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Sea-level rise in public science writing: history, science and reductionism
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3476-2567
2016 (English)Other (Other academic)
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In the past few years, a rush of literary non-fiction books have appeared that aim to explain the threat of rising seas to the public. In this talk Susanna Lindstrom critiques how sea-level rise is framed in many of those books, on two accounts. First, anthropogenic sea-level change is frequently framed by accounts of natural variations of sea level in earth history, focusing on geological rather than societal processes. Second, single and sudden floods are often used to exemplify sea-level rise in ways that draw attention away from incremental environmental change in favor of fast-paced but de-contextualized events. Lindstrom’s presentation argues that both these frames de-politicize sea-level rise and may steer public understanding and discussion away from relevant social, cultural and ethical considerations. As examples of climate reductionism, these depictions may obstruct rather than facilitate appropriate negotiations in response to predicted sea-level rise.

Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Department of Literature.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-187741OAI: diva2:931483

Invited presentation organised by the Transdisciplinary Ecocriticism group at University of California San Diego, 26 May.

QC 20160603

Available from: 2016-05-27 Created: 2016-05-27 Last updated: 2016-06-03Bibliographically approved

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