Climate Change Temporalities explores how various timescales, timespans, intervals, rhythms, cycles, and changes in acceleration are at play in climate change discourses. It argues that nuanced, detailed, and specific understandings and concepts are required to handle the challenges of a climatically changed world, politically and socially as well as scientifically. Rather than reflecting abstractly on theories of temporality, this edited collection explores a variety of timescales and temporalities from narratives, experience, popular culture, and everyday life in addition to science and history - and the entanglements between them. The chapters are clustered into three main sections, exploring a range of genres, such as questionnaires, interviews, magazines, news media, television series, aquariums, and popular science books to critically examine how and where climate change understandings are formed. The book also includes chapters historising notions of climate and temporality by exploring scientific debates and practices.
Climate Change Temporalities will be of great interest to students and scholars of humanistic climate change research, environmental humanities, studies of temporality and historicity, cultural studies, cultural history, and popular culture.
Table of Contents
1. Climate Change Temporalities: Narratives, Genres, and Tropes, Kyrre Kverndokk and Anne Eriksen Part 1: Vernacular Notions of Climate Change Temporality 2. ‘Where is global warming when you need it?’: The Role of Immediacy in Vernacular Constructions of Climate Change, Diane E. Goldstein 3. The Great Re-Skilling: Understandings of Generation, Tradition, and Nostalgia in Everyday-Life Climate Activism, Lone Ree Milkær 4. In the Shadow of Apocalyptic Futures: Climate Change as a Cultural Trope in Vernacular Discourse, Camilla Asplund Ingemark Part 2: Mediating Climate Change Temporality 5. The Extreme Summer of 2018: Norwegian Weather News and the Politics of Weatherlore, Kyrre Kverndokk 6. The Prophetic Tone in True Detective: Sensing the Time of the Future Climate Disaster, Isak Winkel Holm 7. Advocating Equilibrium: On Climate Change at Public Aquariums, Lars Kaijser Part 3: Cultural Histories of Climate Change Temporality 8. The Sixth Extinction: Naming Time in a New Way, Marit Ruge Bjærke 9. Smoke, Smells, and Seaweeds in Eighteenth-Century Norway, Anne Eriksen 10. Origin Myths from the Cultural Historical Archive of the Anthropocene: Vico, Burnet, and the Time of the Deluge, John Ødemark Part 4: Conclusion 11. Living the Climate Change, Marit Ruge Bjærke
Kyrre Kverndokk is Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Marit Ruge Bjærke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cultural Studies at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Anne Eriksen is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Oslo, Norway.