Cancellation of ClimateExistence 2020 – Save the date for 2021
Due to the present situation with the corona virus we have decided to cancel ClimateExistence 2020 in Sigtuna, May 14 – 16.
It was a hard, but given the circumstances, inevitable decision. With new directions from the Swedish authorities, strict travelling restrictions, and not the least a general concern in society at large, the obstacles eventually became too hard to overcome.
We believe that you have looked forward to the conference just as much as we have, and to make sure that this important ClimateExistence Dialogue continues we are already planning for ClimateExistence in 2021.
Please save the new date for ClimateExistence: August 12-14, 2021
Refund of conference fees
The conference fee will be fully refunded to all participants. To be able to refund your fee we ask you kindly to send an email to Helena Carlsson email@example.com at the financial department of the Sigtuna Foundation with the information needed to make the refund. We need the following:
For participants with accounts in Swedish banks:
- The name of your bank
- Your account number in this bank (including prefix/clearing number)
For participants with accounts in banks outside Sweden:
- SWIFT (code identifying your bank), and
- IBAN (code identifying your account in this bank)
We will do our best to handle the refunds as soon as possible.
Finally, we sincerely hope to see you in Sigtuna, Sweden, in 2021!
The Organizing Committee of Climate Existence
We encourage everyone interested to send in a contribution to the conference. This contribution can be in a variety of formats. Suggestions for art-installations, performances, poetry, workshops or more traditional academic papers are all welcome. If you have ideas you would like to share with us before the contribution deadline, we are very grateful for an e-mail with your thoughts. Be inspired by the concept text below.
At the conference we will focus on several different themes within the concept of ClimateExistence and the review committee will suggest where the accepted contributions might fit in. We aim at combining different kinds of contributions and merging categories. We are especially interested in the spaces, cracks and bridges between different disciplines and expressions.
Send your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than February 12, 2020. Your contribution (abstract 100-150 words) should include name, contact information and a short description of who you are.
In addition to written material, feel free to include music files, videos, pictures or pictures of material if relevant. If you think the contribution file size is too large for e-mail, please let us know how we can access the material in other ways (link to webpage also works). A review committee will look at all the contributions and we will get back to you after the deadline. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions.
Are we now in the tunnel at the end of the light?
Climate Change has become a reality with little room to maneuver. Some talk about changes that would be detrimental to many of the things we have built our societies on. The more-than-human world is being slaughtered all around us in the name of progress and greed. Meanwhile psychologists talk about depression, sadness, acceptance and climate grief.
But, at the same time, youth are rising up, regardless of any abstract notion of hope. And as we anguish, people, plants, animals around the world are struggling without respite, and have been for a long time.
What would it mean to be in the tunnel at the end of the light? A tunnel can also be a place of refuge, or an escape route. When our eyes become accustomed to the darkness, what is it we will see? What kind of existential questions do we need to ask? How do we stop running from disaster to disaster? Incident to incident?
CEMUS and the Sigtuna Foundation welcome you to the fifth ClimateExistence 2020! Together we will ask the difficult questions, searching in the darkness for glimpses of light to guide or steps forward. Venturing into the blackest black, standing closer to the edge, stepping into the void.
When: May 14-16 2020
Where: The Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna Sweden
How: For more information and updates, see www.climateexistence.se
Concept inspired by:
”The tunnel at the end of the light” is inspired by Tomas Andersson Wij’s song “Mörkrets hastighet” (the speed of darkness) from the record “Avsändare okänd” (sender unknown) http://tomasanderssonwij.se/album/avsandare-okand/
MIT engineers develop “blackest black” material to date http://news.mit.edu/2019/blackest-black-material-cnt-0913