Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions

Tipping Points

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre.

Speakers Include:

John Adams (London School of Economics)
Derek Attridge (University of York)
Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London)
Christopher Norris (Cardiff University)
Santiago Zabala (ICREA/University of Barcelona)
And members and advisors of the Tipping Points project from Durham University:
Patricia Waugh, Sarah Atkinson, John Nash and Marc Botha

Critical Transitions refer to events, points, or processes through which significant change occurs. Such transitions characterize situations in which one state gives way, or tips, into another state – whether as a result of a gradual accumulation of tensions or forces, or through the eruption of something absolutely unexpected and new. In every case, however, Critical Transitions refer to dynamic situations.

To grasp this dynamism, it is necessary to recognize that the numerous concepts which have been developed to account for the…

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