Climate change is arguably the most serious threat to humanity that we face—a real phenomenon which could change our planet forever and visit upon us weather changes and events of biblical proportions. So why do we largely ignore it by living in a numbed state of perpetual cognitive dissonance?
As many despair in the absence of any real leadership or political will to instigate required changes what can be done? It is little wonder that psychological effects such as eco anxiety and climate depression are becoming more commonplace.
This symposium sought to explore how creative and often misunderstood apocalyptic philosophy can make sense of, and is present in, our contemporary reality; and how it can interpret how we got here and what can be done.
Day 1 "Climate and Apocalypse" 29 June 2017
Keynote Speaker: David Livingstone, School of Geography, Archaeology & Palaeoecology, Queen's University Belfast: "Our Past and Our Future: Is the Weather to Blame?"
Rupert Read, Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia, and Chair of Green House. “Seeding a civilisation to succeed this one”
Michael Svoboda, The George Washington University, Washington, DC: “Cine-atheisia: Hollywood’s Godless Climaticlysms.”
Stefan Skrimshire, School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds (recorded): “What’s bad about Doomsday?”
Paul Reid - Bowen, Senior Lecturer in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics Bath Spa University: “The Cthulhucene Now! An Apocalyptic Myth for an Age of Climatic Horror.”
Shailen Popat, University of Oxford: “Climate and Apocalypse - a Repeated End; a Repeated Beginning”
Earl Harper, University of Bristol: “Which Apocalypse do We Want?: An Exploration of the Post-Politics of Climate Change Apocalyptic Urbanism.”
Zeke Baker (Presenter) / John Hall, University of California, Davis: "Antinomies of Apocalypse: Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the Temporal Deconstruction of Climatic Imaginaries"
Day 2 "Climate and Apocalypse" 30 June 2017
Keynote Speaker: Michael Ruse, Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida: “The Gaia Hypothesis: Is It Really Such a Silly Idea?”
Ryan Bird, University of Oklahoma: “Sonic Attunement as a Remedy to Apocalyptic Climate Change Exhaustion”
Graham Harvey, The Open University: “Between trauma and justice: Indigenous knowledges of Climate Change.”
Katharina Gerstenberger, University of Utah: “Anxiety in the Anthropocene: Climate Change in Literary Fiction.”
Richard Irvine, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge: “Dust: on climate fatalism.”
Tristan Sturm (Presenter), Queen’s University Belfast and Nicholas Lustig, University of Buffalo: “Competing Environmental Apocalypses: Post-Politics and the Possibility of a Radical Apocalyptics.”
Ariel Hessayon, Senior Lecturer & Deputy Head of Department of History Goldsmiths, University of London: “The linkage between extreme weather events and Parker's thesis of a general crisis.”
Some audience comments:
"Most valuable and informative, stimulating and greatly relevant"
"Very interesting and enlightening"
"Thought provoking, exciting, inspiring. It's given me so many new philosophies to investigate"
"A really wide range of viewpoints made it stimulating. Excellent."
"Good mixture of presentations from a variety of disciplines, feels insightful and a good representation of the field"
"Stimulated--a great place to think"
"Excellent, A rare opportunity to share this level of discussion on our doorstep"
"I really enjoyed it. Good presenters, good questions, great setting, well organised"
"Very good post speaker discussions"
"Very powerful and capable presenters"
"Widened my views"
"Diverse and fascinating"
"Excellent, informative, challenging, vibrant"
"It is so useful to have an agency address all sides and aim at the centre"