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Privileged fear: Europe and the concern for environmental catastrophes [EnviroAnt]
Aet Annist (University of Tartu and Tallinn University)
Nina Moeller (Coventry University)
Thomas Hylland Eriksen (University of Oslo)
Network affiliated Panels
Time zone:
Wednesday 22 July, 8:30-10:15, 11:00-12:45

Short abstract:

We will consider how Europe as a region relatively sheltered from climate and environmental disasters deals with the increasing awareness of the potential of future crises: how do the privileged fear?What relations does this fear forge between groups within the region and with the rest of the world?

Long abstract:

Globally, climate change has already brought severe changes to some regions, as floods, droughts, ravaging fires, or hurricanes. Europe has so far remained a relatively sheltered region due to both climatic conditions as well as ability to respond to disasters. This panel seeks to analyse the gaze and actions of the privileged as they find themselves on the inside of their safe havens, looking out at the approaching danger. How does Europe - its people, political institutions, economic stakeholders - respond to clashing experiences of contained catastrophes and the strengthening conviction of future turmoil? We welcome empirically informed and/or theoretical discussions of the fears, hopes and responses in Europe in the face of increasing awareness of the environmental crises. From climate marches and eco-villages to innovative solutions, from survivalists and grieving groups to deniers, global North is in a very different position than the rest of the world when confronting danger as well as solutions. How does privilege impact affect? What do we fear differently? What views of others form when the border that separates "us" from "them" comes from relative climate safety and environmental dispossession? But also - what strata form in relation to having stakes in the future? Who is already affected within this relatively secure part of the world - from migrants to the poor and young people - and how? How can different groups afford to be afraid? What relations does this shelteredness and concomitant privileged fear forge between Europe and the world already affected?

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