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Montagskolloquium im Sommersemester 2022

Reckoning with Disaster

Montagskolloquium

Kate Rigby (Universität zu Köln):

Reckoning with Disaster: Sciences, Histories, and Imaginaries for Pyrophytic Times

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Kate Rigby (Universität zu Köln):

Reckoning with Disaster: Sciences, Histories, and Imaginaries for Pyrophytic Times


It has become abundantly clear over the past few years that global warming, currently estimated at around 1.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, is already driving an escalation of extreme weather events worldwide. As the planet continues to warm, more frequent and intense extremes will put increasing pressure on those affected, human and otherwise, demanding significantly enhanced disaster preparedness and improved strategies for risk reduction, recovery, and radical resilience (resilience, that is to say, which entails endeavours to transform the socio-ecological conditions underpinning such disasters). In this talk, I will bring perspectives from the environmental humanities to bear on the challenge of reckoning with the growing risk of wildfires, which could increase by as much as fifty percent by the end of the century, potentially ravaging areas previously unknown to burn. Focussing in particular on Australian fire ecologies, histories and imaginaries, I will consider how different sciences (both Western and Indigenous) can be conjoined with environmental histories, oral narratives, and creative works, in order to reckon with our increasingly pyrophytic times in ways that could also provide a model for improved disaster preparedness for those facing other kinds of hazards elsewhere.

Über Kate Rigby:
https://mesh.uni-koeln.de/humboldt-professor-kate-rigby

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