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Geoengineering: the geo-politics of planetary modification

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Dr Kathryn Yusoff - Organiser

2/05/2012

In the last few years geo-engineering has been transformed from a "wild-card" proposal into "Plan B" for tackling the effects of anthropogenic-induced climate change. This mini-workshop brings together speakers from geography,sociology, and the history of science to address the politics and histories of these rapidly developing technologies. Questions to be addressed will include: What does it mean to experiment at the level of the globe? What is the "nature" of the "geo" in geo-engineering? What kinds of "makings" are involved in engineering the stratosphere? And, what understandings of control and risk are being invoked in public discourses around geo-engineering? What are its cold war histories and contemporary technocultures? How are the "promises" of geo-engineering situated in understandings of ecological modernity and technological innovation? Presentations will seek to situate geo-engineering in its cultures, politics and histories, while speculating on whether geo-engineering represents a fundamentally new type of geo-politics.

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EventWorkshop
TitleGeoengineering: the geo-politics of planetary modification
Date2/05/122/05/12
CityLancaster University