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Climate Fiction - Science, Stories or Seeds of Transformation?

Joni Adamson

  • Professor of English and Environmental Humanities, Department of English, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Clark Miller

  • Associate Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, ASU
  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

Sydney Lines

  • Communications Program Coordinator, LightWorks, ASU

Manjana Milkoreit

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, ASU

Internationally renowned, award-winning authors like Margaret Atwood, Paolo Bacigalupi, and Ian McEwan are turning to the emerging literary genre of Climate Fiction – or Cli-Fi – to tell stories set in a climatically changed world.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative invites you to a Cli-Fi panel discussion on the nature and roots of the genre and its impact beyond simply telling stories. Can a story trigger a social movement? Does it offer science lessons? Could a book change politics or societies? How?

Adding interactivity to the discussion, the panel will engage attendees to create on-the-spot Cli-Fi storytelling with a short flash-fiction exercise.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is an ASU partnership between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, the Center for Science and the Imagination, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
12:00 - 1:45 p.m.