Title

Children of an earth to come: speculative fiction, geophilosophy and climate change education research

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Rousell, D, Cutter-Mackenzie, A & Foster, J 2017, 'Children of an earth to come: speculative fiction, geophilosophy and climate change education research', Educational Studies.

Published version available from:

https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2017.1369086

Peer Reviewed

Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

Over the last 3 years, the Climate Change and Me project has mapped children and young people's affective, creative, and ontological relationships with climate change through an emergent and child-framed research methodology. The project has involved working with 135 children and young people from across Northern NSW, Australia, as coresearchers responding to the rapidly changing material conditions of the Anthropocene epoch. In this article, we position speculative fiction as a mode of creative research that enabled the young researchers to inhabit possible climate change futures. This node of the Climate Change and Me research was initiated by coauthor Jasmyne, who at the time was a year 7 student at a local high school. Through an ongoing series of visual and textual posts on the project web site, Jasmyne created an alternate world in which children develop mutant forces and bodily augmentations that enable them to resist social and environmental injustices. Drawing on these visual and textual entries in dialogue with Deleuze and Guattari's geophilosophy, we consider ways that speculative fiction might offer new conceptual tools for a viral strain of climate change education that proliferates through aesthetic modes of expression.