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Young islanders, the meteorological imagination and the art of geopolitical engagement

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posted on 2023-05-17, 16:06 authored by Elaine StratfordElaine Stratford, Low, N
There is scant literature analysing how young islanders regard climate change, particularly in terms of resilience, agency and a geopolitical aesthetic. To address that gap, this paper offers a theoretical framework and empirical example responding to such issues. The work’s theoretical foci are upon the role of the artist as interlocutor; the importance of arts practices in encouraging children to participate in climate change debates and actions; and the potential of what anthropologist Tim Ingold has called the meteorological imagination. These three matters inform a two-year praxis project – A Map of a Dream of the Future – involving methods from the geohumanities and engagement with young islanders, academics, artists and writers, community cultural development workers, and educators. Together, we worked on various activities to draw out our individual and collective ideas about islands, arts, climate change, and geopolitics. In the process were created an education kit, children’s workshops and exhibitions, and a professional art installation at a major national arts festival. At the same time, new insights have been gained about how the meteorological imagination may be a significant resource by which to work with children as they come to terms with a future whose climate has changed.

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Publication title

Children's Geographies

Volume

13

Pagination

164-180

ISSN

1473-3285

Department/School

School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences

Publisher

Routledge

Place of publication

United Kingdom

Rights statement

Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis

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  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Expanding knowledge in human society

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