The Arts and Humanities Research Council and BRLSI are co-sponsoring a free event on Sunday February 27th in which two figures involved in the climate change debate will discuss the ways in which it is represented in fact and fiction. Framing climate change in science and literature. A conversation between Mike Hulme and Adeline Johns-Putra will begin with short presentations by the speakers on climate change and the ways it is debated in science and literature, followed by a discussion of similarities and differences.
Mike Hulme is Professor of Climate Change at the University of East Anglia and author of Why We Disagree About Climate Change. Understanding Controversy, Inaction, and Opportunity (Cambridge University Press 2009). From 2000-2007 he was Founding Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Prior to that he worked in the Climatic Research Unit at UEA, which later was at the heart of the Climategate scandal. He is a leading expert on representations of climate change in history and the media; how knowledge of climate change is constructed (especially through the IPCC), and the interactions between climate change knowledge and policy.
Dr Adeline Johns-Putra lectures in English at the University of Exeter. Adeline has published on landscape and the environment in nineteenth-century and contemporary literature, and is working on a major interdisciplinary project funded by the European Social Fund, ‘From Climate to Landscape: Imagining the Future’. She is writing a book about contemporary literary representations of climate change.
The event will be chaired by Dr Greg Garrard (Bath Spa University), and will include time for questions and contributions from the floor. It starts at 7.30pm, and admission is free.