The Cultural Functions of Climate
The idea of climate has always fulfilled important psychological, cultural and political functions. Climate may be understood according to aggregated statistics of weather or apprehended more intuitively, as a tacit idea held in social memory. But however defined, “climate” establishes certain expectations about the possibility of stable and meaningful human action in the world. In this talk I offer evidence for this argument drawing upon the environmental humanities -- anthropology, literary and religious studies, environmental history and cultural geography, as I reflect on the reasons we might need to think differently in the Anthropocene about the idea of climate.
Seminar 3 of the 2018 Climate Change Seminar Series
Date: Thursday 1 February 2018
Venue: Plumb Auditorium, Christ's College, with a reception to follow (map)
Networking and drinks will follow.
Professor Mike Hulme, Professor of Human Geography
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