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P48- Representing Climate Change

PANEL Organizers :
• Mert Ayşem (, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

• Schinkel Willem (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Policy-making is embedded in a diversity of publics. While it has been a fringe development in ecological ethics earlier (e.g. Land Ethics, Deep Ecology), it has become conventional to consider non-human publics a part of the policy network. This panel centers around the construction of climate change publics, focusing on the representations of climate for policy, and on the purifications, translations and visualizations at work in the process of picturing climate change. We particularly encourage papers from STS, visual studies and discourse theory. Representations of nature vary from nature as naïve reality to nature as a moral imperative, as artifice or as commodity. Throughout western history, nature has been pictured as a mostly independent entity, opposed to culture. In representations of climate change, such images return but require a more intricate work of what Latour calls ‘purification', as climate change concerns a particular entanglement of nature with culture, thereby polluting the ?bifurcation of nature'. The awarding of the Nobel peace prize to the IPCC indicates political and natural are intertwined around “climate”. Images of climate change often involve separating and then re-relating these spheres, and this panel investigates how that is done. In particular, we encourage papers investigating representations of climate change and global warming geared at a variety of forms of policy, ranging from (supra)national governmental policy to corporate policy images. One can also think of constructions of climate change by think tanks to those proffered by social movements, pressure groups and NGO's as well as its representations in the 2014 People's March for Climate Change or popular culture. This opens a particularly interesting field of representation, as “climate” is a construct assembled from a variety of variables and domains, relating experts in various fields to heterogeneous publics, using various techniques of visualization in a highly fragmented policy field.

Climate change, global warming, nonhuman publics

Sciences Po Lille  B2.16

SESSION 1 : 09/07/15 : 16:00-17:30
Chair: Mert Ayşem (, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

Assembling Climate Publics
Bulkeley Harriet ( Durham Uni., United Kingdom

The Good, the Bad and the Ambiguous: Making Sense of Different Representations of Climate Change as Security Issue
Von Lucke Franziskus (, Uni. of Tubingen, Germany

The Uses of Monitoring. The Growth of Global Climate Monitoring Systems
Schinkel Willem (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

SESSION 2 : 9/07/2015 : 17:45-19:15
Chair: Schinkel Willem (, Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Representations of the Climate Crisis in Online Video Games
Mert Ayşem (, University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany)

Contesting the inevitability of climate change: Climate warriors refuse to become climate refugees
Oels Angela (, Lund Uni., Sweden

A Parliament of Things, not of People: Should We give CO2 Voting Rights?
Simons Massimiliano,( KU Leuven (Belgium)

Agreeing to Disagree: The role of social media in climate change science communication
Vasileiadou Eleftheria ( Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
Bart Strengers, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), The Netherlands
Bart Verheggen, Amsterdam University College, The Netherlands
Marcel Crok


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