Support research into climate change and democracy in Fiji
Help me travel to South Africa to deliver a paper at an international conference about the politics of climate change and democracy in Fiji.
I am raising funds in order to travel to South Africa to attend a conference where I will speak on climate change and democracy in Fiji.
I have been invited to deliver a conference paper at the triennial consultation of the Global Network for Public Theology in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The conference dates are 24-26 October 2016.
The theme of their meeting is "Democracy and Social Justice in Glocal Contexts". My proposed paper is entitled "Public Theology in the Context of Climate Change and Fiji's Unchanging State of Exception".
Fiji has emerged from military rule and moves toward democracy. This paper investigates the case that climate change might reinforce undemocratic governmental practices due to the exceptional nature of this global threat and the idea that strong states are need to counter this threat. My paper proposes actions that the church can take to decentralize and democratize action for climate justice. You can read the paper abstract here: https://radiescent.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/research-into-climate-change-and-democracy-in-fiji/
Funds raised will go to cover return travel from Fiji to South Africa, accommodation, conference fees, and related expenses.
No amount is too small (or too big). Every little bit helps.
If you can't make any financial contribution you can still help me by letting your networks know of my plea for assistance. By sharing this campaign with your friends you increase my chances of attending the conference.
(the above photo is of Frank Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, surveying damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016)
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Thanks so much for the generous donation. Much appreciated.
Thanks for the generous donation. Much appreciated!
Thanks for the generous donation.
Vinaka Richard - thanks for your generous support and encouragement, Richard
Cameron, Thanks for the donation and the comment. You are right that we need to think carefully about international travel and conference attendance. I certainly don't make a habit out of going to conferences on other continents. We in the Pacific struggle with two things - huge impacts from climate change and being a long way from one's academic peers and colleagues. We need innovative ways to deal with both problems. Richard.
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This page was created on 18 Jun 2016 and closed on 31 Aug 2016.