17 March 2022 | 4 p.m. | Higgins Lounge
Living in Climate Refuge
Speakers: Justin Hosbey (Assistant Professor, Emory University), Tessa Rose Farmer (Assistant Professor in the Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures Department and the Global Studies Program at the University of Virginia) and Caterina Scaramelli (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Boston University)
Climate activists often draw our attention to future climate catastrophes and project ever-growing numbers of refugees as a result. To be sure, the projected numbers are startling. This roundtable discussion, however, will focus on the present realities and historical evolution of climate refugees. Climate change has already forced increasing numbers of people to flee their homes due to natural disasters, droughts and other environmental changes. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), for instance, estimates that the number of people displaced by climate change-related disasters since 2010 has risen to 21.5 million– an estimate that only captures those cases that count as an international humanitarian issue. On a seemingly less dramatic level is the phenomenon of internal refugees and migration due to climate change. This panel brings together three scholars to discuss the relation of climate and refuge from three national case studies, post-hurricane New Orleans, water-scarce Cairo, and the Turkish Wetlands. The discussion will provide insights into how societies already live with and after man-made climate change and ongoing political catastrophes.
Sponsored by the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies