The Great Reskilling: Understandings of Generation, Tradition, and Nostalgia in Everyday-Life Climate Activism


Lone Ree Milkaer (University of Bergen)

Everyday-life climate activists in the Norwegian organisation Sustainable Lives have invented the concept of ‘gjenkunning’ (re-skilling) as an aspect of the practices of a sustainable present. This paper analyses gjenkunning as a concept that reflects specific understandings of how past, present, and future relate and how this concept influences the way that everyday-life climate activists imagine a viable life in a climate changed future. Through the concepts of tradition, generation, and nostalgia, the notion of gjenkunning is explored as a powerful point of connection between perceived past, performed present, and imagined future, as well as a point on the scale of the global and local dimensions of climate change mitigation.

Part of 22-08 Climate Change Temporalities , Tuesday, October 19, 11:15 am–12:45 pm