Planet and Narration

A project by Cheryl Lousley

Narrative Testimonies and World-Making at the Brundtland Commission Public Hearings

This SSHRC-funded (2013-2015) research project is an in-depth examination of the narratives and narrative contexts through which participants in the World Commission on Environment and Development (1983-87) public hearings contributed to developing, contesting, and performing an imagined global community. The project aims to develop an understanding of how this particular imagined globality was brought into public discourse and gained cultural authority. It will contribute to an emerging literary and cultural studies scholarship on imagined globalities and their relationship to fragmentary global regimes of finance, governance, and ecological management.

        Josh Overbeek, a research assistant working on the project, has written blog posts detailing his experience:
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