The virtual Weather Wonderings workshop, took place on December 8th 2020 and brought together 25 academics spanning various career stages and disciplines with a shared interest in weather. Expertly curated by Mary Robson, the Creative Facilitator at Durham’s Institute for Medical Humanities, the afternoon involved a mix of presentations, provocations and discussion around life’s varied and fluctuating weather worlds.
“Come with questions, and leave with more questions” was our guiding principle, as we viewed and reflected on provocations from Professor Jennifer Mason (University of Manchester), Dr Barry Sheils (Durham University), Dr Russell Hitchings and Antonia Hodgson (University College London), Dr Gareth Hoskins (University of Aberystwyth), Dr Tonya Rooney (Australian Catholic University, Canberra) and Dr Cassandra Phoenix (Durham University).
These contributions included topics as diverse as the social function of weather talk, representing living the weather through film, tensions between objective measurements and subjective experience of weather; wind chill, bushfires, intergenerational weather encounters, research methods for weather research… and so much more.
The workshop provided a creative and supportive online space for weather wondering, continuing throughout the afternoon and into the fading winter light.
Our weather wonderings were expertly captured by sketchnote artist and illustrator Grace Elizabeth.