities and the human scale of climate change

Convenors:
Heid Jerstad (University of Edinburgh)
Dilshanie Perera (Stanford University)
Discussant:
Bronislaw Szerszynski
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - Studio
Start time:
28 May, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

Climate happens on the atmospheric scale and intersects with human lives as weather. We explore how weather acts through seasonal expectations, narratives of hazard, and predictions of uncertain futures, approaching human temporalities that structure mundane and catastrophic events.

Long abstract:

Climate happens on the atmospheric scale and intersects with human lives as weather. This panel explores how weather acts in everyday life by looking at seasonal expectations, narratives of catastrophic events, and predictions of uncertain futures. We hope to focus on the social and ecological relationships through which people make sense of and manage potentially dangerous weather. These changes bring with them "new challenges (...) of temporal vulnerability" (Crate 2011:181). Central to these concerns is an attention to multiple temporalities including linear, cyclical, diurnal and geological durations. The papers in this panel will read weather as a pattern or process, as recurrent seasonality, as past experience sedimented in knowledge, as a set of disasters, as mundane backdrop and the uneven unfoldings of events. The idea of the anthropocene is a large one, and demands a certain cerebral elasticity to extend from human carbon action to vast webs of ramifications. We invite participants whose work takes weather, as an ethnographically achievable object, to think productively about human and social temporalities which structure mundane and potentially catastrophic experiences.