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Public lecture: Science, Politics & Climate Futures in Greenland

05.03.2020

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The Department of Culture & Social History invites everyone to a public lecture with cultural anthropologist Scott Schnur from Emory University in the US.

The public lecture is titled: "Science, Politics and Climate Futures in Greenland".

Greenland’s changing climate will have wide ranging global impacts, and every year hundreds of scientists from the US come to study the country’s environment. Upon arriving, they are surprised to find themselves thrust into a complex social landscape, unaware of Greenlandic history and unclear how to interact with the public or domestically based researchers.

While efforts are being made to increase communication, decolonize research, and make science in Greenland more useful for people across the country, these aspirations are often impacted by history, politics, and varying imaginations of Greenland’s future.

Presenting the preliminary findings from his doctoral research, Scott Schnur will discuss how ongoing tensions about colonialism, language, and historical understandings about the Arctic and its peoples shape scientific collaboration and communication in Greenland.

Drawing on interviews and observations carried out since 2017, Schnur will share the themes emerging from his research and demonstrate the important role that the study of Greenland can contribute to global discussions about climate change and our planet’s future.

Scott Schnur is visiting researcher at Ilisimatusarfik and a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Emory University (USA). He is a National Geographic Explorer, Contributing Editor to the Society for Cultural Anthropology, and has been conducting research in Nuuk, Kangerlussuaq, and Sisimiut since 2017.

His work focuses on Arctic climate science, exploring how knowledge production about the planet’s environment and future is impacted by culture and history.

  • When: 05 March 2020, at 19.00 - 21.00
  • Where: auditorium at Ilisimatusarfik
  • Language: The public lecture will be held in English

Afterwards there will be coffee / tea and cake - and time for questions and discussion.

Everyone is welcome.



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