Cornell University

Graduate Conference: Agrarian Studies, Climate Change and the Future of Work

Friday, April 19, 2024 at 9:00am to 5:00pm

Warren Hall, B73

The future of work is hot. Literally. Unpredictable seasons, droughts, floods, warming temperatures, rising seas, and a host of other climatic factors are changing what work is, what it means, and what it does to the body. These effects are unevenly felt across geographies, forms of difference, and inequalities.

The impacts of climate change – extreme temperatures and changing agricultural cycles - on agrarian environments demand new frameworks to analyze work in the agrarian present and future. We invite abstracts that conceptualize climate change as a problem of work. Rather than restricting a changing climate to new weather patterns, shifting topographies, and techno-fixes, this conference opens a conversation to think about climate change through other anthropogenic changes, such as sociopolitical and economic transformations.

This graduate conference will bring graduate students across disciplines to speak on a variety of topics including agrarian change, urban and rural relations, infrastructural transitions, uneven geographies of risk, and the politics of scale and temporality.

We invite graduate students to send abstracts of up to 250 words to by March 1st, 2024.

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ILR School, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, South Asia Program

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ILR, ILR School

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Hadia Akhtar Khan

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