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


Stratford, E and Low, N, Young islanders, the meteorological imagination and the art of geopolitical engagement, Children's Geographies, 13, (2) pp. 164-180. ISSN 1473-3285 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor and Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14733285.2013.828454


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:meteorological imagination, climate change, participatory arts practice, geopolitical engagement, young islanders, Tasmania
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:82843
Year Published:2015 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2013-02-19
Last Modified:2016-11-23

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