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Culture and Climate Change: experiments in collaboration and engagement

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Climate change is urgent and important, but also, for many, boring, difficult and confusing. What kinds of stories, artworks and other interventions are being created in response to ‘the greatest challenge facing humanity’ — a challenge that is also apparently forgettable? Joe Smith (Professor of Environment and Society, the Open University) and Renata Tyszczuk (Senior Lecturer in Architecture, University of Sheffield) reflect on their experimental and interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of research, policy and cultural work on climate change. Their recent joint projects include the Interdependence Day project (2005-2011, with the new economics foundation) and the current multi-partner AHRC Stories of Change project on past, present and future energy transitions. They will also reference the current Culture and Climate Change: Scenarios project, including its innovative networked artists residencies. The paper unpacks some of the theoretical and methodological inspirations that nourish their work, including the Mass Observation movement. They will argue for the importance of cultural work on climate change, but caution against any expectation that it provides any communications silver bullets.

This talk is part of the Department of Geography - main Departmental seminar series series.

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