Indigenous, Rural and Traditional Forms of Knowledge: Incorporating Cultural Difference into Discussions of Climate Change, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Cultural Diversity

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Debates on indigenous and local knowledge have moved away from narrower perspectives concerned with cultural loss and referring indistinctively to different indigenous nations and cultures. Climate change adaptation and mitigation take place within cultures, but is also forced upon them.
This session examines broad issues of consultation, human and community rights, social justice and multi-cultural citizenship, discussing how risk is conceived, framed, and dealt with across cultures and societal diversity. Research or cases undertaken with or by indigenous and/or local communities are particularly welcome.
Session Organizer:
Shirley LASKA, University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology, USA
Kristina PETERSON, Lowlander Center, USA
Knowledge, Social Space and Climate Change: Cultural Differences in Handling Flood Risks in European Coastal Areas
Thorsten HEIMANN, Leibniz Institute for Research on Society and Space, Germany