Territory, Law and the Anthropocene, workshop at Warwick, 1 December 2017

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On 1 December 2017, the Territory subgroup of the ICE-LAW project will hold its second workshop, Territory, Law and the Anthropocene, in the Department of Politics and International Studies (Room E2.02) at University of Warwick (UK).

ICE LAW is both a question – do we need a law of ice, just as we have laws about territory on land and the UN convention on the Law of the Sea – and an acronym – Indeterminate and Changing Environments: Law, the Anthropocene, and the World. As such the project has broadened its focus to look at the interrelation of geophysical features of the Earth and legal-political questions more generally. This specific workshop thus contributes to ICE LAW’s work by looking at how specific territories are being transformed as a result of anthropogenic climate change – coastlines, mountains and glaciers, deserts and rivers. More generally it asks how do we need to rethink our way of theorising territory, and the legal-political regimes that govern it, in the light of these changes?

The format of the workshop will be of 20 minute presentations with lots of time for discussion, a longer presentation from the Italian Limes project, and then a closing roundtable with Dora Kostakopoulou, Phil Steinberg and Davor Vidas reflecting on the day’s presentations and how the themes connect to their work.

Programme

9.45am welcome

10-11.30am – Session 1: Law, Security and the Anthropocene (chair Klaus Dodds)

  • Nigel Clark (Lancaster Environment Centre) – The Paleopolitics of Climate Change
  • Madeleine Fagan (PAIS, University of Warwick) – Security in the Anthropocene: Environment, Ecology, Escape
  • Timo Koivurova (Law, University of Lapland) – What is the Role of International Law in Coping with Climate Change Consequences?

11.30am-12noon coffee

12noon-1pm – Session 2: Italian Limes project (http://www.italianlimes.net/) (chair Stuart Elden)

  • Marco Ferrari and Andrea Bagnato, Italian Limes: Mapping the Shifting Border across Alpine Glaciers

1-2pm lunch (speakers and discussants only)

2pm-3.30pm – Session 3: Shifting Territories (chair Phil Steinberg)

  • Isla Forsyth (Geography, University of Nottingham) – Genealogies of the desert: Imaginaries, Materialities and Mobilities of violence in the Second World War
  • Ingrid Medby (Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University) – The Arctic State in the Anthropocene: From Anthropolitics to Geopolitics and Back Again?
  • Klaus Dodds (Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London) – The Polar Regions strike back? Fissuring, Rising and Shrinking in International Law and Geopolitics

3.30pm-4pm coffee

4pm-5pm – Session 4: roundtable discussion (chair Stuart Elden)

  • Dora Kostakopoulou (Law, University of Warwick)
  • Phil Steinberg (Geography, Durham University)
  • Davor Vidas (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway/University of Leicester)

5pm – close/drinks

7pm – Dinner for speakers and discussants

The conference is open to all – further enquiries can be directed to the workshop convenor, Stuart Elden (stuart.elden@warwick.ac.uk).

Full details including abstracts here.

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