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Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

COST Action - Climate change and migration Workshop

18th June 2013, 09:00 to 19th June 2013, 16:00, Holgate Room, Grey College, South Road, Durham

A two-day workshop entitled:

<span >Race, alterity and affect: rethinking climate change-induced migration and displacement.

We kindly ask that anyone interested in attending should register with Ellie Whittles (e.c.whittles@durham.ac.uk) in advance.

The aim of this workshop is thus to bring debates about climate change and migration broadly defined into dialogue with contemporary critical race theory and postcolonial theory. Recent interventions (Baldwin 2012; Baldwin forthcoming) have suggested that racialisation in the context of debates about climate change and migration unfolds through at least three interrelated tropes: naturalisation, the loss of political status, and ambiguity. This work also argues that given its historiographic emphasis, theories of the postcolonial appear to be insufficient for properly theorising the alterity of the climate change migrant, since the discourse on climate change and migration is written almost exclusively in the future-conditional tense. In contrast, others (Farbotko 2010) have very productively embraced theories of the postcolonial to interpret issues of climate change and mobility.

Contact e.c.whittles@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.