Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Crisis Forum: Climate Change and Violence workshops

Crisis Forum: Climate Change and Violence workshop series,

Workshop 1: Climate Catastrophe, Where are we heading?
Friday 14 November 2008, University of Southampton

The forthcoming Crisis Forum workshop series opens on 14 November 2008 at the University of Southampton: the first of seven, one-day workshops to explore and interrogate the connections between accelerating anthropogenic climate change and the potentiality for violence in all its forms.

Anyone who has an interest in this area; academics, practitioners within NGOs and think-tanks, policy makers in government or business, journalists or independent researchers are invited to participate (subject to a limit on numbers).

This workshop will act as a primer for more specific interrogations of theme in subsequent workshops, and will introduce the background, implications and potentialities for violence writ-large, as a consequence of climate change, and/or likely human assumptions and responses ? military, political, economic, social, or technological ? to such change.

Each workshop is designed to enable plenty of time for interaction between speakers and other participants.

Outline of day:

Introduction: Why climate change and violence?
Dr. Mark Levene (Crisis Forum)

How bad is bad? What the science is telling us:
David Wasdell (Director, Meridian Programme) 'Climate Dynamics and the Potential for Violence in an Interconnected World'
Prof. Kevin Anderson (Tyndall Centre, University of Manchester) 'Reframing Climate Change: from long-term targets to emission pathways'

Climate Change and Security:
Prof. Paul Rogers (Peace Studies, University of Bradford)

Structural underpinnings of violence in an age of acute climate change:
Patrick Holden, CBE (Director, Soil Association), 'Food security'
Aubrey Meyer (Global Commons Institute), 'The Stern report and the economics of genocide'

Future shock:
Prof. Dave Webb, (Praxis Centre, Leeds Metropolitan University, and vice-chair CND), 'Geo-engineering and its implications'

An initial assessment: Final session roundtable.

Places are limited, so please register you intention to attend as soon as possible by contacting Marianne McKiggan, marianne@crisis-forum.org.uk

There will be a small registration fee of £30, cheques payable in advance please to ?Crisis Forum? to the address below (They may be payable on the day but only by prior arrangement). Concessionary places are also available on request to Marianne.

The full Climate Change and Violence project programme may be viewed online at http://www.crisis-forum.org.uk/events/ Practical information including travel to Southampton will follow for all participants.

Please feel free to forward this invite as appropriate to friends and colleagues.

Dr. Mark Levene
Crisis Forum project director.

Marianne McKiggan
Crisis Forum project coordinator.

Cheques payable to Crisis Forum
c/o Mark Levene
History Dept.
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton, S017 IBJ

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