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

Stratford, E and Low, N (2013) Young islanders, the meteorological imagination and the art of geopolitical engagement. Children's Geographies, 13 (2). pp. 164-180. ISSN 1473-3285

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Children's Geographies
Publisher: Routledge
Page Range: pp. 164-180
ISSN: 1473-3285
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2013.828454
Copyright Information:

Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis

Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2016 23:30
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2016 23:30
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