Special Issue "Migration and Conflict in a Global Warming Era: A Political Understanding of Climate Change"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2019).
In recent years, we have witnessed a growing understanding of the effects of global warming, including insights on associated social phenomena as well as the multidimensional and far-reaching political effects of anthropogenic climate change, such as climate induced human mobility or climate-related conflicts over the distribution of and access to natural resources. The ensuing debates have yielded varying effects. Securitization discourses and anti-migration policies are gaining strength, mainly in the Global North, while empirical findings have shown that environmental migration entails mostly South–South movements, internal displacement, immobility, and trapped populations. Furthermore, environmental migration is often linked to intersectional discrimination. Conflicts linked to climate change are mostly, but not exclusively, non-violent, and climate change effects are not usually singular drivers of conflict, but inseparable from socio–political and economic dynamics.
For these reasons, the proposed Special Issue aims to draw attention to underrepresented research perspectives and to second order effects of the political dimensions of climate change. Second order effects can be observed in new configurations of North–South interactions and of international cooperation. Climate change politics and international cooperation are increasingly exploring the possibilities of climate change as a new tool of governance (Klepp and Chavez-Rodriguez 2018), investing growing funds in climate related interventions, such as adaptation and mitigation. The political implications of climate change policies, adaptation or mitigation interventions are often neither recognised nor transparent. Power relations on the ground and local knowledge are rarely taken into consideration. This can lead to shifting power relations, and in the worst case, it can weaken the most vulnerable. Here, we suggest to analyse the asymmetrical knowledge production, the hidden ontologies of climate interventions and the power–knowledge nexus in the field of climate science, international cooperation and climate finance.
In this Special Issue, we invite papers—particularly by scholars from the Global South— that explore the underrepresented aspects of the political dimensions of global warming. This includes, but is not limited to, post-colonial and decolonial perspectives on climate-related migration and conflict, intersectional approaches and gender dimensions, climate change politics as a new tool of governance, and STS (Science and Technology Studies) perspectives. We invite short papers (no more than 10–15 pages) that are based on empirical findings in different parts of the world and have a strong conceptual grounding.
The Special Issue will be completely open access, funded by the Knowledge Unlatched initiative (http://www.knowledgeunlatched.org).
This Special Issue consits of research papers (see below) and of one artistic research project: Climate Justice in Kiribati.
Prof. Dr. Silja Klepp
Dr. Christiane Fröhlich
Artistic Research: Photo installations by Hamburg photographer Barbara Dombrowski with texts by Kiel geographer Silja Klepp
In summer 2018 the photographer Barbara Dombrowski travelled to the South Pacific islands of
Kiribati and Rarotonga. The journey was both the conclusion of her photographic cycle "Tropic
Ice_Dialog between Places Affected by Climate Change" and the starting point for a cycle of
spectacular installations designed to draw attention to climate change and its consequences for
culture and native people on five continents.
The images of the Kiribati archipelago are closely linked to the research of Silja Klepp, a geographer from Kiel. Silja Klepp has spent several long research stays there, where she focused on the social and cultural consequences of climate change and examines questions of climate migration and adaptation.
More information can be found at: http://www.marinesocialscience.uni-kiel.de/de/klimagerechtigkeit-in-kiribati
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- North-South relations
- environmental migration
- climate change politics