Seminar: Weather cultures: living non-linear time/s
Geography & Environmental Studies Seminar Series
Please join us this Thursday Apr 27 (12-1pm, SR193, Geography Wing Social Science Building) with our own A/Prof Sarah Wright who will share some initial work from her Future Fellowship.
The title for Sarah’s seminar is, ‘Weather cultures: living non-linear time/s’.
New engagements with each other and the environment are vitally necessary in this perilous period of change known as the Anthropocene (Castree 2014; Davison 2015; Gibson et. al. 2015; Rose & van Dooren 2011). Climate change policy interventions and public discourse alike persistently frame the debate in terms of a range of dualisms (Head 2016). Climate change is seen as outside human experience, an impending doom, always out there and in the future, something to be understood and controlled rationally, but in ways underpinned by an unacknowledged fear (Cook & Balayannis 2015). Such framings hold both climate and change within a strict, linear, universalist and ultimately colonising understanding of time. Yet, as Natcher et al (2007) point out, suggestions that the future can be predicted or controlled may be offensive to a sentient world, while the relegation of the past to ‘the past’ ignores the many enduring violences of colonialism. In contrast, rather than linear and universal, time may be understood as itself multiple, agential, and as a manifestion of co-becoming (Bawaka et al 2016). In place of an abstract, distant and unbound climate, locked into a linear, passive timescape, then, this paper will call for the need for specifics, to attend to the weather, to the winds and rain, to weather cultures, that prompt consideration of the embodied and affective ways sun, mist, seasons and other complex weatherings co-constitute people, place and time/s (Ingold 2007; 2010; Vannini et al. 2012).
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