June 12 2019

Climate Culture- conference is a forum where artists, scholars, students and politicians come together to identify the shape of future in the era of climate change. Climate Culture 2019 is the first Tandem Cultural Dialogues conference and will take place on June 12th at Finlandsinstitutet in Central Stockholm (Snickarbacken 4).



The Tandem Cultural Dialogues - exploring future at the intersection of arts and science

Climate Culture- conference is a forum where artists, scholars, students and politicians come together to identify the shape of future in the era of climate change.   

 Climate change is a threat not only to nature, but also to our societies. It threatens all species and transforms our civilisations, but still, carbon emissions are higher than ever. 

Is it possible that we still lack a deeper understanding of the risks that threatens humanity?  The time to transform our societies and lifestyles is limited. Can we picture a fossil free and globally just future? 

 The purpose of the conference is to deepen the analysis of how arts and science interact with our perception of climate change when we shape the future. 

 Climate Culture Conference is free of charge and open for public. Free lunch is included.     

The list of speakers and panellists is updated continuously

10.00 Registration and coffee 

10.30- 10:45 Opening remarks 

Chairs of the Cultural Foundations expert groups Birgitta Englin & Riitta Heinämaa

Part 1: Climate Culture  

 ”Climate change is moving faster than we are” - Antonio Guterres 

Meet artists, writers and scientists in dialogue on climate change, transformation and future societies. 

Opening remarks and panellists:  Writer Emmi Itäranta, artist duo Bigert & Bergström, professor Staffan Laestadius 

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch break and “Meet the Funders”

We are gathering financiers from Sweden and Finland and giving participants a chance to discuss funding possibilities.

Part 2: Culture Climate - Future scenarios

”In the face of an absolutely unprecedented emergency, society has no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilization. Either we will change our ways and build an entirely new kind of global society, or they will be changed for us.”
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Path dependency and transformation capacity – Action, resistance, fear and hope. 

A conversation on future scenarios and our capacity to change. 

Speakers: Foresight expert Jenna Lähdemäki-Pekkinen (Sitra), Associate Professor Nina Cyrén Wormbs (KTH)  

14.30 -15:00 Coffee break and networking

Part 3: Climate Culture – Shaping change 

Wind’s nest

 A presentation of the photographer Riitta Päiväläinen

“It’s not our universe giving meaning to conscious beings, but conscious beings giving meaning to our universe”

– Max Tegmark

Progress, knowledge, creativity, cooperation skills and decision making! What happens to education, work, aesthetics, ethics and politics?

Speakers and panellist: Director Umeå Bildmuseet Katarina Pierre, Culture Editor at DN Björn Wiman, Lawen Redar, Socialdemocrats Spokesperson for Culture and Third Vice Chair in the Committee on Cultural Affairs in the Swedish Parliament.  

Moderator Hanna Zetterberg

Each session will be commented on and analysed by students in the fields.