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Steering Committee meeting 1: November 10, 2010

November 11th, 2010 by Core Group

Our first Steering Committee was convened in the Nihon room, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge on November 10, 2010. The committee includes Professor Tim Ingold, Professor Roy Ellen, Professor Caroline Humphrey, Professor Simon Schaffer, Professor Hans Graf, and Dr Michael Bravo. To read our Interim report: InterimReportPDF Issues discussed included progress-to-date against the aims and […]

Climate change in Africa: interdisciplinary research

November 4th, 2010 by Core Group

Political ecology of climate change in Africa This pilot course will allow a range of academics and graduate students across diverse disciplines in Cambridge to explore critically the incidence, consequence and response to climate change in Africa, with a view to developing a major research collaboration in Cambridge on this timely and important subject as […]

Oct 16, 2010 workshop: cross-disciplinary uptake of cultural knowledge

October 17th, 2010 by Core Group

At the October 16, 2010 workshop, I examined the methodological challenges concerning the reliability of empirical data based on cultural knowledge/local narratives – and the take-up of qualitative analysis based on that data – across the social and natural sciences. I used my PhD (social anthropology) fieldwork on Tibetan calendars, the political and local knowledge […]

Internal work-in-progress workshop outcomes: October 16, 2010

October 17th, 2010 by Core Group

Our second event, a one-day work-in-progress workshop mainly with the Cambridge core group and a selection of early career researchers in the main, met in the Social Anthropology department for the day, on Saturday. Its aims were to examine further the methodological challenges arising in communicating cultural knowledge of environmental change, in relation to specific […]

Festival of Ideas: from the Fenlands to the Himalayas and beyond …

October 4th, 2010 by Core Group

Part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas, this will be a great event to attend on Wednesday 20 October, 5.30–6.30pm at the Mill Lane Lecture Rooms CB2 1RW: Open the PDF here: FestOfIdeasPDF Stories from Alaska, Borneo, Hawaii, Mexico, Mongolia, Tibet and the fenlands of East Anglia. Anthropological studies from across the world, the people, […]

Internal work-in-progress workshop: October 16, 2010

October 1st, 2010 by Core Group

This workshop will be held on October 16th, 2010 in the Seminar Room, Dept of Social Anthropology, 9.30am-3.30pm. If you would like to attend but have not received an email invite, please get in touch with Libby (eaup2) at MIASU. For the workshop schedule, click here: OctWorkshopScheduleOct16,2010PDF The workshop will be attended by the Cambridge core group […]

Lessons & Limits of Climate History …

September 29th, 2010 by Core Group

Time-depth is often a critical factor for the integrity of climate change data. The George C. Marshall Institute, which conducts technical assessments of scientific developments has published a paper where it states that the available scientific evidence does not support the repeated claim that the climate of the 20th century was unusual in comparison with those […]

How do Climate Models Gain and Exercise Authority?

September 29th, 2010 by Core Group

On September 28, 2010 Professor Mike Hulme from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia spoke on climate models as part of the CRASSH conference Challenging Models in the Face of Uncertainty. Earlier in the month (Sept 8), he analysed the role of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and said that […]

Water & climate change in South India

September 25th, 2010 by Core Group

With thanks to Surya Coapy-Smith …. Although I am looking at climate histories on the Qinghai plateau in Tibet, it’s recently come to my attention how crucial the link is between what’s happening with water and the rivers up on the Tibetan plateau and how climate change there is affecting the monsoon and bird migration […]

Have you heard about CORE?

August 18th, 2010 by Core Group

CORE stands for Creative Research into the Environment. It’s a Scottish-based project (COREOutlinePDF) and they don’t have any web-presence yet but I’ll keep you posted. They would welcome any members of the Cambridge core group at their first informal meeting in Edinburgh on 8 Sep 2010 (COREMeeting8Sep2010PDF) and their forum in Orkney (COREOrkneyForumPDF) which is on 19-25 Sep 2010, to start discussion and get things moving. […]