P18
Mobility, Weather, and Climate Change

Convenors:
Tatiana Argounova-Low (University of Aberdeen)
Arnar Árnason (University of Aberdeen)
Jan Peter Laurens Loovers (British Museum)
Chair:
Susan Crate
Discussant:
Tim Ingold
Format:
Panels
Location:
British Museum - BP Lecture Theatre
Start time:
29 May, 2016 at 9:00
Session slots:
4

Short abstract:

This panel proposes to examine different forms of mobility, restrictive and opening up, in relation to weather and climate change. The panel invites papers that focus on human and animal mobility and technological changes incurred by the weather.

Long abstract:

Mobility is fundamental in social processes, and subsequently are directly affected by the weather and climate change. This panel proposes to examine the phenomenon of mobility, in its different forms, in relation to the weather and climate change. We want to highlight the restrictions and limitations that curtail journeys and their associated tasks as well as extended opportunities of movement due to weather and climate change. We are interested in hearing how the weather and climate change impact existing patterns of movement or bring change to the existing patterns of sociality afforded by different mobilities. The following possible, but not restrictive, themes can highlight such aspects: perception of travel and weather; changes in weather and subsequent negative or positive effects on the patterns of human and animal mobility; the physicality and technical aspects of movement and mobility; the material and technological aspects of mobility in relation to climate change. We invite papers that address ethnographic case studies that focus on local and global changes in mobility patterns of humans and animals as related to the weather. Or instance are interested in studies that address the way climate change undermines existing knowledge, expertise and skill related to the weather; the way climate change influences the environment and its consequences for travel and movement; and the way changes in weather are creating new technological changes, improvisations, and amendments.