With Alice Bell, Kooj Chuhan & François Gemenne
Evening Salon / Thurs 28 Mar / 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Join our Full Circle Debate to hear a thought-provoking discussion with three prominent thinkers, and contribute to a dynamic conversation between our speakers and other engaged audience members.
The picture of lonely polar bears amid melting ice caps has been in our collective understanding of climate change for a long time now, but that image might need to change very soon. Climate change is here now, concerning all of us everywhere and not just isolated polar fauna. The next image of climate change - one we can probably better relate to - might be that of a crowd of people leaving their homes for a safer land as the latest hurricane has irredeemably swept away their previously untouched corner of the earth. Is this too much to imagine? The thing is, climate change knows no borders and nor does migration.
Climate migration remains one of the least understood phenomena today, despite the fact that climate change is set to reshape the patterns of migration globally. The last session of our triptych series on borders and future migration aims to come to grips with all this - by bringing together different perspectives, from the arts world to environmental scientists.
FULL CIRCLE DEBATES feature compelling conversation on the hot issues of our time, bringing together accomplished speakers and an active, challenging audience.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Alice Bell, a trained historian of science, first caught the climate change bug when she was tasked with setting up an undergraduate course on the topic back in 2011. She later started telling stories in the history of climate and energy as part of a walking tour she ran with friends and in 2017 developed it into a series of web-based non-fiction short stories. Alice is now Head of Communications at the climate charity 10:10 in the UK and previously worked as an academic and writer specialising in the politics of science, technology and medicine. She has degrees in history of science, sociology of education, and science communication. As an academic she has worked at Imperial College, UCL, City University and Sussex. As a journalist, she’s written for a range of publications including the Guardian, Open Democracy, the Observer, the Times, Times Higher, Research Fortnight, Al Jazeera, China Dialogue, Red Pepper and the Wellcome Trust’s Mosaic magazine.
Kooj Chuhan is a digital artist, filmmaker, creative producer and activist. He was born in Punjab, India but has lived in the UK most of his life. He has worked with international artists and with numerous local communities, has exhibited widely and has gained an award for digital arts connecting refugees with climate change. He is the founder of Virtual Migrants artists collective, and has also co-founded the Black Arts Alliance. With his company, Metaceptive Projects & Media, Chuhan’s work explores social justice, environment, diversity and radical perspectives. ‘Footprint Modulation’ is his latest environmental art exhibition. He also lectured in filmmaking, worked in schools and with youth groups, and served on the board of the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool, UK.
François Gemenne is a FNRS senior research associate at the University of Liège and a specialist of environmental geopolitics and migration dynamics. His research deals mostly with environmental and migration governance. He has worked in particular with populations displaced by environmental changes, including natural disasters, and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, Tuvalu, China, Kyrgyzstan, the Maldives, Mauritius and Japan, after the Fukushima disaster. He has been involved in a large number of international research projects on these issues. In 2015, he was recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue research at Princeton University. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.