The cultural functions of climate


I delivered the keynote lecture to the Royal Anthropological Institute’s international conference on Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change, held at the British Museum in May 2016.  You can listen to the lecture here and view the accompanying slides here.

The talk introduces one of the key ideas I develop in my new book Weathered: Cultures of Climate … “The idea of climate cultivates the possibility of a stable psychological life and of meaningful human action in the world. Put simply, climate allows humans to live culturally with their weather.  In this talk I offer evidence for this argument, drawing upon anthropological, historical and geographical work from around the world. I also reflect briefly on what the unsettling phenomenon and discourse of climate-change means for the future cultural value of the idea of climate.”