Anthropologists Address Climate Change

Anthropologists focus on aspects of climate change research that other scientists do not fully address, specifically the disproportionately adverse impacts to vulnerable populations, how those impacts will shape public adaptation policies, and what we know from the past that can inform our concerns for the future, said Shirley Fiske, Ph.D., Chair of the American Anthropological Association Climate Change Taskforce.

During the week of Dec. 3-7, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) will hold its 113th Annual Meetingoffering more than 5,000 sessions and special events with the theme, Producing Anthropology. Anthropologists will offer a provocation to examine the truths we encounter, produce and how these affect the communities in which we live. Sessions featuring climate change research will be held throughout the week:

Wed., Dec. 3

  • Accounting for Climate Change: Measurement, Management, and Mysticism Part I
    (12-1:45p.m.) & II (2-3:45p.m.) Marriott Wardman Park – Washington Room 6
  • Climate Change and Community Resiliencies in the Chesapeake Bay region
    (4-5:45p.m.) Marriott Wardman Park – Virginia Suite A
  • Cultural Heritage and Global Climate Change: Why the Past Matters for Present Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies (8-9:45p.m.) Marriott Wardman Park – Marriott Ballroom Salon 3

Thurs., Dec. 4

  • The National Climate Assessment: The Role of Anthropologists in Building Assessment Capacity and Implementing a Sustained Assessment (11-12:45p.m.)
    Omni Shoreham – Executive Room
  • Spinning Anthropology in the Anthropocene: Why and How We Must Integrate Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Meet Environmental Challenges
    (2:30-4:15p.m.) Marriott Wardman Park – Marriott Balcony B

Sat., Dec. 6

  • Food, Climate Change, and Small Family Farms: New Roles and Opportunities for Anthropology (11:00a.m.-12:45p.m.) Marriott Wardman Park – Washington Room 2
  • Addressing Agriculture and Climate Change (2:30-4:15p.m.)
    Marriott Wardman Park – Harding

The 113th AAA Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., where more than 6,000 anthropologists will tackles some of those world’s most pressing issues, including: Ebola, public health, food security, the Middle East and social change. There will also be a week-long media festival.

Many sessions are open to the public, registration is required.

To participate,  press must register by Dec. 1, 2014. Press will receive complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting sessions, press conferences, admittance to invited sessions, special events and access to press-only workspace.  The AAA has a new Press Credential Policy to better serve press and their editorial coverage. Onsite press registration will not be granted.

– – AAA – – Founded in 1902, the American Anthropological Association, with more than 10,000 members, is the world’s largest professional organization of anthropologists. The Association is dedicated to advancing human understanding and tackling the world’s most pressing problems.


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