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Bringing culture into climate change in the South Pacific

Hannah presents her research in Fiji

Bringing culture into climate change in the South Pacific

In early May, UCL Geography PhD researcher Hannah Fair was invited to give two talks at the University of the South Pacific (USP), Laucala Bay campus, in Fiji.

She presented her research as part of the USP School of Social Sciences departmental seminar series, and the Pacific Studies Postgraduate Seminar Series hosted by the Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies.

Her first presentation, 'A third wave of climate discourse: positively and politically reframing climate change in the South Pacific', highlighted the dominance of 'drowning island' narratives in media accounts of small island states, and argued for a more empowering alternative discourse.

Her talk the following week, 'Bringing culture into climate change: three perspectives', identified various understandings of culture, as ‘threatened’ by climate change, as a quality of societies possibly ‘inhibiting’ action, or as an ‘enabling’ source of action in the battle against climate change.

The presentations were delivered as the final stage of Hannah's three month Overseas Institutional Visit to USP, generously funded by the UCL Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC).

See:

http://www.usp.ac.fj/fileadmin/files/oceania_centre_for_arts_culture_and_pacific_studies/docs/Bringing_Culture_into_climate_changesa_Rez.jpg


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Hanna at USP


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