Selected keynote presentations during the international conference on Human Migration and the Environment at Durham University www.durhamconference.eu will be webcast live! You will NOT need any special software to view them, as long as you can watch YouTube videos on your computer, tablet or smartphone then you can watch the webcasts.
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Professor David Held, Monday 29th June at 9.30am GMT.
“Climate change, migration and the cosmopolitan dilemma.” David is author of more than 60 written or edited books and of an extensive number of academic articles on democracy, democratsation, globalisation, global governance and global policy – over a 25-year period.
Prof. Wendy Brown, Monday 29th June at 4.45pm GMT.
“What are the intensifications of humanism that intersect the more familiar crises of humanism in the political topography of the Anthropocene? This paper attempts a rough mapping of this domain.”
Wendy is best known for intertwining the insights of Marx, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud, Frankfurt School theorists, Foucault, and contemporary Continental philosophers to critically interrogate formations of power, political identity, citizenship, and political subjectivity in contemporary liberal democracies.
Prof. Claire Colebrook, Tuesday 30th June at 4.45pm GMT.
“Much of the popular culture that has started to register the thought of the Anthropocene depicts the entire human species as being subjected to refugee status, as being displaced from their proper milieu and in need of a new home. Such a depiction veils another light in which climate change might be viewed: rather than say that climate change has caused many to become refugees, it would be more accurate to say that what too often presents itself as ‘humanity’ has been enabled by causing many others to become climate refugees, and that the stable climate ‘we’ appear to have lost was stable only because others paid the price of having no refuge.”
Claire has published numerous works on Gilles Deleuze, visual art, poetry, queer theory, film studies, contemporary literature, theory, cultural studies and visual culture. She is the editor (with Tom Cohen) of the Critical Climate Change Book Series at Open Humanities Press.
Dr Elizabeth Ferris, Weds 1st July at 9.00am GMT.
“Climate change is expected to lead to increased human mobility in the forms of migration, displacement and planned relocation of communities as areas become uninhabitable because of the effects of global warming. While considerable attention has been directed toward the first two categories – particularly from humanitarian actors and migration specialists – the third form of movement has received much less attention. Most of the experience with planned relocation of communities has occurred in the context of development projects. This paper seeks to contribute to the discussion on mobility and climate change by focusing on planned relocations of communities as an adaptation to climate change.”
As the co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement, Beth Ferris focuses on the international community’s response to humanitarian crises, with a particular emphasis on the human rights of internally displaced persons. Her most recent book is “The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011).