Organizers: Jennifer Bates, Adam S. Green
“The landscapes that sustain us are never fixed and unchanging. Anthropology matters because it provides the best set of tools for understanding how we forge enduring landscapes in the face of variable and dynamic environments. Policy makers need this understanding, as the ways in which we have forged these landscapes has varied greatly in time and space. Particularly important in this regard is our perception of environmental predictability and variability, a frame that shapes all forms of social interaction. Our knowledge of a dynamic and anthropogenic environment contributes a wide range of opportunities for people to make resilient landscapes, prompting the invention of new forms of social interaction that vary greatly in time and space. These perceptions contribute to social choices with direct effects on the resilience of our landscapes. In this session, we invite contributors to present new research that connects human understandings of environmental variability to long term perspectives on climate change and resilience. We are particularly interested in studies that explore the emergent dynamics of perceptions of change on individual, generational, and long-term temporal scales. How does knowledge of environmental change transform at differing scales? And what does this mean for policy-makers?”
Session to be held at the American Anthropological Association meetings in Washington D.C. between Nov. 29 and Dec. 3, 2017.
Updated September 6, 2017.