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Past events

Seminar series: Climate change and biodiversity in literary fiction

During autumn 2018 we hosted a series of seminars on climate fiction with a specific attention to biodiversity loss. We explored this topic through the reading of four works of fiction: Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation (the first part of the Southern Reach trilogy), Barbara Kingsolver's Flight Behavior, Maja Lunde's The History of Bees and Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140.


Flooding in Skåne: Past Memories and Future Fears


Caroline Hallin, doctoral student at the Division of Water Resources Engineering at Lund University, give a seminar about the 1872 storm flood 'Backafloden' and its effects in Skåne: at that time, if it would occur today, or in a future with higher sea levels. At the seminar we discussed the evolution of risk awareness through time and how it relates to cultural memory regimes.


Tranport Futures 2 - Stories about digitalisation


This was the second of two seminars on the topic of 'Transport Futures'. In 'Stories about digitalisation', Christer Ljungberg and Emma Lund from Trivector discussed the narratives surrounding the ongoing digitalisation of the transport system. How does narratives about digitalisation affect society and desicon making in relation to transportation?

Tranport Futures 1 - Scenarios as narratives


This was the first of two seminars on the topic of 'Transport Futures.' In 'Scenarios as narratives', Lena Smidfelt Rosqvist from Trivector discussed the meaning of scenarios within the transport sector. What does it mean that the Swedish Transport Administration communicate a scenario in which traffic is projected to increase, despite this being contratictive to current transport goals?


Vernissage: Man and Biosphere - Prekära Situationer 


Man and Biosphere - prekära situationer, ett tvärvetenskapligt samarbetsprojeketet mellan konst och forskning, kulminerar i en utställning på Kristianstads konsthall. Johannes Stripple medverkade under invigningen av utställningen tillsammans med konstnärerna Caroline Mårtensson, Malin Lobell, Nilsmagnus Sköld och Terje Östling.


Trivectors Grandseminarium: Vem äger berättelsen om framtiden? 


Johannes Stripple, Roger Hildingsson och Alexandra Nikoleris presenterade Narrating Climate Futures på Trivectors årliga Grandseminarium som i år hade temana samverkan och framtidsberättelser. Presentationen fokuserade på hur de olika teknikerna för framtidsberättande används för att skapa berättelser om transporter i framtiden.


Breakfast seminar: Rethinking Transport Futures 


Stefan Gössling, Professor at the Linnaeus University School of Business and Economics and Lund University’s Department of Service Management covenes a seminar on the topic of transport futures. Gössling's research is focused on the interrelationships between tourism, transport and sustainability across a vide range of cultural and geographical settings. In the seminar, he discusses a variety of questions regarding the outlooks of both behavioural and technical aspects of how transportation might change, such as co-identities, the psychology of the car, aviation challenges and the political barriers to changing transport systems. 


Modeller och Noveller: Ett samtal om klimatförändringens berättelser


Johannes Stripple, Alexandra Nikoleris och Paul Miller förde ett samtal på Naturum i Kristianstad om hur klimatförändringar kan skildras genom skönlitteratur och klimatmodeller och hur dessa berättelser kan berika varandra. Tre teman: ekosystemförändringar, havsnivåhöjningar och torka stod i fokus. Dessa illustrerades av romanerna Flight Behavior (Barbara Kingsolver), New York 2140 (Kim Stanley Robinson) och Blå (Maja Lunde). Samtalet arrangeras av projektet Man and Biosphere, prekära situationer, som är ett samarbete mellan forskare och konstnärer och var en del av framtidsveckan i Kristianstad.


The Uses of Story - Narrative prototyping as a research tool for interdisciplinary exchange and impactful outreach: Seminar 


A breakfast seminar convened by the invited scholars Paul G Raven (University of Sheffield) and Andrew Merrie (Stockholm Resilience Center). They discuss and explore the uses of fictional narratives as a tool for envisioning and engaging particular futures. Paul has a background as science fiction writer and presents his thoughts on how we can prototype futures by using fictional stories and narratives as a way to bring together disciplines in imagining how futures in a changing world might look like. Andrew presents findings from a recent study in which he uses the method of science fiction prototyping to explore possible ocean futures scenarios.


Narrating Climate Futures - Storytelling to create change:  Seminar 


A seminar arranged by LUCSUS and Skissernas Museum as part of their event "Arts Meet Science". The seminar is centered aroung the intersection between fictional stories of climate change and scientific models of the future. In a panel with Paul Miller (Dept. of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science), Paul Tenngart (Centre for Languages and Literature), and Paul G Raven (University of Sheffield) the possibility of climate fiction as a way to catalyse change towards a more sustainable society is discussed. The seminar is moderated by Johannes Stripple, coordinator of Narrating Climate Futures. 


Bigert & Bergström - “The Weather War”: Guided tour at Skissernas Museum 


Narrating Climate Futures organises a guided tour at the Bigert and Bergström exhibition “The Weather War”, at Skissermans museum followed up by a reflection session on the way in which cultural representations of climate related issues can serve to raise awareness and facilitate new responses. Bigert and Bergström produces and creates art reflecting on scientific, climate related and social issues, The core of their work is placed within the intersection between human, nature and technology. In ”The Weather War" they examine the human obsession to control and manipulate the weather and climate.  


How are climate futures narrated?: Workshop


A full day workshop aimed to sum up ideas and reflections from the basecamp seminars. The aim with the workshop is to bring ideas and disciplines together in order to move forward and find common ground. Four external scholars (Peter Pelzer and Wytske Veersteg, University of Utrecht, Graeme MacDonald, University of Warwick, and Matthew Paterson, University of Manchester) and one internal (Emily Boyd, LUCSUS) are invited to convene small group discussions around how climate futures can be narrated. 


Transition Pathways and Visions: Basecamp seminar 6


In the sixth and final basecamp seminar, we explore the forth area of technique: transition partways and visions. The seminar centeres around examples of how pathways and visions are used as means to envisage alternative development trajectories and decarbonization. Based on these examples, we discuss how and why pathways and visions are produced and used, both in the context of national and international climate change politics and policy.  


Narrating Climate Futures at Malmö Museer: Workshop


Malmö museer is organising a half day workshop around the Sustainable Development Goals, In collaboration with Narrating Climate Futures. The workshop brings together Narrating Climate Futures members with museum workes to discuss ways in which museums can use stories and narratives in relation to questions concerning climate change and sustainability. In particular, the workshop centeres around finding ideas for how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into the exhibition “Our Common Nature”. The day starts with a guided tour of the exhibition, followed by presentations and discussions. 


Cultural Interventions: Basecamp seminar 5


This seminar centers around cultural representations of a climate change world, which relates to the third area of technique. Such representations have increasingly emerged lately, both in terms of art, literature and film. In the seminar examples from both the art community, such as different ways in which artists have engaged with climate change, and the field of literature, such as the role of interventional narratives in climate change fiction, are explored.  


Demonstration and Experimentation: Basecamp seminar 4 


We move on to the second technique of storytelling, exploring how experimentations and demonstrations can be used as a way to address challenges in a carbon constrained world. Such projects are particularly prevalent in urban environments, and examples include for instance demonstration homes, urban living labs, mobility schemes, and new technology. 


Scenarios of Contested Energy Futures: Basecamp seminar 3 


In the third basecamp seminar, the participants are introduced to the development of energy futures scenarios from the 1970s and onwards. The seminar centeres around different kinds of energy scenarios, such as forecasting, explorative scenarios, and backcasting, and also on different ways of using them, such as to prepare for the future and/or to shape the future


Klimatkommunerna: Conference 


As part of a conference arranged by Klimatkommunerna, Johannes Stripple & Roger Hildingsson (Dept. of Political Science) from the Narrating Climate Futures initiative give a seminar about decarbonization stories. 


Scenarios of Climate Change Impact: Basecamp seminar 2 


The second basecamp seminar is centred around the first technique: modelling and scenarios. With the aim to discuss ways in which climate futures can be envisioned through the use of climate models and scenarios of futures trajectories, we explore examples from land use scenarios and ecosystem modelling. Additionally, Per Bodin from the Swedish board of Agriculture gives a talk about the way in which they develop and make use of different scenarios (e.g. land use scenarios, food prices scenarios, energy consumption scenarios).


The Power of Imagination: Basecamp seminar 1


The kick-off and introduction to Narrating Climate Futures as a collaborative initiative: the first basecamp seminar in a series of six. The aim of this first seminar is to familiarize the participants with the concepts of narrative and story, and to kick off a discussion on how these concepts can be used to explore new ways of responding to the challenges of a climate changed world. We introduce four areas of techniques relying on narratives and story: 1) modelling and scenarios, 2) demonstration and experimentation, 3) cultural interventions, and 4) transition pathways and visions. These techniques form the basis for the upcoming seminars.


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