Open online with Anita Goldman & Stephen Jenkinson in conversation on death, dying and the climate crisis

Welcome to the open online program day 2 of the ClimateExistence conference with Anita Goldman in conversation with Stephen Jenkinson!

Anita Goldman will facilitate a conversation on the connection between the climate crisis and our relationship with death and dying with Stephen Jenkinson.

When: August 17 kl. 10.00-12.00 CEST

Where: Livestreamed online at CEMUS Youtube channel

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Anita Goldman Author, writer och publicist.

Anita Goldman is a Swedish writer och publicist. She has published almost twenty books — fiction and non-fiction. She is presently working on a big book: Det vilda hoppets geografi (“The Geography of Wild Hope”) which is a very broad investigation into our(Western) civilization’s relationship to Nature. Goldman also contributes larger opinion-pieces to the foremost Swedish daily, Dagens Nyheter. She is one of the few voices in mainstream media and culture that offers a thorough civilisatory critic of our society, focusing on the nuclear war culture and energy, on the threats to the very earth we stand on and live from, on the absurd way we manufacture food etc, but also on the healing that comes from being in touch with Nature and growing and the importance of awe and a spiritual grounding. Goldman is an impatient but avid grower of vegetables and perennials at her house at the south easternmost tip of Sweden, Österlen.


Stephen Jenkinson Author, Master of Ceremony, Culture Activist, Storyteller, Off-grid small-scale Farmer, Carver, Keeper of the Great Hall.

Jenkinson teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School. For years, after apprenticing to a master storyteller as a young man, acquiring a master’s degree in theology from Harvard Divinity school and another in social work from the University of Toronto, Stephen Jenkinson led the palliative care department in a major Canadian hospital and was assistant professor in a prominent Canadian medical school. He has worked extensively with caregivers, dying people and their families. Whilst sitting at the deathbeds of over a thousand people, he encountered again and again what he called a “wretched anxiety.” Rather than any one individual’s personal issue with dying, Jenkinson understood this as symptomatic of a cultural absence, a death phobia, a grief illiteracy. These experiences served to distil a number of questions: Has it always been this hard to die? When do we really begin to die, and what are we supposed to do then? How is it that grief is a skill, something to be learned and practised? Those questions and more spawned several books. He is the subject of the National Film Board of Canada feature length film documentary, Griefwalker (Dir.T. Wilson).

He is the author of Reckoning, co-written with Kimberly Ann Johnson (2022), and A Generation’s Worth: Spirit Work While the Crisis Reigns (2021), Come of Age: The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble (2018), the award-winning Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul (2015 and translated into Hebrew and Turkish), Homecoming: The Haiku Sessions (a live teaching from 2013), How it All Could Be: A workbook for dying people and those who love them (2009), Angel and Executioner: Grief and the Love of Life – (a live teaching from 2009), and Money and The Soul’s Desires: A Meditation (2002). He was a contributing author to Palliative Care – Core Skills and Clinical Competencies (2007). Lost Nation Road (Dir.I.MacKenzie) is a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a soulful mystery train. His Nights of Grief and Mystery world tours, with fellow Canadian singer/ songwriter Gregory Hoskins, are odes to wonder, love letters for the willingness to know endings. 2023 World Tour Dates: August 14, 2023 – Nights of Grief & Mystery 2023 Tour: Malmö, Sweden, and August 17, 2023 – Nights of Grief & Mystery 2023 Tour: Stockholm, Sweden.

The conference – ClimateExistence, KlimatExistens – has since 2008 brought together scholars, researchers, educators, artists, activists, students and the general public in an engaged discussion and dialogue concerning the existential, psychological, philosophical and ethical dimensions of climate change / crisis / breakdown.

The ClimateExistence conference is a collaboration between the Sigtuna Foundation and the Centre for Environment and Development Studies, CEMUS at Uppsala University and SLU.

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CEMUS and the Sigtuna Foundation invite you to join us for an exciting ClimateExistence conference! We aim to be a meeting place between artists, activists, academics, faith practitioners and anyone interested in the existential aspects of climate.

When: August 16-18 2023

Where: The Sigtuna Foundation Sweden