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Living Library #3 : How to act? On allies, ambassadors and actions.

17 June 2021 @ 17 June 2021 - 17 June 2021


We work too hard
We’re too tired
to fall in love.
Therefore we must
overthrow the government.

We work too hard
We’re too tired
to overthrow the government.
Therefore we must
fall in love.

Rod Smith

The Living Library is a conversational space that takes place in the intersection between fiction, action and research. Over a series of three online sessions facilitated by Pernilla Glaser, academics, activists and artists will gather to share understandings of climate justice, unpacking the scheduled themes of knowledge, listening and action.

The Living Library is a Talk Up. You are invited to listen to a conversation between a group with various practices of knowledge. The conversation is followed by a participatory space where you reflect with other participants.

Registration is free and you are welcome to attend all three conversations or any of your own choosing. Please note, you only need to register once for the entire conversation series.

REGISTER HERE FOR THE ZOOM LINK   http://doit.medfarm.uu.se/kurt20747

In this third session of The Living Library we will be investigating the possibilities of action, exploring questions such as:

  • How can small interventions lead to bigger shifts?
  • What is the role of the ally and the narrator to legitimize, support and connect activism?
  • How do we find spaces, where we can take action?
  • How can we navigate long term endurance and sustainability with readiness to leap when we see an opportunity?
  • What can the role of interdisciplinarity be, in moving into action?

The Living Library is a collaboration between the following organisations: Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University,  Uppsala konstmuseum and Mistra Environmental Communication 

You can read more about contributors and the background to The Living Library below and on our website hereFind the Facebook event here



Katarina Pirak Sikku | Artist

Katarina Pirak Sikku is a Swedish Sami painter and photographer from Jokkmokk in Sweden. She attended the Art College in Umeå. Her art combines drawing, photography, painting, installation and text. It has been exhibited in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Colombia. In 2015, she was nominated for Dagens Nyheters cultural prize for her exhibition Nammalahpan based on 10 years studying the race biological research into Sami people. Learn more about Katarina and her art here:

Stellan Vinthagen | Researcher | Gothenburg University

Stellan Vinthagen is a researcher at Gothenburg University specialising in Resistance Studies, Nonviolent Action Strategies (Civil Resistance), Social Movements & Change and Power Theory. He is interested in the interpretations of the social meanings of acts of nonviolent disobedience as well as how transnational movements breaking of system-rules influences economic and political system-functions. His current research explores the globalization of resistance, legal Change and social movements, everyday resistance, and world culture and resistance. Learn more about Stellan and his research here:

Stefania Barca | Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership | Uppsala University 

Stefania is a scholar in Environmental Humanities, with a strong commitment to environmental and climate justice. She has developed her research and teaching at the intersection between academia and social movements – particularly those engaged in a Just Transition towards the post-carbon society. Stefania is the current Zennström Professor in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University. Learn more Stefania and her research here:

Joana Moll | Artist and Researcher

Joana Moll is a Barcelona/Berlin based artist and researcher. Her work critically explores the way techno-capitalist narratives affect the alphabetization of machines, humans and ecosystems. Her main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. She has presented her work in renowned institutions, museums, universities and festivals around the world such as Venice Biennale, MAXXI, MMOMA and Laboral among many others. She is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam and Escola Elisava [Barcelona]. Learn more about Joana and her work here:

Kalle Brolin | Artist

Kalle Brolin is an artist and a writer, working with video installations and performance. His works have been shown in a number of international biennales and art exhibitions. He’s co-runner of the Sunshine Socialist Cinema, an outdoor solar powered cinema. He writes mainly for the culture pages in the alternative newspaper Fria Tidningen, but has also contributed to several art magazines. He teaches classes on video art at the art school in Munka Ljungby.Kalle Brolin has spent several years living and working as an artist in cities like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Tallinn, and Gdansk. He is now based in Malmö. Learn more about Kalle here:


Pernilla Glaser | Writer, method-developer and teacher | Boiler | RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

Pernilla Glaser is a writer, method-developer and teacher. She works as Creative Research Force at Interactive Institute and at the University Collage of Arts and Craft.Her background is as a theatre-director. She has worked a lot with participation, place and urban sustainability and has been a recurring guest-teacher at The Institution of Architecture at the Royal Institute of Art. She is currently teaching storytelling at the University College of Arts, Craft and Design Interior Architects. During 2014 she has developed The intersection, a space and toolbox for innovation and collaboration for Luleå University of Technology and two projects for the Swedish county government; toolbox for spatial exploration and toolbox for an inclusive cultural heritage.Pernilla Glaser is also the initiator of Academy of Risk, a network that works with prototyping risk-taking in academia.She is an experienced moderator, frequently working with universities and government agencies hosting seminars and various events.

See here to learn more about Pernilla and her work, play and all things between: 


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17 June 2021
17 June 2021