Workshop on Historicizing Climate Change

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

Research Community on Communicating Uncertainty:

Science, Institutions, and Ethics in the Politics of Global Climate Change

 

Workshop on Historicizing Climate Change

May 2-3, 2014

219 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton University

Version of March 5, 2014

 

Organizers:

Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

Robert Socolow, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus, and Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University

AGENDA

[Provisional; timing slots and exact program order are still tentative. TBC: “to be confirmed.”]

 

Friday 2 May

 

I.                   Writing intellectual histories of climate change: perspectives and choices

 

2 May, 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 

Peder Anker, Associate Professor, New York University, Gallatin School of Individualized Study & Environmental Studies Program:

“The Economic Fix: The Norwegian Approach to Climate Change”.

 

Sverker Sörlin, Professor of Environmental History, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm

 

Discussants:

Syukuro Manabe, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

John McNeill, University Professor, Georgetown

 

Chair: Hendrik A. Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty

 

 

II.  Coming to terms with the future 

 

2 May, 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM

 

A. Conceptualization and communication about the future

 

Deborah Poskanzer, independent scholar: “Environmental Thought and Futurological Literacy:  Common Origins of an Idea”

Deborah Coen, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University

“Climates of Empire: Science and the Spatial Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe”

Discussants:

James Fleming, Colby College -TBC

V.  “Ram” Ramaswamy, Director, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

William Turner, Arizona State University – TBC

 

B. Normative questions: how can we value the future 

 

2 May, 2:15 – 4:00 PM

 

Katrina Forrester, Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College, Cambridge

“From Overpopulation to Intergenerational Justice: Thinking about the Future in

Anglo-American Political Philosophy in the 1970s”

 

Discussants:

Thomas Schelling, U Maryland

Jonathon Porritt, Director, Forum for the Future

 

Chair: Melissa Lane, Professor of Politics, Princeton University

 

III.  Limits of Quantification 

 

A.      The distinction between risk and uncertainty

 

2 May, 4:30 PM – 6:15 PM

 

Caley D. Horan, Lecturer in History, Princeton University – topic TBA

Jonathan Levy, Assistant Professor of History and John Maclean Jr., Presidential University Preceptor, Princeton University – topic TBA

 

Discussant:

William Clark, Harvard – TBC

William Nordhaus, Yale – TBC

Richard Somerville, UCSD

 

 

Saturday 3 May

 

Limits of Quantification continued

 

B.      Economics of climate change

 

3 May, 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM

 

Samuel Randalls, Lecturer in Human Geography, University College London, “Historicizing climate change as if economics mattered”

Francis Dennig, Postdoctoral Fellow, WWS / UCHV, Princeton University – TBC

 

Discussants:

Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton

Geoffrey Heal, Columbia – TBC

 

Chair:  Marc Fleurbaey, Robert E. Kuenne Professor in Economics and Humanistic Studies, Professor of Public Affairs and the University Center for Human Values

 

 

IV.  Present-day Equity

 

3 May, 11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

 

Sunil Amrith, Reader in Modern Asian History, Department of History, Classics & Archaeology, Birkbeck College, University of London – topic TBA

 

Discussant:

Jeremy Adelman, Walter Samuel Carpenter III Professor in Spanish Civilization and Culture, Princeton University

Sivan Kartha, Stockholm Energy Institute

Gus Speth, U Vermont

 

Chair: Robert Socolow, ? Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Emeritus, and Senior Research Scholar, Princeton University

 

Final thanks; close of conference: 1:00 PM

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