Materiality, Ontology, and Representation
This stream sketches out an emerging interdisciplinary field of how ice gets experienced, represented and storied. Following the WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2018, the sea ice is losing ice mass and shrinking. By 2100 it is likely that many mountain glaciers will have disappeared, and that ice sheets will be subject to ongoing melting. The implications for global climate change are immense in the form of sea level change, ocean acidification and further state-change in the cryosphere. Ice is also a core element of the environmental humanities. As scholars of indigenous communities have noted in places like the Arctic and mountainous regions of the world such as the Andes and Tibet, ice and snow often attract multi-voiced and situated accounts, which speak to community dynamics, kinship, oral memory, and relationality with the more-than-human world.