This online keynote lecture, hosted by the Scottish Arts and Humanities Association (SAHA) and the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, was delivered by Julia Corbett (University of Utah) to discuss the importance of the arts and humanities in communicating and addressing the climate crisis.
The climate emergency is a crisis of culture, not science or solutions. Separating from fossil fuel culture requires navigating and reimagining the transition to a new energy culture. The arts and humanities are well-suited to engaging emotions, storytelling, and recognizing interdependency with the world. A framework for arts and humanities research and action is presented.
In Julia’s words
Julia’s talk was followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Michelle Bastian, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the Edinburgh College of Art.
The lecture was part of SGSAH’s ongoing GREEN/GRADUATE initiative that includes a series of events timed to coincide with COP26 in Glasgow.
Julia Corbett is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication and Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, now living in Corvallis, Oregon. She writes about human relationships with the living world, exploring the profound influence of human culture on our deep interdependencies with Others. She has authored four books, including Communicating the Climate Crisis: New Directions for Facing What Lies Ahead (Lexington Books, 2021), and Out of the Woods: Seeing Nature in the Everyday (University of Nevada Press, 2018).
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