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SEI News: Professor Mike Hulme & ‘Cultures of Climate’

On Monday 23 April 2018, join Professor Mike Hulme for the HumanNature Lecture Series. Hulme’s lecture will explore some of the many fascinating ways climates are historicized, known, changed, lived with, blamed, feared, represented, predicted, governed and, at least putatively, re-designed. In preparation for the lecture, get to know about Mike and his research.

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Mike Hulme is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Cambridge, UK. Mike’s research explores the cultural and epistemic construction of the idea of climate change in political and scientific discourse, exploring both its historical, cultural and scientific origins and its contemporary meanings. His work draws upon insights from the sciences, social sciences and humanities, and has been defined under the field of critical climate anthropology.

Hulme’s critically acclaimed book Weathered: A Cultural Geography of Climate (SAGE, 2017), explores how different cultures around the world make sense of their weather and climate. His book Why We Disagree About Climate Change (CUP, 2009) was selected by The Economist magazine as one of its science and technology books of the year and has become one of the standard university texts worldwide for social science and humanities students studying climate change. It was selected by CUP in November 2015 as one of their top 20 most influential books of all time, “influencing policy-making, contributing to social change and altering intellectual landscapes.” For more information on his current research, projects, publications, and teaching, click here.

Dr Emily O’Gorman, an environmental and cultural historian from Macquarie University and contributor for the HumanNature series, explains that:

“Professor Mike Hulme is one of the leading thinkers on climate change. His research and publications have sought to expose the cultural dimensions of climate, both in the current context of rapid environmental change in the Anthropocene, and more generally as weather and climate have gathered many meanings and values that have shaped people’s lives and actions. It is an honour to have him speaking in the series.”


Prof Mike Hulme’s lecture is the third in the HumanNature series, which is jointly funded and coordinated by the Australian Museum, the University of New South Wales, Macquarie University, Western Sydney University, and the University of Sydney. The Series features leading international scholars in the Environmental Humanities and aims to highlight the key research and developments to come out of the environmental humanities and will feature environmental humanities scholars who are renowned in their fields. Stay tuned for more profiles on keynote speakers in the months to come.

For more details and to purchase tickets for ‘Cultures of Climate’, click here.

Please note that tickets are available to staff and students at the four partner universities at the discounted rate of $8. These tickets must be booked in advance using the discount code: ENVHUM18.