WEBINAR: Climate Change Temporalities: Some Results from a Research Project. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion.

In this talk, professor Kyrre Kverndokk will present some of the main results from the research project: “The Future is now: Temporality and exemplarity in climate change discourses”.

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‘Climate change’ is a conceptualization of an abstract, scientifically defined phenomenon. Climate change is not directly observable. The phenomenon becomes a defined object through numbers, graphs, or texts. To some extend these numbers, graphs, or texts are the object. Thus, to make ‘climate change’ meaningful in science, politics, public debate, and everyday life requires different rhetorical, linguistic, and semiotic practices. Climate change needs to be conceptualised, narrated, and exemplified to become meaningful, tangible and experienceable. The interdisciplinary RCN-project “The Future is Now: Temporality and exemplarity in climate change discourses” (2017–2021) has explored such practise through a number of case studies. The project has especially emphasised the temporal dimension of such sense-making. It has examined climate change temporalities in some intersections between Western scientific, media and vernacular discourses. In this lunch talk I will present some of the main results from the project, see https://future.w.uib.no/.  

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Kyrre Kverndokk is Professor of Cultural Studies at the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, at the University of Bergen.  He has published on the practice and politics of Second World War memory, the history of folklore studies and the cultural history of natural disasters. He is currently leading the research project “The Future is Now: Temporality and exemplarity in climate change discourses”. His latest publication is Climate Change Temporalities: Explorations in Vernacular, Popular, and Scientific Discourse, Routledge 2021 (co-edited with Marit Ruge Bjærke and Anne Eriksen).

About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Climate Change, Temporality
Published Jan. 7, 2021 2:43 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 10:40 AM