Somerset Floods Exhibition Returns For Student Workshop on Politics of Flooding and Climate Change
'Remembering the 2014 Floods’ – the exhibition which ran at Bridgwater Arts Centre from the 4th to the 8th of November will return for one day only on the 15th of December at Bath Spa University as part of a free workshop aimed at A-level students on the politics of flooding and climate change.
Organised by the Political Studies Association, the workshop will be led by Professor Owain Jones (Prof. of Environmental Humanities who specialises in flooding), Dr Louise Maythorne (Bath Spa University) and Dr Elizabeth Bomberg (Deputy Head of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh).
‘Remembering the 2014 Floods’ exhibition showcases the reflections and recollection of the individuals, families and businesses affected by the devastating 2014 floods across the Somerset Levels. Participating students will be asked to examine the political, cultural and community responses to flooding and climate change during the workshop.
In light of the floods which wreaked havoc across the South West, participants will be provided with the academic tools of analysis to interrogate these questions on how climate change is depicted and who has responsibility for climate change. The workshop convenors will use interactive voting and bargaining games to influence a lively debate between staff and students on flooding and climate change.
While A-level students studying Geography, Politics and Sociology would find the workshop particularly helpful, the workshop is being aimed at students of all subjects who are interested in this topic.
CEO of the Political Studies Association, Helena Djurkovic, said:
“Encouraging young people to become more engaged in politics and their communities is really important. The ‘Politics of Flooding and Climate Change’ workshop will be a great opportunity for students to explore contemporary political issues in a creative way.
“The workshop will ask students to examine the political, cultural and community responses to flooding and climate change and will provide participants with the academic tools of analysis to interrogate these important questions. The workshop will be of great value to politics and geography A-level students and, given the issue of flooding is of great significance for young people in the South West of England, it will no doubt encourage lively debate amongst staff and students.”
Drinks and light refreshments will be served to attendees upon arrival during registration between 3pm – 3.45pm. The workshop will begin at 4pm and finish by 6pm. Capacity is limited and places are allocated on first-come-first-serve basis.