P04
In and out of the weather: Resonance, discord and transformation in our weathered worlds

Convenors:
Elizabeth Rahman (University of Oxford)
Format:
Panels
Location:
Senate House - Montague Room
Start time:
27 May, 2016 at 11:30
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

As weather patterns fluctuate, groups of people pragmatically decide either to live with these changes in situ, or to migrate. The panel examines what is distinctive, unusual or unfamiliar in these atmospheric worlds, and our knowledge of them.

Long abstract:

The weather is intimately entwined with local, and particularly sustainable, livelihoods and lifestyles. As weather patterns fluctuate, groups of people pragmatically decide either to live with these changes in situ, or to migrate. In situ, local knowledge and land management may be evaluated as sustainable, or be transformed in dialogue with wider climate change discourse and practice. On the other hand, shifts in climate are often accompanied by fluxes in the human population. When climatic shifts prompt migration, they open an arena of wider social and political challenges, and speak to global concerns. However, migration is also seen as giving rise to the climatic shifts that people experience. In the face of these movements, through sustainable strategies and approaches, questions arise as to how one might accommodate outsiders and/or their alternate knowledge. This panel examines this interface between expectations, transgressions and impediments, at home and away - and their respective knowledge of socio-environmental fluxes and flows - by considering what is different, unusual or unfamiliar about these atmospheric worlds.