• Christina Berg Johansen

Climate Change Temporalities conference

Updated: Aug 19

This week, I'll meet with a bunch of interesting, imaginative and activistic researchers at the Climate Change Temporalities conference, hosted by the University of Bergen.

We'll be sharing research on how to imagine the future different(ly), a future that is both now and in a million years to come. The key note is by Michelle Bastian, a big name in critical time studies and environmental humanities. Check out more here, if you are interested in the topic, or reach out to me for a summary or further discussion. My own presentation is based on my abstract below:

Organizing in the Anthropocene – a utopian exploration

The geological denomination of the ‘Anthropocene’ epoch, and the titanic climate changes it involves, constitutes an ontological shift in human beings’ relations to time. The future no longer belongs to the Enlightenment notion of human ‘progress’ (Koselleck 2004), but to eco-system changes that will be massive, catastrophic and real in our own lifetime as well as for thousands of years to come. To meet the uncountable challenges of the Anthropocene requires not only technical solutions, but new ways

of being in and with the world, implicating also new ways of organizing ourselves in the world (Ergene, Calás, and Smircich 2018; Wright et al. 2018). Whereas contemporary organizing is largely based on templates from the industrial era, with its clock-time, efficiency obsessed, teleological agency, organizing in the Anthropocene requires different kinds of agency driven by ‘attunement’ (Morton, 2013) to the timescales of life on Earth, and new kinds of care for the human and non-human lives that human organization depends on (Haraway 2016; Yusoff 2016). My presentation at the Climate Change Temporalities conference will explore how alternative temporal orientations both exist (Parker et al. 2014) and can be cultivated in contemporary organizing. The exploration uses utopian thinking as a method to "disrupt the closure of the present” (Levitas 2013:119) and imagine and carve out modes of agency that allows for radically different ways of being in time, through for example practices of hope, smallness, slowness and care.