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COP26 Humanities: Researching Weather, The Environment & Climate Change in the Humanities With Dr Joy Hawkins & Dr Helena Carr From University of East Anglia

10th November 2021 @ 10:30 - 11:15



When people think of the global warming it is usually to the Sciences that they first look for explanation, understanding and solutions, but responding to the challenge of climate change will take collaboration and innovation – and that happens when we learn from other, perhaps less familiar, cultures, disciplines and perspectives. To this end, the study of the Humanities and an interdisciplinary approach has a lot to contribute.

How can looking to the past help to contextualise and help us understand our changing environment and attitudes towards it today? What ethical challenges might we encounter in making changes? What political aspects do we need to consider?

In this session, we will examine how students can draw on a number of different disciplines, with a particular focus on how changes in weather and climate were experienced by societies and individuals in the past, to enhance their understanding of the environment and climate change.

Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Joy Hawkins, Dr Helena Carr


This session is part of UEA’s COP26 series, exploring links between different fields of study and issues relating to the environment and climate change. COP26 is the name of the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021.

For further details about this great series and to see other COP26 events on offer from UEA, please click below:

Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom, or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but access to slides and other relevant resources will be given, where possible.

Suitable for: Key Stage 4 & Key Stage 5 students studying or with an interest in studying History, Philosophy, Politics, and related subjects. Teachers and members of school staff, as always, are welcome too and participants can join as individuals from school/college or home, or as a group from school/college.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students are asked to consider some of the key issues and any questions they might like to ask during the session.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.  If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below: