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Using fiction to facilitate complex transformations

Karen O’Brien and Nicole Schafenacker have written an article in the 14th issue of Tvergastein discussing how fiction can transform how we imagine the future. Read More


In their article “Can Climate Fiction Empower Social Quantum Change?” Karen O’Brien and Nicole Schafenacker present Our Entangled Future, a new volume of short stories on climate change, the future, and quantum social change.

In the collection, nine stories – and accompanying artworks – exemplify the need to visualize and internalize the idea that we and our relationship to each other and the planet are inherently connected. This can lead to an important transformation in our senses, experiences, and consciousness, which is necessary for imagining an equitable and sustainable future. How we speak about our future has an important influence on how we perceive and commit to change. Therefore, we can use fiction to empower transformation by envisioning a positive and hopeful alternative that can then shape actions.

Art is an important way to describe, understand and interpret ourselves, our environment and our interconnected relations. With a collection of poems, artwork, personal stories, and research, the 14th issue of Tvergastein (2020) showcases the powerful and influential role of art within discourses on environmental challenges.

Tvergastein: The Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment provides a space for different expressions of art to deal with today’s discussions on the environment. At the launch event for the volume, the team at Tvergastein compiled an exhibition of powerful and inspiring art by Elin Glærum Haugland, Kirsty Kross, Tone Bjordam and Torstein Lund Eik.

Read O’Brien and Schafenacker’s Tvergastein article here (p. 78-85).

Find out more about Our Entangled Future here.

Find out more about Tvergastein here.


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