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ClimateExistence conference 2021

2021-08-12 kl. 09:00 - 2021-08-14 kl. 16:00 UTC+2

We are very happy to announce that the conference will go ahead as planned, on site, August 12-14th. Finally, we will be able to meet, hope to see you there!

Register for the conference here: https://dinkurs.se/appliance/?event_id=74137

Read more about the conference here: www.climateexistence.se, and see program and contributors below.


The preliminary program here will be updated up until the week before the conference.

Thursday August 12

9.00-10.00 Registration and morning coffee
10.00-10.20 The Sigtuna Foundation and CEMUS Welcome to ClimateExistence 2020
Music and performance
10.20-11.15 Jan van Boeckel “Mindful schizophrenia – Keeping one’s sanity in face of the ecological emergency”
11.15-12.00 Åsa Elmstam on her art
Mattias Olsson on his filmmaking
12.00-13.15 Lunch
13.15-14.00 Pella Thiel “All my relations. Living as if life mattered” Martin Modéus “On Holy Ground”
Martin Modéus, Anita Goldman and Martin Hultman conversation
15.30-16.00 Fika and check-in to rooms
16.00-17.15 Parallel sessions
Gerard van der Ree
Rozi Toth
Anouk Talen

Pedagogies for the Anthropocene; teaching transformation, resilience, and belonging
(to be confirmed)
Vidar Vetterfalk
Martin Hultman

This S%&t Aint Workin’! … a case for ecological masculinities
Martin Hedberg
Scenarios – how to deal with uncertainty and transformation
Mattias Olsson
Film and conversation

17.15-18.30 Pre-dinner programme
17.30 Qui Gong with Gröna Draken 17.30 (meet outside main entrance )
18.30-20.00 Dinner
20.00 Mattias Olsson film and discussion (film title to be confirmed)

Friday August 13

7.00-08.30 Breakfast
8.30-10.50 Parallel sessions including fika (fika avalible 10.00-11.00)
Jan Van Boeckel
Linking the missing links: an artful workshop on metamorphoses of organic forms
Pella Thiel
All my relations…Rights of Nature – a regenerative global movement. Workshop

Climate Change Leadership node workshop (to be confirmed)
Rickard Fornstedt
Helena Fornstedt

The climate comic – Building climate transition narratives through sequential arts

11.00-11.40 Mikael Kurkiala title to be announced
11.45-12.30 May-Britt Öhman “What if it was the Sámi who ruled the Sweonas and not the other way round? Indigenous perspectives challenging Western modernity and the destructive detachment from loving relationships to lands, waters, humans and more-than-humans”
Followed by conversation
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.55 Parallel sessions including fika (fika available 15.15-16.00)
Fulvia Calcagni
Alejandro Marcos-Valls
Maddalena Ripa

As a Rock in the River Collective action and individual choice: rethinking how to collectively face Climate Change through Theatre of the Oppressed
(to be confirmed)
Nora Bateson
(to be confirmed)
Maud Eriksen
Pia Skoglund

Papersession/Reflections on ethics, fiction and the great falsification
Eylem Ertürk
Ayşem Mert

Walking through the Tunnel at the end of the Light: Shared Walks for Climate Emergency

16.00-17.00 Anita Goldman “A Temple in Time or Why God can play a role in Climate Activism”
17.00-18.30 Pre-dinner programme
Art and installations
18.30-20.30 Dinner
21.00 Concert (Stora salen)

Saturday August 14

7.30 Breakfast
7.45- Alexander Crawford Elective morning walk/reflection
8.45-09.25 Dougald Hine “Knowing what we know”
9.30-10.15 Ida Lod The Owl Woman is a poetic and musical oracle living in the borderlands between life and death. She welcomes you to join her interactive performance-rituals where you will be invited embrace death and to honor the Unseen
10.15-10.45 Fika and check-out of rooms (at the latest)
10.45-12.00 Nora Bateson (to be confirmed)
Stefania Barca title to be announced
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-14.15 Madeleine Grieve 20-tal conversation
14.20-15.30 Isak Stoddard, Per Johansson and guests End of conference conversations
15.30-16.00 Fika and end of conference

Guests and contributors

Guest and contributors will be posted as they are confirmed. May be subject to change up until the start of the conference.

Nora Bateson [Filmmaker, Writer, Educator, Lecturer, President of the International Bateson Institute – Sweden & USA]

Nora Bateson, is an award-winning filmmaker, research designer, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson.

Jan van Boeckel [Artist-educator, Researcher and Film-maker – The Netherlands]

Jan van Boeckel is an artist and art educator who has worked for many years on the intersections of art, education and ecology. He was professor in art pedagogy at Estonian Academy of Arts from 2015 until 2018. Before he was a teacher at the Iceland University of the Arts and other places. In academic year 2018-2019 Jan worked as senior lecturer in art education at the University of Gothenburg and as visiting lecturer and teacher on the themes of art, sustainability and climate leadership at CEMUS) in Uppsala, also in Sweden.


Fulvia Calcagni [PhD Researcher, ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain]

Born and raised in Rome, Italy, Fulvia is a PhD researcher at ICTA-UAB since 2018. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Engineering from the Tor Vergata University of Rome and a Joint European Master Degree in Environmental Studies on Cities and Sustainability (JEMES-CiSu) from the Universities of Aalborg (AAU), Aveiro (UA), Hamburg (TUHH) and Barcelona (UAB). During her studies, she did some volunteer work as an environmental educator and she collaborated in writing and implementing projects for urban green areas management and regeneration. Previous to starting her PhD, she worked as a research assistant at ICTA in collaboration with the Generalitat de Catalunya in order to develop methods for assessing and integrating the Cultural Ecosystem Services into environmental regional planning schemes (Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment).


Alexander Crawford [Educator and Consultant – Sweden]

Alexander Crawford is a Stockholm-based educator and analyst, working as independent consultant and learning process designer. He works in global projects that explore interdependencies and complexity, in Sweden, Europe and China. For over ten years, he was research director and project director at the Tällberg Foundation, where he was lead program designer and project leader for the yearly global multi-stakeholder and cross-disciplinary Tällberg Forum (2005-2013). He is also an experienced analyst of economic, social and political trends, exploring the causes and consequences of global developments. Alexander is also involved in several non-profits and start-ups.

His session Listening to (outer and inner) nature at 7.45 on Saturday August 14 will feature an early morning nature walk with dialogue exercizes and reflection.

Åsa Elmstam [Artist – Sweden]

Åsa Elmstam, is an artist and a climate activist. She works with visualizing the climate crises and our over-consumption in exhibition form since 2007. Her background is a blend of silversmithing, jewelery art (Konstfack – Ädellab), art, crafts and studies In sustainable development in design (Sustanible Projects – University Tokyo Zokei, in Japan) etc. She is based at Södermalm in Stockholm.

Anita Goldman [Journalist and Author – Sweden]

Anita Goldman is a well known Swedish writer of cultural criticism to some of the major Swedish daily newspapers. Her writing focuses on a critical investigation into some of Western cultures basic premises: whether it concerns the use and abuse of Nature (as in the case of the atomic bomb), the ostracism of the female voice in cultural history and the fear of female bodies and desires or the materialistic focus that precludes a spiritual knowledge and awe in relating to the world. Anita Goldman is an ardent vegetable gardener in her house in southern Sweden, where she also leads writing workshops.

Dougald Hine [Writer, Teacher and Culturemaker a school called HOME, co-founder of the Dark Mountain Project – Sweden & UK]

dougaldhineDougald Hine is a social thinker, writer and creator of a series of projects and organisations. From 2009 to 2019, he was a director of the Dark Mountain Project, which he co-founded with Paul Kingsnorth. He is currently writing Notes From Underground, a weekly essay series on the context of the new climate movements for Bella Caledonia, where he is a commissioning editor. Originally from England, he now lives in Sweden.

dougald.nu, aschoolcalledhome.org and dark-mountain.net/author/dougald-hine

Martin Hultman [Associate professor in science, technology and environmental studies at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University pf Technology – Sweden]

Why don’t we act when we have known the existential danger of climate change for over thirty years? Such are the questions Assoc. Prof. Martin Hultman deal with in his research, praxes and every day life. Hultman is widely published in energy and climate issues especially notable are the articles ‘The Making of an Environmental Hero: A History of Ecomodern Masculinity, Fuel Cells and Arnold Schwarzenegger’ and ‘A green fatwā? Climate change as a threat to the masculinity of industrial modernity’ then the books Discourses of Global Climate Change, Ecological Masculinities and Contending with the (m)Anthropocene. As part of his academic work he publish chronicles in a wide range of newspapers, give public lectures on contemporary politics and advice NGO:s as well as governmental agencies. Hultman leads three research groups analyzing ‘gender and energy’, ‘ecopreneurship in circular economies’ and ‘climate change denial’ at Chalmers University of Technology. He is currently writing on a book with the preliminary title Co-Creating Earth Peace. The Paths of Ecopedagogy, Ecological Masculinities and Rights of Nature.


Per Johansson [Speaker, Analyst, Writer, Consultant and Podcaster – Sweden]

Per has a PhD in human ecology, and a BA in the history of science and ideas. In 2007 he left his post as senior lecturer at Lund university and has since then been active as a speaker, analyst, writer, consultant, and maker of podcast shows. His podcast series with prize-winning radio and culture journalist Eric Schüldt have reached something of a cult status in Sweden: Människan och maskinen (for Swedish national radio), Kunskapens träd and Myter & Mysterier (independent). His main concern is to turn our Western mentality around and base our both personal and advanced forms of understanding on actual experiences and sensations, rather than on conceptual representations.


Helena Fornstedt [PhD candidate, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Uppsala University and CEFO affiliate – Sweden]

Helena Fornstedt is a PhD candidate at the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering at Uppsala University and an affiliated member of the Cemus Research Forum, CEFO. She has a background in civil engineering and business economics, and her research focus is mainly on innovation and resistance to innovation. In her research she explores the tendency in contemporary narratives to always frame innovation as part of the solution – never part of the problem. Helena is interested in exploring different ways to make research reach beyond the ivory tower of academia. She has a monthly column in the local newspaper Örnsköldsviks Allahanda where she writes about transition, sustainability, innovation, science and technology. She is also part of the climate comic project (climatecomic.com), aiming to present climate-related research from multiple academic disciplines in a comic book.

Rickard Fornstedt [Illustrator, Designer and Graphic Storyteller – Sweden]

Rickard Fornstedt is a freelance illustrator, designer and graphic storyteller with a university degree in Graphic Storytelling and Sequential Arts from the University of Gävle. He is interested in communicating scientific research through illustrated narratives, and currently, he is involved in several projects in that area. One of them is the Climate Comic Project (climatecomic.com) that aims to present a narrative about climate change and transition away from fossil dependence in a comic book based on scientific research. His work has, among other things, received honorable mentions by the Swedish Comics Association and the Centre for Energy Ethics at the University of St Andrews. On an unrelated note, he is an incurable fantasy geek and likes to revel in “nerd culture”.

Mikael Kurkiala [Author and Researcher, the Swedish Church, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Uppsala University – Sweden]

Mikael Kurkiala is associate professor of Cultural anthropology at Uppsala University and researcher at the Church Office. He is the author of, among other titles, In every drum beat the earth’s pulse: the fear of differences of our times (Ordfront 2005) and When the Soul Goes into Exile: Modernity, Technology & the Sacred (Verbum 2019). He has also participated in several anthologies about the place of existential issues in contemporary society.

Ida Lod [Musician, Performer and Educator – Sweden]

Ida Lod is a musician, performer and educator who primarily works in interdisciplinary and crossdisciplinary settings. Through song, words, violin, movement and various ways of interaction with her surroundings she explores the connection between inner and outer worlds. Dadaistic Diva, Food of Love, Ofelia Reversed and Owl Woman are examples of some of her own productions where masking and demaskering are continuous explorations. As an educator Ida focuses on inspiring people to find their own creative voice through embodied voice-practices. Ida lives in Stockholm and was educated at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.


Martin Modéus [Bishop of the Diocese of Linköping, Church of Sweden and Theologian – Sweden]

Martin Modéus (born 1962) is a Swedish theologian and bishop of the Diocese of Linköping in the evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden.

Since many years, the Diocese has worked very actively for the environment and for sustainability which has resulted in a climate strategy with highly set goals. In the autumn of 2019, the bishops of the Church of Sweden jointly published an open letter, A Bishops’ Letter About the Climate, a piece of writing that highlights the spiritual and existential challenges – and possibilities – inherent in the climate crisis.

Texter och föredrag som biskop Martin Modéus skrivit

Mattias Olsson [Filmmaker and Founder of Campfire Stories – Sweden]

Filmmaker Mattias Olsson is the founder of Campfire Stories, which is a film platform that aims to inspire change towards a future of ecological balance and human sanity. His background is that of a still photographer, which was his profession during the 13 years he lived in New York. Since he moved back to Sweden in 2007 he’s produced five films for Swedish television (SVT) and 14 films for Campfire Stories. He’s also a podcast producer and a lecturer. And an enthusiastic hobby-farmer, with a particular love for growing tomatoes and chilies.


Magdalena Ripa [Post-Doc Researcher, ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain]

Maddalena Ripa is a Post-Doc researcher working in the IASTE research group since October 2016. Maddalena holds a PhD in “Environment, Resources and Sustainable Development” at Parthenope University of Naples in 2014. During her PhD and after, as postdoc researcher, she has collaborated in several international and European projects. Her research activity deals with (i) integrated approaches for environmental sustainability assessment and (ii) their application to bioconversions processes, waste management and energy efficiency strategies. She is author of several peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conference proceedings.


Pia Skoglund [Lecturer and Writer Ecophilosophy Karlstad University – Sweden]

Pia Skoglund has been teaching and writing from an Eco philosophic perspective for many years – mainly at Karlstad University but also in other fora. Her focus seems to circle around humans understood as diverse, manifold beings and the possibility for – and relevance of – meaningful emancipating action in relation to an evolutionary/ complex/active world. In that process, it seems that many of the philosophical questions that we thought already decided, must be re- investigated and concepts we have held for true since long, needs new consideration. And in the present crisis there is no time for quick philosophical or existential answers!
We can and need to talk and think about all this. If possible without being too sure about the quality and shape of our relation to the world. Experience is a great source of information in that process. For me that means forest and fishing, grandchildren and music, philosophy and dance, critical analysis – and synthesis, teaching, gardening, writing and cooking. As Emma Goldman might have said today: If all that´s not possible – it´s not my (r)-evolution!

Isak Stoddard [PhD Researcher, Natural Resources and Sustainable Development, Uppsala University – Sweden]

Isak Stoddard is a PhD researcher in Natural Resources and Sustainable Development with a particular focus on regional climate and energy transformations. Over the past decade he has worked in various capacities at the student-initiated Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at the University of Uppsala and Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. At CEMUS, his worked mainly focused on developing transformative and transdisciplinary approaches to higher education as a response to global environmental and societal challenges. Isak was also involved in the creation of a 10-year research-initiative on climate change leadership, centred around a series of visiting professorships at Uppsala University made possible by a donation from Zennström Philanthropies. He has an educational background in engineering physics and energy systems. A dual citizen of Sweden and the United States, he is now based in Uppsala, but enjoys frequent adventures to the Scandinavian mountains for skiing, wandering and climbing.


Pella Thiel [Educator and Activist – Sweden]

Pella Thiel is a maverick ecologist and activist who works with relational, systemic activism, change processes and leadership för a society in harmony with nature. She is a co-founder of the Swedish Transition Network, End Ecocide Sweden, Save the Rainforest Sweden and the swedish Network for Rights of Nature. She also teaches ecopsychology and is a part of the eco-psychology/art/activist NGO Lodyn. Pella coordinated the first three Rights of Nature Conferences in Sweden, is a part of the UN Harmony with Nature initiative and advisory board of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature. Pella has an MSc in Ecology from Stockholm University with the thesis on rainforest restoration in Ecuador. She enjoys pigs, having her hands in the soil at the smallholding in the archipelago of Stockholm where she lives, whiskey and playing with people who truly love what they are doing.


Alejandro Marcos Valls [PhD Researcher, ICTA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain]

Alejandro is doing his Ph. D. researching about how to provide integrated scenarios for island economies under the context of climate change. The study analyses the socio-ecologic metabolism of two islands, Menorca (Spain) and Ikaria (Greece), applying MuSIASEM, and aims at understanding about how scientific information can be better used in participatory/deliberative processes for decision-making to achieve a more self-sufficient/low carbon future.

​He holds an M. Sc. in Sustainable Development from Uppsala University (UU) and two bachelors, one in Environmental Sciences and another in Media and Communication, both from the University of Barcelona (UB). Before his Ph.D. started, Alejandro coordinated the courses ‘Sustainable Design’ and ‘Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures’ at CEMUS (UU) and he has been collaborating with different organizations in projects related to gender and sustainability issues as a facilitator, trainer and project manager.


Vidar Vetterfalk [Psychologist and Project Manager, Masculinites and the Climate Crisis at MÄN, Men for Gender Equality – Sweden]

Vidar Vetterfalk is Certified Psychologist, International Project Manager and expert in Masculinites and the Climate Crisis at MÄN, Men for Gender Equality, Sweden He has been active in the feminist organisation MÄN since its inception in 1993, working with engaging boys and men for gender equality and ending men’s violence. For Vidar, as for MÄN, holding men accountable through close cooperation with women’s movements is central to the holistic work with primary violence prevention, the support to women survivors and the work with perpetrators. Vidar grew up on a biodynamic farm and he is passionate about the interlinkages between gender equality, the environment, the climate crisis, and how to engage more men to care together with others.

Organizational website: www.mfj.se/en and On work with Men, Masculinities and the Climate Crisis: https://mfj.se/en/resources

May-Britt Öhman [Researcher, Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, CEMFOR, Uppsala University – Sweden]

May-Britt Öhman is PhD, researcher and project leader of “Dálkke: Indigenous Climate Change Studies”, at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, CEMFOR, Uppsala University, guest researcher at History, Luleå University of Technology, and leader of the Sámeednama friddja universitehta– Sámi Land Free University – initiative.

May-Britt Öhman is PhD in History of Technology, 2007, and Lule/Forest Sámi from Lule River/Julevädno, with ancestry also from the Torne river valley on the colonial border between Sweden and Finland.


2021-08-12 kl. 09:00 UTC+2
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