BLOGPOST What to do with Carbon

24 April 2020, 09:00 - 25 April 2020, 17:00

S1, Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge CB3 9DT

This event is cancelled due to the Coronavirus crisis. Karen Pinkus has written a blog post related to the event.


A workshop convened by  Karen Pinkus, Leverhulme Visiting Professor with The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics, and CRASSH. This is a closed event but if you are interested in attending please email Karen Pinkus.

There is wide agreement that if we have any hope of keeping global average temperatures below 2 degrees (assuming we have blown the budget for 1.5) a rapid transition to non-fossil fuels will not suffice. We will have to do something with carbon already in the atmosphere. This “something” has been given various names including “geoengineering.” In any case, carbon emitted today is likely to remain far beyond the span of human life, at least in our current cognitive abilities. Initiatives already underway that address carbon dioxide removal from scientific-technological, ethical and policy points of view. This interdisciplinary workshop invites participants to think in broad and creative ways about the subject. Participants will be asked to present a short brief, proposal, image, object, etc. These could anywhere on a spectrum from the imaginary to practical; from the preposterous to the mundane, and in this regard it represents an opportunity for scholars from the Humanities, Arts, Geography and other fields to vet ideas and to consider the very role of the speculative in approaches to both climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

This event has been organised with the support of the Leverhulme Trust, MMLL, and CRASSH at the University of Cambridge.