Literary Play – Imagination, Speculative Fiction, and the Climate

Activity: Talk or presentation typesLecture and oral contribution


Literature (with a capital L) is often characterized as a serious form of writing, with other genres – crime fiction,
romance, science fiction – considered less serious and read for pure enjoyment, framed as escapism, the same kind
of recreation that is parallel to play and playfulness. At the same time, literature, in both its serious and speculative forms, allows a freedom of the imagination – the form of literature allows for revisions of the past, presentations of alternative presents, and importantly imaginations of the future. This talk will focus on how literary imaginations of the future – playing with the idea of the future - can stage and help form our reactions and planning to longterm challenges – climate change, biodiversity crisis. I will present ways in which speculative fiction has reacted to the climate crisis in particular, through climate change fiction, and try to suggest which narratives might be useful in motivating future change.
Period3 Nov 2023
Event titleForms of Play
Event typeSeminar
LocationAarhus , DenmarkShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Climate Change Fiction
  • Literature
  • Climate Change
  • Play