Climate Change Task Force

Global Climate Change Task Force

A Busy Fall for Task Force Members

The AAA Global Climate Change Task Force is gearing up for a fall full of activity.

From October 8 through 10, the full task force is meeting at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) for the short seminar "Changing the Atmosphere: Anthropological Engagement with Climate Change." Organized by Shirley J Fiske, Anthony Oliver-Smith and Lisa J Lucero, this "seminar will examine the commonalities and schisms that permeate anthropological approaches to climate change, and look to the future to configure mutual frontiers of research and engagement." Read more about the short seminar here.

Soon after the SAR short seminar, the task force will meet again at the AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago (Nov 20-24). The task force is pleased to have a roundtable (Evolving Adaptation to Climate Change) as well as a session (Understanding Present and Future Engagements: The Nature of Anthropological Knowledge in a World of Global Environmental Change). For details, click here

Introducing climate-change-anth

The American Anthropological Association's (AAA) Global Climate Change Task Force is pleased to introduce a new listserv for those with an interest in the intersection of anthropology and climate change: climate-change-anth. The listserv will promote conversations among the task force members and the greater anthropological community; and will enable climate-oriented anthropologists to share information about upcoming events, forums, teaching tools and modules, views and ideas. It is modeled after the A&E listserv  (eAnth  of the Anthropology and Environment section of AAA), but will be more focused on climate and will exist only for the duration of the task force (currently slated to end in late 2013).

If you are interested in signing up, please go to

Changing the Atmosphere

The AAA Global Climate Change Task Force is pleased to present a monthly column in Anthropology News called Changing the Atmosphere. This features anthropologists who work on climate change and more. Read the latest columns here.

Questions about the column? Contact Sarah Strauss at


Climate changeTo facilitate anthropological contributions to interdisciplinary research that can be made without sacrificing disciplinary rigor and promote engagement with an array of policy issues; and to produce a guiding document to recognize anthropological contributions to global climate change-related issues, articulate new research directions, and provide the AAA with actions and recommendations to support and promote anthropological investigation of these issues including the development of course curricula and application of anthropological theory and methods to the issues.

Read more about this Task Force in the November 2011 Anthropology News.

Duration of Task Force: 3 years (June 2011 - May 2014)

Task Force Reports to: Executive Board

Membership and Appointment:  11 appointed members  (Member Roster)

Staff Liaison and contact information: Amy Goldenberg,, 703/528-1902 x1184 (phone), 703/528-3546 (fax)


An Arid World? Can We Learn from Other Nations? by Kathleen Galvin (Aug 8, 2013)

Green Consumerism is No Solution by Richard Wilk (Jun 14, 2013)

Forced Migration? Facing an Uncomfortable Future by Anthony Oliver-Smith (Mar 29, 2013)

Thinking Big About Consumerism by Richard Wilk (Dec 19, 2013)

Open Letter to the Candidates: SuperStorm Sandy and Her Lessons, Shirley J Fiske (Nov 2, 2012)

Why Climate Matters, Statement #1, by Shirley J Fiske: Political Gridlock and Climate Justice (Oct 22, 2012)

AAA Teaching Materials Exchange: Search for a syllabus from among many anthropology syllabi. Be sure to use the keyword "Climate Change"

AAA Teaching Materials Exchange: Submit a syllabus and expand the repository using the keyword "Climate Change"

Climate Change Anth: A listserv for anyone interested in anthropology and climate change.

GCCTF Panel Proposal for 2012 AAA Annual Meeting

Global Climate Change: New AAA Task Force Takes on Quintessentially Anthropological Issue (AN January 2012)

AAA Global Climate Change Task Force Takes Shape (AN November 2011)

Changing the Atmosphere Columns