North-South Climate Futures

We are all looking at a probable future deeply marked by climate change. A new key faultline will likely divide humanity  into the ‘climate priveleged’ and the ‘climate precariat’. How is this gulf reflected in cultural texts? How are climate grief, fury, alterity, hope, injustices and resistances negotiated creatively in divergent sites of cultural production?

The planetary challenges of our time are being gazed upon through permeable cultural prisms, always already historically situated. What we see through our prisms affects our imaginaries of the future, which has tangible effects on the presents we are continually building. We need to further understand how (g)local cultures frame these “wicked problems”, in order to better comprehend action (or lack thereof) in the present.

Climate futures, and the people who create them, can tell us something about how climate change is (re)negotiated and (re)imagined in different cultural contexts, and thus how (climate) future imaginings are animating the present.

This is a three year PhD-project conducted by Marta Mboka Tveit. It is part of the ScienceFictionality research project, at the Department of Cultural Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. It is a comparative cultural project, taking a ecocritical look at pan-African and Norwegian speculative texts and cultural contexts, focusing on climate futures.  It asks: What work is futuring doing, in different cultural production sites, now that the alarming realities of climate change are upon us?