The talk explores climate change narratives in contemporary fiction and film.
The talk explores the cultural work of literary and screen media in shaping and reflecting popular notions of anthropogenic climate change. In her research as Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), Julia Leyda is inquiring into the recent proliferation of climate change narratives in fiction and film, as well as the media and academic conversations about them. The talk introduces the concept of climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and its origins, uses, and primary features. Film and Television Studies professor Leyda will then outline two case studies. The first focusses on Cli-Fi’s representations of politics. It examines the Norwegian TV series Okkupert and the US-Canadian comics series We Stand on Guard as examples of popular culture texts that portray future political crisis as outcomes of climate change. Her second case study uncovers the ways in which climate change serves as a subtext in several contemporary TV series, including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Daredevil.