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Ruling Climate:

Ruling Climate

The theory and practice of environmental governmentality, 1500-1800

A one-day interdisciplinary conference at the University of Warwick

Saturday 16 May 2015

Organisers: Sara Miglietti (Renaissance), John Morgan (History)



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Keynote speakers: Professor Rebecca Earle (Warwick) and Dr Franz Mauelshagen (KWI Essen and Rachel Carson Center, Munich)

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'Ruling Climate' aims to explore the relationship between cultural perceptions of the environment and practical attempts at environmental regulation and change between 1500 and 1800. The conference is focussed around three main themes:
1) continuities and discrepancies between ancient and early modern climate theories: how were classical theories of climatic influence received and adjusted in the early modern period? How did the understanding of climate itself change over time?

2) the political significance of climate theories: how did theories of climatic influence inspire and sustain governmental efforts of various kinds, in domestic and colonial contexts? (eg. population displacement, environmental planning and public health, engineering works, siting new colonies, etc.)

3) governed by climate/governing climate: what is the relationship between theories of climatic influence and the development of strategies to cope with/modify climate and the environment? (eg. through agricultural improvement, increased human settlement, drainage, deforestation, etc.)

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Organisers: Sara Miglietti (Renaissance) and John Morgan (History).