CfP - SLSA - Climate Change, Climate Refugees and Civic Engagement - 11/9-11/12/17 - Tempe, AZ - abstract due 5/6/17

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Conference: Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA)

November 9-12, 2017

Hosted by Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ


Climate Change, Climate Refugees and Civic Engagement

          Climate Change and the recent increase in refugees are arguably two of the most important contemporary issues. Given the U.S.'s planned withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, cuts to the EPA and surging support for the fossil fuel industry, this trajectory is forecast to continue to loom at the forefront, as it has in Europe for years.

This panel focuses on how climate change informs the increase of refugees. And it considers how art and media - including but not limited to public installations, video projections and performative interventions - engages with the twin phenomenon of climate change and climate refugees. We are particularly interested in papers that discuss work that is public and that constitutes civic engagement.

            This proposed panel presents public installations that exemplify civic engagement with climate change and climate refugees with a focus on Europe. The panel's speakers will discuss how work that rests at the intersection of the arts, science and civic engagement. Cutting across disciplines, the panel will present the political dimensions of the arts and media, and of public expression focused specifically on climate change and on climate refugees. The panel aims to further public dialogue by framing and re-framing perceptions of climate change impacts and their relationship to the ongoing refugee crisis.

Please send 250 word abstracts and 100 word bio, highlighting current position, grants and publications related to the CfP, by Saturday, May 6, 2017 to both

Christina Gerhardt, Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa, at

and to Joela Jacobs, Assistant Professor, University of Arizona at