Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET)
CET Virtual Lunch Seminar

Climate Change and lifestyle issues

CET is happy to announce this CET Lunch Seminar with Professor Kjersti Fløttum from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen.

Judith Dalsgård/CET

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About the talk:

In this talk on Climate change and lifestyle issues, I will start with an introduction of my cross-disciplinary research group LINGCLIM, constituting the background of the new project on lifestyle (https://www.uib.no/en/rg/lingclim). We have since 2012 undertaken research on linguistic representations of climate change (CC) discourse and their individual and collective interpretations. Our aim has been to generate integrated new knowledge on the role of language in the multi-faceted CC debate, including questions of energy transition and lifestyle issues, through cross-disciplinary collaboration: linguistic, literary, political, psychological, media and climate sciences. We have focused on the representations of different voices, in harmony or conflict, narratives and frames, and their impact on public opinion and attitudes. After some years the focus became more explicitly oriented towards people’s interpretation of climate change discourse, with the use of national, representative surveys/experiments at the Norwegian Citizen Panel/DIGSSCORE, UiB, in particular through open-ended questions, providing rich and nuanced text answers. The results of these surveys, including both general and specific questions, provided clear traces of various lifestyle issues, as part of the citizens’ preoccupation. This new insight led us, in collaboration with Dag Elgesem, to develop a new 3 year project that was granted funding from the Research Council of Norway: Living with climate change: Motivation and action for lifestyle change (CLIMLIFE). We hope CLIMLIFE will provide evidence of how people relate the existential challenges of CC to their normal, day-to-day life choices. We have just started (August 2020), and I will give a brief overview of the questions we want to investigate.

About the speaker:

Kjersti Fløttum is professor of French linguistics, Department of foreign languages, University of Bergen (UiB). She was vice-rector for international relations 2005-2009 and has since 2013 been a member of the university board. She has had numerous local, national and international commissions of trust. Her research interests cover text- and genre theory, narrative structures, semantics, pragmatics, linguistic polyphony, and discourse analysis.
The major part of her empirical research is oriented towards enunciation, polyphonic (multivoiced), lexico-semantic and narrative analysis of academic, political and climate change discourse. She has led several large projects (KIAP, EURLING, LINGCLIM) and has often collaborated in international and cross-disciplinary contexts. She is since 2012 head of the cross-disciplinary LINGCLIM group and head of the CLIMLIFE project 2020-2023.

Personal website: https://www.uib.no/en/persons/Kjersti.Flottum


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