Wednesday, January 18, 2012


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: ICARUS III:“Scales, Frameworks and Metrics”

The Initiative on Climate Adaptation Research and Understanding through the Social Sciences (ICARUS) is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the third ICARUS meeting to be held at Columbia University from Thursday May 17 through Sunday May 20, 2012. ICARUS-III follows on the highly successful ICARUS-I and II meetings organized at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. The theme of the ICARUS-III meeting is “Scales, Frameworks and Metrics.”

ICARUS III Theme “Scales, Frameworks and Metrics”

Climate change is caused, takes place, and is responded to on multiple temporal, geographical, social, political and economic scales. How do social sciences frame and study climate change phenomena across scales? How do metrics enable, shape and limit discourse and action, including policies and programs? At ICARUS III we aim to place our particular concerns – whether about networks and institutions or discourses and identities, in multi-scalar framings and in multi-scaled context. We are conscious as well of the time scales, and frameworks, that have emerged as a result of the Durban COP and of the Occupy movements. The panel themes listed at the end of this message are suggestive. The ICARUS III organizers will use them to help organize independent papers into panels.

List of ICARUS III Panel Themes

  1. Networking organizations to support adaptation
  2. Adaptation policy and financing in a post-Kyoto world
  3. The emperor’s new clothes: the lack of validation of climate adaptation metrics, and what to do about it
  4. Adaptation talk: the spread of the term “adaptation” beyond major UN languages
  5. Adaptation and time scale: the forces that shape the time horizons of adaptation efforts
  6. Integrating climate data into adaptation plans and projects
  7. The coordination and spread of adaptation plans and programs among cities
  8. Adaptation, water and scale
  9. Climate change and identity politics in the Arctic, low-lying islands and other sites of vulnerability
  10. REDD dawn: Climate change, land grabs, and the commodification of nature
  11. Causal structures of vulnerability
  12. Adaptive development and sustainable adaptation
  13. The triple win: adaptation, mitigation and sustainable adaptation
  14. Rights, resources and representation under a changing sky
  15. Occupy the sky: climate as public space

More information.

Deadline: February 28, 2012

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