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Colonialism, Coloniality, and Climate Science


Jointly organised by the Department of History and Department of Meteorology

1:30-3:00pm on 10 May 2024 (Friday)

Ditchburn Lecture Theatre, JJ Thomson Building

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Colonialism has widely acknowledged legacies in both the cause of the climate crisis and the inequality of the harms it is causing. But what about the links between colonialism and climate science? How does colonialism, both past and present, shape contemporary practices in climate science? What are the ways in which institutions both perpetuate and challenge these practices? These questions will be explored in a discussion and Q&A with a distinguished panel of scholars.


Allan Laville – Dean for Diversity and Inclusion


  • Debjani Bhattacharyya – Professor for the History of the Anthropocene, University of Zurich
  • Deborah Coen – Professor of History & History of Science & Medicine, Yale University
  • Aïda Diongue-Niang – Technical Advisor, National Agency for Civil Aviation and Meteorology, Senegal, and Vice-Chair of IPCC Working Group I
  • Roger Pulwarty – Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA
  • Chi Huyen Truong – Programme Coordinator, Himalayan University Consortium, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, Nepal

The event will be followed by a reception.


10 May
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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