The Center for Humanities at Temple (CHAT) and the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio are excited to announce a collaborative research and arts project on climate-themed science fiction (Cli-Fi) .
The Cli-Fi Forum will bring together faculty, librarians, and students from across the disciplines for a year-long seminar exploring the form and politics of climate fiction from the twentieth-century to today. Based out of the ongoing project at Temple Libraries’ Scholars Studio to digitize mass-market science fiction, the Cli-Fi forum is currently announcing graduate fellowship applications and a virtual climates contest.
Supported by: Temple University Presidential Humanities and Arts Program Collaborative Award through the Office of the Vice President for Research
Research Project Overview
At a time when Americans still struggle to come to terms with how we can address the greatest threats unleashed by pollution, from rising seas to unbreathable air, this project proposes to look at the history of Anglo-American cultural imaginings of our climate futures, dystopian and utopian, from the post-WWII era until today. The establishment of strategies to promote sustainability of the planet in the current political climate of denialism in the Anthropocene necessitates not only scientific problem-solving, but humanistic approaches to communicate future threats and potential solutions. Importantly, this is not a question of “science,” as the facts of man-made climate change are undeniable. Instead, we posit that the crisis of our contemporary era is actually a question for the humanities:
How can we communicate the reality of the climate crisis as a narrative that makes sense to, and persuades those who cannot imagine the consequences of society’s overproduction & consumption?
To answer this question, we will be exploring the variety of ways our climate futures have been told through fictional genres, especially literature and cinema, over the twentieth-century.
Graduate Student Workers: We invite graduate students from across the humanities and the social sciences to write a statement of interest to participate in a year-long graduate seminar studying the history of science fiction on the climate. Based out of an ongoing project at Temple Libraries’ Scholars Studio digitizing science fiction, this seminar will bring together faculty, librarians, and students to look at the material and digitized versions of climate fiction. For more information, visit our application page.
Virtual Climates Contest: We invite proposals to receive funding and support for Temple undergraduate/graduate students and/or faculty to create a virtual environment that reflects on the future of the environment and climate change. This could be a game, a virtual experience, art installation, narrative within a virtual environment, or other concepts that match the theme and technology of the award. See Virtual Climates Contest page for information on eligibility and application requirements.