Call for papers for upcoming panel on NELD – Annual meeting of American Anthropological Association

What money cannot bring back: climate change, loss and damage, and Anthropology

Panel at the Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association

Nov. 29-Dec. 3, 2017 in Washington, DC

Deadline for papers: April 1, 2017

Chair: Professor David Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Science
Discussant: Professor Susan Crate, George Mason University
Organizer: Md. Ashiqur Rahman, University of South Florida

Abstract: Climate change is one of the greatest challenges that humanity is facing today. Over the last three decades, we tried to reduce greenhouse gas emission to address this challenge but we failed. Then we have focused on adaptation to the deleterious impacts of climate change but adaptation has a limit. What happens if we fail to mitigate and adapt with the adverse impacts of climate change? The answer is loss and damage. While there are huge economic losses and damages due to the adverse effects of climate change that can be recovered financially, there are also losses and damages that money cannot bring back or cannot be traded in markets. For example, identity, culture, honor and dignity, health, cultural heritage, ecosystem services etc. Noneconomic loss and damage (NELD) holds intrinsic value to the respective communities and if we do not pay adequate attention to NELD it may exacerbate economic loss and damage. We believe, no other discipline is as suited as Anthropology to study NELD, and climate change anthropology may consider to focus on this issue. Focusing on Non-economic Loss and Damage (NELD), this panel seeks paper on loss of identity, culture, honor and dignity, cultural heritage, ecosystem services etc. due to climate change that money cannot bring back.

If you would like to be considered for this panel, please send your 250 word abstracts, including a title and 3 keywords, along with your name/title/affiliation, to by April 1, 2017. The deadline to submit the proposal for the session is April 14, so we will need to have abstracts completed by April 1. The dates of the AAA meetings are Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at Washington, DC.