Northern Climate Change and Inuit Culture book shortlisted for Canada Prize in the Social Sciences
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 3:00:00 PM
Professor Timothy Leduc's 2010 book Climate, Culture, Change: Inuit and Western Dialogues with a Warming North (University of Ottawa Press. 256 pages), featured in the Fall 2010 issue of E-Environews, has been shortlisted for a Canada Prize in the Social Sciences. The prize, along with the Canada Prize in the Humanities, is awarded annually by the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences to one work in French and one in English in each category. The prizes will be presented at a special award ceremony on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Musée des beaux-arts in Montréal. The nominees are chosen from works supported by CFHSS's Awards to Scholarly Publications Program and winners are selected by a jury of scholars from across the country.
Every day brings new headlines about climate change as politicians debate how to respond, scientists offer new data, and skeptics critique the validity of the research. To step outside these scientific and political debates, Timothy Leduc engages with various Inuit understandings of northern climate change. What he learns is that today's climate changes are not only affecting our environments, but also our cultures. By focusing on the changes currently occurring in the north, he highlights the challenges being posed to Western climate research, Canadian politics and traditional Inuit knowledge. Climate, Culture, Change sheds light on the cultural challenges posed by northern warming and proposes an intercultural response that is demonstrated by the blending of Inuit and Western perspectives.
More information on the Canada Prizes: http://fedcan.ca/content/en/575/Book_Prizes.html
Timothy Leduc is an Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and former Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Environment, University of Toronto (from 2009 to 2010). For more information, please visit his home page: http://www.yorku.ca/fes/faculty/fulltime/profiles/LeducTimothy.htm