Figuring Sea-Level Rise

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Principal Coordinators

John Foran

John Foran

Professor of Sociology

John Foran is engaged in a long-term study of the global climate justice movement and its struggles for a just and binding climate treaty.  He has interviewed members of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) bloc at the UNFCCC climate summits, and is especially interested in climate change issues in the Maldives.

Mary Hancock

Mary Hancock

Professor of History and Anthropology

Mary Hancock is a cultural anthropologist and historian of modern South Asia. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersections of cultural memory and public history, global and transnational religious movements and the cultural production of urban space. She has received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright-Hays, the American Institute for Indian Studies and the Woodrow Wilson Center. Her most recent book is The Politics of Heritage from Madras to Chennai (Indiana, 2008), and her articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, Modern Asian Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Professor Hancock holds joint appointments in the Departments of Anthropology and History.

Stephanie LeMenager

Stephanie LeMenager

Associate Professor of English

 Stephanie LeMenager is Associate Professor of English at UC Santa Barbara, where she also teaches in Environmental Studies.  Professor LeMenager's current work on the cultures of petroleum in North America has led her to study Gulf Coast subsidence, meaning the sinking of the land and consequent sea level rise on the United States' so-called  "third coast," bordering the Gulf of Mexico.  She has published on the BP blowout of 2010 and its echoes in the work of Gulf Coast artists and writers, and her current book project, *Living Oil,* compares the coastal culture of Santa Barbara to regions in Mexico and the southern US which have been affected by intensive oil production and rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands.  Professor LeMenager is lead editor of the collection Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2011).

ann-elise lewallen

ann-elise lewallen

Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

ann-elise lewallen is a cultural anthropologist of modern Japan and East Asia. Her research focuses on indigenous political movements, the politics of heritage and cultural revival, and environmental justice in Asia. She has drawn from her work with global indigenous networks to bring directly impacted Arctic, coastal and island communities into this year-long exploration of sea level rise.  She is editor of Beyond Ainu Studies: Changing Academic and Public Perspectives (with M. Watson and M. Hudson, in press) and she is currently wrapping up her book, The Fabric of Indigeneity: Modern Ainu Identity, Clothwork, and Gender in Japan, in addition to several chapters and articles in journals, including Critical Asian Studies and The Asia-Pacific Journal.

Josh Schimel

Josh Schimel

Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology and Chair of Environmental Studies

Josh Schimel is an ecosystem scientist whose research focuses on the Arctic.  He is Chair of the UCSB Environmental Studies Program, which is one of the few such programs that spans all the way from the natural sciences to the humanities.  He has experience in interdisciplinary scholarship, education and communication, as evidenced by his service on the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Environmental Research & Education, being named a 2006 Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, and in his 2012 book Writing Science, which was published by Oxford University Press.

Janet Walker

Janet Walker

Professor of Film and Media Studies

Janet Walker is Professor of Film and Media Studies and co-convener of the Environmental Media Initiative Research Group of the Carsey-Wolf Center. She is author or editor of books including TRAUMA CINEMA:  DOCUMENTING INCEST AND THE HOLOCAUST (2005) and DOCUMENTARY TESTIMONIES:  GLOBAL ARCHIVES OF SUFFERING (co-edited with Bhaskar Sarkar, 2010).  Recently Walker participated in the workshop “Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, and Ecocinema” held at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany.  Her essay, “Moving to Higher Ground? Documentary and Scientific (Audio)visualization of Sea-level Rise” is forthcoming in The Blackwell Companion to Contemporary Documentary Film and her current book project is a consideration of documentary film in relation to geospatial studies.


Environmental Media Initiative Research Group (EMIRG) Participants

Peter Alagona, Assistant Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies

David Lopez Carr, Associate Professor of Geography

LeeAnne French, Associate Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center

Flora Furlong, staff member, Department of Film and Media Studies and former resident of Federated States of Micronesia

Summer Gray, doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology

Erin Hanan, graduate student, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Professor of Feminist Studies and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Richard Hutton, Executive Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center

Chris Jenkins, Filmmaker and Film and Media Studies Lecturer

Bruce Kendall, Professor, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Eckart Meiburg, Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Lisa Parks, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of Center for Information Technology and Society

Constance Penley, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center

Ronald E. Rice, Professor of Communication and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center

Dar Roberts, Professor and Chair of Geography

Teresa Shewry, Assistant Professor of English

Greg Siegel, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies

Lindsay Thomas, doctoral candidate, Department of English

Bruce Tiffney, Professor of Earth Science and Dean of the College of Creative Studies

Mayfair Yang, Professor of Anthropology and Religious Studies

Oran Young, Professor Emeritus, Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management