Monday, October 15, 2007

Cultures of climate change

On 22 October I am offering the first talk in a series organised by CRASSH in Cambridge on “the cultures of climate change”.

Under the title Klaatu barada nikto: climate change and other acts of imagination, I will argue that a combination of two stances -- 1) 'precision and responsibility' [the phrase is Elias Canetti's in an essay cited by W G Sebald], and 2) subtlety and distance -- can best serve artistic, literary and critical actors as they consider climate change in relation to other challenges and the big questions “What can I know? What should I do? What may I hope?”

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