Friday, Oct. 14

04-04 Weatherlore, Part 1: Weather and Belief

Friday, October 14, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Promenade B

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Chair: Shelley Ingram (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)

8:30 am
Divergent Weatherlore in Christian Hermeneutics: Climate Change and Vernacular Rhetoric in our Current Environmental Crisis
Sheila Bock (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

9:00 am
“Of biblical proportions”: Flood Motifs in Personal Narratives of Katrina Survivors
Kate Parker Horigan (Western Kentucky University)

9:30 am
Green Skies Above: Cultural Identity and Perceptions of the Weather
Shelley Ingram (University of Louisiana, Lafayette)

9:45 am
Contrails to Chemtrails: Atmospheric Scientists and Belief Narratives
Anne Pryor (Madison, Wisconsin)

This panel tackles questions of weather and belief. From religion to prophecy to conspiracy, this panel probes the ways that belief have a direct connection to our experiences of the weather. Sabina Magliocco (2004) has argued that our experience of reality, because it can be socially constructed, is often dependent on context. Environmental researchers, perhaps surprisingly, have drawn similar conclusions about the individual experience of local weather. This is particularly important when it comes to climate change, as studies have begun to show that people experience the weather differently depending on their cultural beliefs about it. The presentation finds that such weather experiences are deeply connected to beliefs about cultural, political, and regional identity.