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Understanding Weather Relations

1st April 2020, 10:00 to 16:00, Institute of Medical Humanities Seminar Room (Room CA201)

An interdisciplinary seminar to discuss the taking place of health and wellbeing through life's varied and fluctuating weather worlds.

The weather has substantial impacts on health and wellbeing, from extreme events causing injury and mortality, to subtle impacts on physical activity and mood. Despite growing awareness of these health impacts, far less is known about how people relate to the weather - how they understand, ascribe meaning, experience, and respond to their ‘weather worlds’ which are always in the making.

This matters because the ways in which people develop emotional attachments and inhibitions to weather, and how they sense and comprehend meteorological processes, offers insight into larger social and environmental processes. To that end, the notion of ‘weathering’ describes socially, culturally, politically and materially differentiated bodies in relation to the materiality of place, across the thickness of historical, geological and climatological time (Neimanis & Hamilton, 2018).

Funded by the Wellcome Trust and partnered with the IMH ‘Researching Experience’ series, this interdisciplinary seminar will combine presentations with interactive and exploratory discussions around opportunities to better engage with the taking place of health and wellbeing through life’s varied and fluctuating weather worlds.

Speakers include:
Professor Jennifer Mason (School of Social Sciences, University of Manchester), Dr Barry Sheils (Department of English Studies, Durham University), Luke Jerram (Artist), Dr Russell Hitchings (Department of Geography, University College London), with contributions from Dr Tonya Rooney (School of Education, Australian Catholic University), introduced and convened by Dr Cassandra Phoenix (Department of Sport & Exercise Sciences, Durham University).

Places are very limited, but we are holding a number of places specifically for research postgraduate students and early career researchers. To apply for one of these places please send a short statement of less than 100 words outlining why you are interested in this workshop and what you hope to gain from attending to:

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