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      November 21, 2012

      Wednesday   2:00 PM

      Lewisham Way, New Cross
      New Cross, Greater London SE14 6NW

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      Towards a grounded and dynamic sociology of climate change adaptation: Imagination, affect, place and community

      Location: 326, New Academic Building

      How can we ground work on social adaptation to climate change in ecological realities—including the local—without losing sight of globality and global change? Starting with embodied emplacement in a world of increasing environmental risks and uncertainties, this paper envisages a big role for art practice and theory in being able to engage more imaginatively with uncertain futures. It suggests that a dynamic and multi-scale understanding of community formation can help to bridge the divide between the local and the global while Hannah Arendt’s work on ‘collective responsibility’ helps us contemplate the kinds of political communities we need to construct in order to avoid social division or fragmentation in the face of growing global challenges.

      Martin Mulligan, currently visiting Fellow at the Centre for Urban and Community Research, Goldsmiths, is Associate Professor in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, at RMIT University in Melbourne. In recent years Prof. Mulligan has completed several major studies for government and non-government agencies in Australia interested in the sustainability of local communities and he was a lead researcher on a four-year study of lessons to be learnt from attempts to rebuild local communities in the wake of the 2004 tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka and India (M. Mulligan and Y. Nadarajah Rebuilding Communities in the Wake of Disaster, Routledge 2012).

      Free. All welcome.

      Organised by: CUCR, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths.

      Cost: Free

      Categories: Education | University & Alumni

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