Lecture Series: Communicating Climate Change – Interdisciplinary Perspectives
University of Duisburg-Essen, April – July 2022 (organized by Profs. Julia Hoydis, Jens Martin Gurr und Roman Bartosch)

Confronted with the undeniable urgency of the climate crisis, why don’t we act the way we know we should? Why aren’t scientific facts enough? What kinds of stories do we need to tell? What role does justice and generational conflict play? How do different disciplines approach climate change communication and what have they got to offer?

To discuss questions such as these, this lecture series presents contributions from leading experts in fields ranging from human geography, sociology, and philosophy to literary and media studies. Talks and discussions are open to the public. They will be held in German and English and take place online via Zoom. 

Roman Bartosch will deliver a keynote entitled “How Can We Read When Our Beds Are Burning? Teaching English Literature in Terrible Times” at the 2022 UNITE Summer School Sustainability in Schools and Teacher Education. International Perspectives and Impulses, University of Cologne, September 19-23, 2022.

Julia Hoydis and Roman Bartosch have presented a paper on “Literacy, Action, and Quality Education: Three Cases for Diversity” at the 22nd European Conference on Literacy and the 46th Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland (Literacy and Diversity: New Directions), Dublin City University, July 4-6, 2022.

Roman Bartosch and Julia Hoydis have run a Teacher Training Workshop on “Environmental (In)Justice and Ecological Solidarities” at the 32th Annual GAPS Conference, Contested Solidarities, University of Frankfurt, May 27, 2022.

Roman Bartosch has presented key insights from the CCL project at a joint talk, with Konstantin Pfoser, titled “Talking about Climate”, on May 10, as part of the European University for Wellbeing alliance’s
annual FestiWell.

Roman Bartosch has spoken about “Climate Change as Troublemaker: Why Climate Education Needs More than Facts and Feelings” as part of the CCLS lecture series, January 24, 2022 (

Roman Bartosch, Jens Martin Gurr and Julia Hoydis have presented their project “Climate Change Literacy” at the lecture series, Universities of Duisburg-Essen and Cincinnati, December 9, 2021.

Roman Bartosch has presented a paper on climate change literacy, entitled “‘Kreative Kommunikationen’ und nachhaltige Narrative: Scale, Latency, Entanglements” at the Narrative und Metaphern zur Nachhaltigkeit conference, Bochum University, on October 7-9, 2021.

Julia Hoydis has participated in a roundtable discussion entitled Und so wollen wir leben?! – Interdisziplinäres Forum des IF Weinheim, November 13, 2021, Stollwerk Köln.

Julia Hoydis has been invited to a public round table discussion at Schloss Herrenhausen, Germany (organised by the Volkswagen Foundation) and discussed climate change literacy with Professor Magdalena Göbl, Dirk Rossmann, Dr. Bernd Sommer and Annette Riedel.

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Julia Hoydis has presented a paper on “Stranger than Fiction”? (Im)probability, Multi-Species Migration, and Climate Change in Amitav Ghosh’s Gun Island at the international conference “SUBJECTIVITIES OF MIGRATION. Poetics and Genre in the Literary Imagination of Migrant Experience since 1989”, Barenboim-Said Akademie, Berlin, 13. September 2021

Roman Bartosch, Julia Hoydis and Jens Martin Gurr have presented on this year’s KWI Essen conference ‘Ecologies of Fear’. 

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