Back in 2017, increasingly worryingly, a most pressing theme was completely missing from the literary and art discourse in Budapest. There was very limited reflection upon the challenges of climate change or the much debated notion of the Anthropocene, and even if there were artists […]
The Climate Imaginary Reader examines the possibilities of imagination in a broader context of the climate crisis. The goal of the Climate Imaginary Reader is to provide more local answers to global challenges. Tackling the root causes of the climate crisis would require systemic change on an international scale, but the global phenomenon is built on local acts and experiences, the assessment of which can help us understand the ecosystem’s ultimatum––including the current Covid-19 pandemic that just entered its second wave––and activate the radical social imaginary necessary to devise answers to the challenge.
The invited authors––young scholars and artists––come from different scholarly backgrounds. The points of view showcased in this issue combine the analytic tools of the fields of philosophy, political philosophy, eco-criticism, eco-feminism, critical media theory, environmental studies, political economics. They ascribe to the principles of interdisciplinarity and interconnectedness as practices which underpin a radical imagination. It cannot be foreseen what kinds of new normalities will be born and how the status quo adapts to the new circumstances after the COVID-19 pandemic, nevertheless the analyses of the Climate Imaginary Reader are dedicated to more sustainable visions of the future serving the creation of more equal societal and environmental relations.
The World as Contingent Space
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader Modern thought does not bear the unpredictability of nature. Throughout the history of philosophy, many thinkers have warned that we should handle the factuality of our knowledge with reservations, but contemporary thought is determined by the common beliefs rooted […]
The Politics of Susceptibility
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader When we speak about climate change and its more and more obvious presence in our lives, we also criticize our relationship to the Earth in two respects. Firstly, humans have exploited nature. Secondly, humans thought this kind of exploitation […]
Climate Change, COVID-19, and the Space Cabin: A Politics of Care in the Shadow of Space Colonization
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader Space exploration is often heralded as the greatest scientific and technological achievement of humankind. Since inhabiting the International Space Station in late 2000, astronauts on board have been working, sleeping, eating, and living in microgravity, 400 km above the […]
Between Two Giants: Materialism and the Social Imaginary in the Energy (Transitions) of Hungary
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader Power lines, reactors and radioactive waste repositories, generators, furnaces, and photoelectric cells: citizens may think that they have little to do with these infrastructures but they have defined social relations for decades. Energy systems play a prominent role in […]
Beyond the Postcard: an Ecocritical Inquiry on Images of Nature
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader Contemplations of nature continue to be dominated by “factfulness-organizing” Western notions of modernity – in other words, scientificity, infinite development and capitalism’s unrelenting urge to grow. As nature takes form in the Enlightenment’s worldview and becomes the culturally passive […]
The Long March through Social Imagination
xtro realm / Climate Imaginary Reader Social imagination appears to be suspicious – engagement with it may be easily questioned, as if it naively suggests that the social being of humans can be significantly determined by arbitrary association and the chaotic connection and disconnection of […]