Feb. 19: Lecture on the Effects of Climate Change

| February 6, 2013


A live streamed lecture, “The Nation Ex-Situ: On Climate change, Deterritorialized Nationhood, and the Post-Climate Era,” will be presented by professor Maxine Burkett, University of Hawaii, Tuesday, Feb. 19, noon – 1:30 p.m. in East Academic Building, rooms 253/262.

Rising ocean levels due to climate change threaten the existence of island nation-states like Antigua, the Maldives and Tuvalu. What will happen to these countries and their citizens when their physical territories become uninhabitable.

In this presentation, Burkett argues that statehood and international law should evolve to accommodate a new category of international actors: the Nation Ex-Situ, a status that would allow deterritorialized nation-states to continue to exist as sovereign states. In the process, she demonstrates that we are entering a “post-climate era,” in which the very structure of human systems — whether legal, economic or sociopolitical — are irrevocably changed and ever-changing.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sustainability Committee, the Philosophy Department, the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies and the Center for Ethics.

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