Voices from the Past: Reconstructing and Re-enacting the Snows of Yesteryear

Cerys Jones, Lorna Hughes

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2013
EventTalking Weather Workshop - Lowther Room, RGS‐IBG, Kensington Gore, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Duration: 27 Aug 2013 → …


ConferenceTalking Weather Workshop
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Period27 Aug 2013 → …
Other"If a census were taken of common topics of conversation amongst British people, it is very probable that the weather would take first place"

Contemporary debates over the ‘imminent’ climate change threat coupled with the fixation on theapparent acceleration in anthropogenic global warming, have obscured a long, complex and dynamiccultural history of public engagement with climate and the distinctive meaning that climate holds,and has held in the past, for different places and people at a range of scales. Recent scholarship,however, has highlighted that one way to ‘re-culture’ climate discourses is to explore “…localweather and… the relationships between weather and local physical objects and cultural practices”(Hulme, 2008).The weather is and has been woven into our experiences of modern life in many ways. Particularsocial norms and cultural contexts, however, shape the way in which weather is conceptualised andexperienced, which in turn, together with the knowledge of events in the recallable past, determineswhether and how weather becomes inscribed into the social memory and cultural fabric ofcommunities.The purpose of ‘Talking Weather’ is to bring together individuals with an interest in weather studyand cultural histories of the weather, to explore the ways in which people engage with and ascribemeanings to the weather and make sense of it. Specifically the event will provide a forum to discussdifferent methodologies and approaches that can be used to investigate and capture popularunderstanding of weather, weather memories and experiences.

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