The planetary challenges of our time are being gazed upon through permeable cultural membranes, always already historically situated. What we see through our membranes 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. Therefore, this project looks at imaginations of climate change in cultural texts from different production contexts.

North-South Climate Futures 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.

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.Since most of the cultural production examined here is made for worldwide audiences this also becomes a study of comparative localized transculturality. 

*Illustration by AI BOT Midjourney