Kolson Schlosser has a timely new article on Geohumanities and climate change skepticism in the political geography section of Geography Compass. We have recently assembled an updated editorial board for the political geography section of the journal, and we are looking ahead to an exciting series of publications in the coming months, including a virtual special issue with free access to a selection of articles from the past decade.
Kolson’s abstract is below.
Geohumanities and climate change skepticism
The voices of the climate “skeptics” or “deniers” are an unavoidable component of the current politics of climate change. Geographers have engaged with the politics of climate science, the dissemination of scientific knowledge, and how the dominant discourse of climate science frames the debate as apolitical, but they have not directed much attention to climate skeptic literature itself. I suggest that despite this lacunae, geographers have developed the necessary tools to understand climate skeptic literature as neither simply ignorance nor intentionally deceitful—at least not always. I further suggest that the burgeoning literature on “geohumanities,” along with its intellectual predecessors in geography, is particularly adept at reading how the skeptic literature narrates the relationship between knowledge, power, and space. I focus my attention on several prominent texts in the climate skeptic literature—not to vindicate them but to understand their ideological premises.