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CFP: Panel on Weather and Atmosphere at RAI conference 2016

CFP: Panel on Weather and Atmosphere at RAI conference 2016
03 November 2015 - 08 January 2016

Call for Papers for a panel convened by Tim Ingold and Arctic Domus team member Sara Asu Schroer at the 2016 Royal Anthropological Institute conference

Panel: “Life in atmospheric worlds: everyday knowledge and perception of weather”

Abstract: Anthropological studies have so far paid little attention to the weather and the atmospheric conditions in which life is lived. One reason might be that atmospheric phenomena, such as weather, are difficult to grasp within existing theoretical frameworks, troubling boundaries of the material and the immaterial, time and temporality, as well as perceiver and the perceived. It is our contention that a focus on the currents of weather and the atmospheric can contribute to a more nuanced understanding of how people in different contexts experience themselves and the worlds in which they live. Contributors to this panel, then, are invited to investigate the relevance of weather in everyday life and to pay attention to how the lives of both humans and other creatures are bound up with the movements and influences of weather and atmospheric conditions. We are interested in questions of: How do people conceptualise and understand weather and atmospheric conditions? What role do kinetic, somatic and sensory factors play in the experience of weather? Can weather be understood as an object of perception? How does weather relate to particular places and practices? How might a focus on weather change our understandings of materiality and time?

Convenors: Tim Ingold and Sara Asu Schroer (University of Aberdeen)

Deadline: 8th January 2016

The panel is part of the RAI conference “Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change”, 27 to 29 May 2016, British Museum, London. You can submit your paper proposal through the conference homepage.

In case you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch using this email address, s.schroer@abdn.ac.uk.



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