Café Culture: Global Catastrophe Today
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (GMT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Narratives of global catastrophe have a long history in apocalyptic thinking and have become near ubiquitous in contemporary literature and film, political rhetoric and popular science. This panel brings together humanities researchers, natural scientists and climate change activists. We explore how knowledge about future catastrophe is made into stories and images in the present. Does exposure to dark and ominous futurist imaginaries paralyse us with fear or can it make us more prone to political action? How can narratives of global catastrophe help us understand and assess actual risk scenarios? The event will include short talks by Dr Florian Mussgnug and Dr Jakob Stougaard-Nielsen and will conclude with an engaging discussion of examples from environmental campaigns and political reports.