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‘Raising the temperature’: the arts on a warming planet
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.
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2018 (English)In: Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, ISSN 1877-3435, E-ISSN 1877-3443, Vol. 31, p. 71-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The search for decisive actions to remain below 1.5 °C of global temperature rise will require profound cultural transformations. Yet our knowledge of how to promote and bring about such deep transformative changes in the minds and behaviours of individuals and societies is still limited. As climate change unravels and the planet becomes increasingly connected, societies will need to articulate a shared purpose that is both engaging and respectful of cultural diversity. Thus, there is a growing need to ‘raise the temperature’ of integration between multiple ways of knowing climate change. We have reviewed a range of literatures and synthesized them in order to draw out the perceived role of the arts in fostering climate transformations. Our analysis of climate-related art projects and initiatives shows increased engagement in recent years, particularly with the narrative, visual and performing arts. The arts are moving beyond raising awareness and entering the terrain of interdisciplinarity and knowledge co-creation. We conclude that climate-arts can contribute positively in fostering the imagination and emotional predisposition for the development and implementation of the transformations necessary to address the 1.5 °C challenge.

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2018. Vol. 31, p. 71-79
Keywords [en]
art-science, climate-arts, transformations, transdisciplinarity, IPCC, climate change, art-based research
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Sustainability Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152292DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2017.12.010ISI: 000433107100011OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-152292DiVA, id: diva2:1178678
Available from: 2018-01-30 Created: 2018-01-30 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved
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1. The Transformative Imagination: Re-imagining the world towards sustainability
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2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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A central task for sustainability science in the Anthropocene is to offer guidance on alternative pathways of change. Even though this search and implementation of pathways towards sustainability is likely to require profound social-ecological transformations, little is yet known about the individual and collective capacities needed to support such transformations. This thesis explores the connection between human imagination and sustainability transformations, and introduces the notion of the transformative imagination to support methodological innovation in sustainability sciences, and practices aiming to support transformations towards sustainability. The transformative imagination is suggested to support fundamentally new ways of seeing, feeling, encountering and envisioning the world. The thesis takes a transdisciplinary action-research approach and studies how specific participatory practices, including the arts, may foster the transformative imagination as a means to more skilfully respond to, anticipate and shape social-ecological trajectories in the Anthropocene. The four included papers, each explores how practices may support particular features of the imagination as a transformative capacity. Paper I analyses a case in coastal Kenya where participatory modelling and future scenarios are applied to foster imagination of dynamics of interdependences and trade-offs within the context of poverty alleviation and ecosystems change. Paper II explores system diagrams and scenarios as practices for the development of social-ecological narratives that may support robust interventions in coastal Kenya and Mozambique. Paper III implements, and studies how an art-based approach based on performances, visual methods and an art installation, could support transformative visions of the Iberian Peninsula in the context of extreme climate change. Paper IV is a literature review of the potential contributions of the arts to transformations, in the context of climate change. These papers focus on different features of imagination, which under certain circumstances may progressively develop into societal transformative capacities with the potential to re-structure current social-ecological realities. Overall, this thesis is a step towards forging new kinds of reflexive, imaginative and deliberative practices that can support the emergence of local arrangements of a sustainable world where life can carry on.

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Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 2018
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ways of knowing, transformations, complexity, futures, practice, transdisciplinarity, creativity, art-based, embodied meaning, action-research, science-policy
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Other Social Sciences
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Sustainability Science
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-152294 (URN)978-91-7797-137-5 (ISBN)978-91-7797-138-2 (ISBN)
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2018-03-15, Vivi Täckholmsalen (Q-Salen), NPQ-Huset, Svante Arrhenius väg 20, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 3: Submitted.

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