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Denaturalizing Climate Change

The workshop "Denaturalizing Climate Change" de-centers Western perspectives and brings together critical viewpoints from social research.

In der Aufnahme ist ein Schild mit der Aufschrift "Kiribati Adaptation Project" zu sehen.

Today, while the reality of anthropogenic climate change is widely recognized, the different ways to tackle and cope with its consequences are highly debated. The concept of climate change adaptation has become central in the last decade. Particularly since the discursive refashioning of mitigation as adaptation in the climate change discourse of the first decade of this century, adaptation has come to be regarded as allegedly indispensable and as a supposedly neutral driver of action. Alternative points of view – e.g. perspectives including cultural diversity, environmental justice, human rights, postcolonial and intersectional perspectives – are often neglected.

The workshop "Denaturalizing Climate Change" de-centers Western perspectives and brings together critical viewpoints from social research.

The Workshop has two goals: First, we want to discuss the conceptualization of climate change adaptation used in academia as well as in international co-operation and climate change negotiations. Which ways of thinking are predetermined by notions such as adaptation, resilience, vulnerability and lately social innovation? Secondly, we want to gain insights into empirical research findings that analyze adaptation policies and projects on the ground. We are especially interested in emerging legal orders and institutions against the background of climate change, feminist approaches in adaptation research and knowledge politics that include postcolonial and indigenous perspectives.


Dr. Silja Klepp Senior Researcher Sustainability Research Center (artec) University of Bremen, Germany Tel: +49 (0)421 218 - 618 57 Fax: +49 (0)421 218 - 44 49 Email: klepp@uni-bremen.de

Dra. Libertad Chavez-Rodriguez Profesora-Investigadora CIESAS Noreste Programa Cátedras CONACYT para jóvenes investigador@s Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social Morelos 822 Ote, Barrio Antiguo 64000 Monterrey, Nuevo León, México Tel/fax: +52 (81) 19 300 500 Ext. 121 Email: libertadchavez@ciesas.edu.mx


The workshop takes part 28 - 30 September 2016 at CIESAS Pacífico Sur in Oaxaca City, Mexico


Please find here the call for papers.


Wednesday, 28.09.2016

18.00 - 21.00 Welcome, participant registration and open meeting in the Patio of Hotel Casantica (Welcome cocktail and snack from 18.00 to 21.00)

Thursday, 29.09.2016

until 8.30 Breakfast in the hotel

8.30 Shuttle to CIESAS Pacífico Sur

9.00 Opening of the conference / Official welcome and panel 1

Panel 1 – Climate Change policies and responsibilities Raoni Rajao "The making and unmaking of the North/South divide at the UN environmental negotiations" Jesús Manuel Macías Medrano "Climate change, disasters and responsibilities or the poverty of theory of 'adaptation'"

10.30 Coffee Break

11.00 Panel 2

Panel 2 – Conceptualizing adaptation Sara de Wit "A Clash of Adaptations" Susan Crate "Tracking the Complexity of Change in Mongolia" Kasia Paprocki "Threatening Dystopias: Regimes of Development and Climate Change Adaptation in Bangladesh" Astrid Ulloa "Gender and local perspectives to confront the carbonize nature and to locate relational ontologies"

13.00 Lunch break

14.30 Panel 3

Panel 3 – Emerging legal/(moral) orders Rebecca Monson "Relocation, regulatory pluralism and the spatialisation of difference in Solomon Islands" James Zion "Giving meaning to indigenous environmental justice as an approach to denaturalizing climate change" Caroline Compton "Epistemologies of climate adaptation: what does 'care for our common home’ mean?"

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 World Café Open panel (World Café about publication options, open questions regarding research field critical adaptation research)

18.00 Video presentation “Listening for the rain”, 22 Min.

18.30 Shuttle to the hotel

19.30 Dinner in Los Danzantes, Oaxaca City Center

Friday, 30.09.2016

8.30 Shuttle to CIESAS Pacifico Sur

9.00 Panel 4

Panel 4 – The political economy of Climate Change Summer Lewis "Adaptation from the 'Bottom Up': Climate Change and Smallholder Coffee Farmers Alejandra Navarro Smith "Vulnerability factors among cucapá fishers: climate change, fishery policies, cucapá fishers and the gulf corvina in the Upper Gulf of California" Luz Maria Vázquez "'We are fishers, we are not fish farmers, but the government wants us to become farmers': Climate change adaptation initiatives in coastal lagoon communities. Exploring some challenges"

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 Panel 5

Panel 5 – Local vs national vs global understandings of adaptation Daniel Morchain "Are so-called participatory approaches to climate change adaptation disguising the perpetuation of Western agendas and existing power structures?" Celia Ruiz de la Oña Plaza "Global discourses, local experiences on adapting to climate change: building an exploratory frame in the Mexican Southern Border" Alejandro Camargo "Spaces of life and abandonment: Adaptation, risk and dispossession in post-disaster Colombia" Ignacio Rubio Carriquiborde "Adaptation to CC and the anti-politics of development of tourism in Oaxaca’s coast"

13.00 Lunch break

14.00 Panel 6

Panel 6 – Power to the people - Indigenous and urban perspectives on Environmental justice Salvador Aquino Centeno "Challenging the contradictions of global policies to mitigate climate change: community governance, land and mining in Capulálpam, Oaxaca, Mexico" Filoteo Gomez Martínez "Bringing Home Academic Lessons about the Affective Logic of Video Activism: From Oklahoma to Oaxaca" Gabriela Merlinksy "Environmental justice and collective action in response to flooding in Buenos Aires. Challenging hegemonic constructions of adaptation to climate change." Alfredo Stein Heinemann "Challenging stereotypes of climate change vulnerability: asset adaptation in cities of Central America and the Caribbean"

16.00 Coffee break

16.30 Wrap up

17.00 Shuttle to San Pablo Cultural Center

17.30 Panel discussion open to the public: "Climate Change Adaptation in Oaxaca – critical perspectives from the social sciences”

20.15 Shuttle/Walk to Hotel

20.30 Closing of the conference, meeting in the Patio of Casantica with dinner for workshop’s participants