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Approaching climate change adaptation: challenges, knowledge, practices I 
Sophie Elpers (Meertens Institute, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Michaela Fenske (Universität Würzburg)
Silja Klepp (Kiel University)
Arnika Peselmann (Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg)
Domenica Farinella (University of Messina)
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Panel Roundtable
Tuesday 22 June, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+3)

Short Abstract:

The panel and roundtable discuss approaches to climate change adaption. The focus is on knowledge in its diverse forms and manifestations, knowledge transfers, hierarchies of knowledge and resulting everyday practices, narrations and materializations of climate change adaptions.

Long Abstract

The panel and roundtable will discuss approaches to climate change adaptation. The focus will be on knowledge in its diverse forms and manifestations, knowledge transfers and hierarchies of knowledge related to climate change. In which everyday practices, narrations and materializations of climate change adaptation do those result?

The integration of diverse forms of knowledge - from local knowledge, tacit and explicit knowledge, to the knowledge of (natural) scientists, engineers and policymakers - is considered as crucial for the success of sustainable climate change adaptation, however it is also described as precarious and difficult (Nightingale et al., 2020). Ethical questions, legal conceptions, societal inequalities and power relations come into view. The panel and roundtable aim to get a better understanding of those dynamics.

For the panel we are looking forward to contributions on case studies. The roundtable will post more general questions about climate change adaptation and knowledge. What can ethnological knowledge contribute? How can research projects integrate everyday knowledge and provide participation from the very beginning? Which opportunities does artistic research offer? What are the configurations of knowledge and power we can observe. We invite short provocations/presentations in order to stimulate the discussion.

This panel+roundtable is meant on the one hand to gather different anthropological perspectives employed in this research field and to reflect upon the diverse experiences that are made by colleagues working in this realm. On the other hand, we wish to generate opportunities for networking to enhance future collaborations.

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