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"Apocalypse & Apathy" Climate Thinking Lecture series: Children's and young people's literature on climate change

The Climate Thinking project was founded in 2019 as a research and teaching focus at the University of Kassel and formed as an IAG (Interdisciplinary Working Group) in 2022.

The focus is on developing transdisciplinary approaches to cultural and social contexts in which the problem complexes of the climate crisis and sustainability are discussed, talked about  and thought about 


Lecture series 2022 / 23: "Apocalypse and apathy. (In)ability to act in the context of climate change"
Contrary to the assumption that global climate change is a purely scientific problem, climate change should not only be considered as a natural phenomenon, but also in its complex cultural and social contexts. For although anthropogenic climate change has been shaping the socio-political discourse for decades - triggered not least by the environmental movement of the 1960s - social awareness does not seem to be sufficient for far-reaching changes in lifestyle habits, which have so far rendered us as a society incapable of reacting to the problem. The lecture series will not only get to the bottom of these habits and perspectives, but also look at the vicious circle of excessive demands, apathy and resignation. Against the background of the humanities and cultural sciences, the focus will always be on the question of how climate change is talked about, told and thought about.

Lecture on January 11:
"Von großen und kleinen Weltretter*innen" - Kinder- und Jugendliteratur zum Thema Klimawandel aus fachwissenschaftlicher und fachdidaktischer Perspektive
Elisa Hollerweger und Nils Lehnert, Universität Bremen, Anke Christensen, Universität zu Kiel (Literaturdidaktik/Literaturwissenschaft)

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The lectures always take place on Wednesdays between 8 and 10 p.m. in the Campus Center, Lecture Hall 3 and can be followed simultaneously on Zoom(for digital participation via Zoom).

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