Follow this link for info on a great looking conference from the humanities on climate change

Thanks to Katherine Jones and Susan Ruddick via Crit Geog Forum



“This is an unusual conference in two respects. First, because it approaches the issue of climate change from the perspective of the humanities, rather than, as might be expected, from that of the sciences. Second, it is also more than a little unusual because of the conference format: it is an international academic conference with over 50 speakers from eight countries, yet it has a nearly nonexistent carbon footprint. Had this been a traditional fly-in conference, our slate of speakers would have had to collectively travel over 300,000 miles, generating the equivalent of over 100,000 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the process. This is equal to the total annual carbon footprint of 50 people living in India, 165 in Kenya. A conference that takes up the issue of climate change while simultaneously contributing to the problem to such a degree would be simply unconscionable.

In contrast, we took a digital approach. Because the conference talks and Q&A sessions reside on this website (the talks are prerecorded; the Q&As interactive), travel was unnecessary. Scroll down for links to the opening remarks, the four keynote talks, and the fourteen panels, each of which has three talks and its own Q&A. As these are all standard features of a traditional conference, our hope is that the online experience will be relatively intuitive. Please watch as many of the talks as you like at your convenience and feel free to pose questions in the various Q&A sessions (register here), which are similar to online forums and which will be open from May 3-24, 2016. These Q&A sessions are of central importance to this conference, as they allow speakers and other participants to meet and interact. As with any academic conference, our goal is to help establish relationships and to build a community. In this case, since travel has been removed from the picture, we hope this community will be both diverse and global.

In order to make them as accessible as possible, the talks can also be viewed on YouTube, which provides an important service: voice-recognition software that automatically generates closed captioning for the talks. While the accuracy is by no means perfect, closed captioning nonetheless provides an important option for deaf or hard of hearing individuals. The talks are also available as audio podcasts on SoundCloud, which makes them easy to listen to on the go. More importantly, our SoundCloud conference playlist brings all of the talks together in one relatively convenient place for the blind or visually impaired. Podcasts are available on the SoundCloud website, as well as through free iOS and Android apps for mobile devices.

The Environmental Humanities Initiative (EHI) at the University of California Santa Barbara is the coordinator of this conference, which is housed on the EHI website. While here, please feel free to explore the EHI site, perhaps starting with our Intro and Home pages.”



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