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Today, while the reality of anthropogenic climate change is widely recognized, the different ways to tackle and cope with its consequences are highly debated. The concept of climate change adaptation has become central in the last decade. Particularly since the discursive refashioning of mitigation as adaptation in the climate change discourse of the first decade of this century, adaptation has come to be regarded as allegedly indispensable and as a supposedly neutral driver of action. Alternative points of view – e.g. perspectives including cultural diversity, environmental justice, human rights, postcolonial and intersectional perspectives – are often neglected.

The workshop "Denaturalizing Climate Change" de-centers Western perspectives and brings together critical viewpoints from social research. 


The Workshop has two goals: First, we want to discuss the conceptualization of climate change adaptation used in academia as well as in international co-operation and climate change negotiations. Which ways of thinking are predetermined by notions such as adaptation, resilience, vulnerability and lately social innovation? Secondly, we want to gain insights into empirical research findings that analyze adaptation policies and projects on the ground. We are especially interested in emerging legal orders and institutions against the background of climate change, feminist approaches in adaptation research and knowledge politics that include postcolonial and indigenous perspectives.