WEBINAR: CoFUTURES: Pathways to Possible Presents. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion
What can future fictions tell us about how we live and exist in the present? What can they tell us about how we may live and exist in the present?
Photo: Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. Description: The entangled bank near Mnajdra and Ħaġar Qim, Malta, one of the reference points for CoFUTURES
What can future fictions tell us about how we live and exist in the present? What can they tell us about how we may live and exist in the present? In this talk, I present some core ideas from CoFUTURES: Pathways to Possible Presents (ERC) and Science Fictionality (NFR), two current concurrent projects that explore how future fictions present planetary futures and offer different ways of understanding planetary challenges, including climate change, demographic change, and technological change. CoFUTURES believes that to better understand the future, be it of humanity, of other species, of technology, or the planet, we must engage with how people think with futures around the world. The project employs a speculative lens towards addressing issues of sustainability, exploring alternative visions of innovation, non-traditional visions of futures, and questions of environmental justice especially from the perspective of marginal or marginalized communities.
Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay is Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway. Chattopadhyay is also an Imaginary College Fellow at the Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University.
UiO published an article about Chattopadhyay's research earlier this year: Science fiction about the future may provide solutions to today’s crises