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Fate, Luck and Fortune

How do we talk about the risks of our environment?

Who do we blame when things go wrong? 

This project sets out to deepen and develop understanding of the concepts of fate, luck and fortune (hereafter FLF), and their influence on perceptions of agency, in different types of narratives concerned with environmental risk.

FINAL WORKSHOP: VENUE CHANGED 

Fate Luck Fortune

Fate, luck and fortune

Narratives of environmental risk

River Anker floods, Nuneaton, Warwickshire; 27 May 1932. Manuscripts and Special Collections, University of Nottingham, RE/DOP/H42/22/2
 
 

Project events

Public lecture: Thursday 7 September 2017

Jackson Lear, Rutgers University: 'The Return of Animal Spirits: Toward a Vitalist Narrative of Environmental Risk' 

Venue: Seminar Room 9, University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

Time: 6-7.30pm

Register for the lecture here

Workshop 3: Popular Narratives - Friday 8 September 2017

Venue: Seminar Room 9, University of Liverpool in London, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

Time: 10am-5.30pm

The final workshop will investigate whether and how conceptualisations of FLF remain powerful in current as well as historical popular discourses concerned with environmental risks (eg, how they engage with different cultures of blame to shape perceptions of agency). 

Register for the workshop here

Further information on the venue can be found here.


 

Workshop 1: Historical Narratives - Friday 31 March 2017

Hemsley B7, University Park

This workshop examined the development of concepts of FLF in narratives of environmental risk, noting how the characteristics of these concepts (if not these concepts themselves) may emerge in different temporal and spatial contexts.

See our video of Workshop 1:

Workshop 2: Political Narratives - Friday 7 July 2017

Hemsley B7, University Park

The second workshop explored how a more thorough understanding of the role of the concepts of FLF in narratives of environmental risk (past and present) may be used to develop novel policy responses.

 

Project team

Confirmed speakers

 
These events are sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
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