Experiencing Displacement in Hazardous Climates: Anthropological Perspectives 
Arne Harms (Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Senate House - Woburn Room
Start time:
28 May, 2016 at 16:30 (UTC+0)
Session slots:

Short Abstract:

This panel engages the displacement of populations by environmental degradations, weather and climate change related disasters from an ethnographic perspective. It aims at carving out what sets these apart from other forms of mobility, and what implication this has for conceptualizing the intersections of climate change and mobility.

Long Abstract

As the world is warming, weather variations, environmental degradations or disasters are predicted to translate into population displacement across the globe. This constellation is widely invoked in media and scholarly writing as a future condition, legal problem and often enough along xenophobic imageries regarding climate change scenarios. Within recent academic debates, movement is discussed as either successful or failed, as an exceptional or routine form of adaptation to it.

Yet we still know very little about how these displacements today play out locally. To address this gap, this panel focusses on displacement in a rather narrow sense. We are interested in understanding dynamics by which populations are ousted or expected to be ousted by the vagaries of weather and environment. Therefore, we seek empirically grounded papers looking at the ways, weather and climate related displacements are anticipated, lived through and negotiated among exposed populations.

We are particularly interested in how such displacements are incorporated into already existing registers of mobility in everyday lifeworlds. We welcome papers engaging the different temporal dimensions of displacement including socially mediated anticipations or afterlives. We ask individual papers to focus on the ways, these temporal dimensions shape present negotiations among affected populations.

We invite papers focusing on all geographic regions. We ask authors to critically reflect on methodological problems arising when researching the intersections of climate change, weather, environment and displacement.

For our panel, we propose the roundtable format based on pre-circulated papers. Each paper will be commented on by a designated discussant and then further explored by all participants.

Accepted papers: