Call for Abstracts: Session "Climate sciences framing climate change debates (1970s – 2000s)" - ESHS Conference, Barcelona 2024

Session Title: Climate sciences framing climate change debates (1970s-2000s).

Session Organizer: Carolina Granado (iHC, UAB)

Conference details: Science, Technology, Humanity, and the Earth. 11th ESHS Conference 4-7 September 2024, Barcelona (Spain)

Session Description:

Climate change is a global challenge with profound scientific, social, and political implications. At the heart of the climate change discourse lie different sciences (climatology, meteorology, chemistry, oceanography, geology, glaciology, …) which have significantly influenced the way we understand, discuss, and respond to this critical issue. This session invites scholars and researchers to contribute to a historical exploration of the ways in which different climate sciences have shaped academic and public climate change debates.

Contributions may address topics including, but not limited to, the following: 
  • Climate Models and Predictions: Analyse the role of climate models and predictions in the understanding of the climate change issue and its political sresponses. Examine paradigm shifts in modelling and their impact on climate change understanding.
  • Climate Communication and Public Engagement: Explore the strategies employed by scientists, experts, and organizations to communicate climate science and engage the public.
  • Places: Explore different places in which the science of climate change has been developed, with special attention to the research done outside classic research structures and academia (NGOs, corporations, …).
  • Climate Change Assessments: Engage discussions on the epistemological and political role of assessments in framing climate change debates, policy, and public perception. Discuss different assessment models that have been implemented in the past.
  • Studies on Impacts, Mitigation, and Adaptation: Examine the development of knowledge about the ecological and socio-economic impacts of climate change. Discuss different scientific discourses about mitigation and adaptation.
  • Policy and Decision-Making: Discuss how climate science has influenced climate-related policies, international agreements, and decision-making processes.
  • Disciplinary Tensions and Interdisciplinary Approaches: Analyse the tensions between different scientific disciplines in the climate change debates. Highlight interdisciplinary collaborations and approaches that bridge climate science with other fields, such as economics, sociology, and ethics, in shaping climate change discussions.

Submission Guidelines:

Please submit your paper abstract (250-300 words) along with a brief author biography (150 words) to Carolina Granado by 15th November.

Proposals that foster gender–equality and diversity, including researchers with various institutional affiliations, at diverse stages of their professional careers, with different geographical origins, and from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged.

For more information about the conference and to submit your abstract, please visit the conference website.