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Beyond panic? Re-envisioning climate mobilities

The project Beyond panic? Re-envisioning climate mobilities, founded by Rethink the Challenge Project and Panicocene,, is a series of workshops and seminars, realised between December 2023 and May 2024, to analyse from different perspectives the complex relationship between mobility and climate change. The seminars promoted collaborative approaches among journalists, researchers, activists and artists to generate possible counter-narratives of the current alarmist framework.

Through the collection of creative writings, the seminars allowed for the emergence of visions and imaginaries related to the topic of migration in the era of climate change.

Here you can find the stories shared by Academics, Journalists and Activists/Artists.

During each meeting, a series of questions guided the discussion and encouraged reflection in small groups:

  • What would the ethics of caring look like in a world of climate change?
  • How do you choose stories to narrate on climate migration?
  • What do you think are the effects on the general public of such stories?
  • What should be the goal of telling these stories?
  • How can we get people to care about climate mobilities?
  • What does it mean to be an Artivist in the age of climate change and great migration?
  • Should we create a bridge between activism in climate justice and activism in mobilities justice? How?

Rethink the Challenge Project

The seminarshosted relevant speakers on the topic: Andrew Baldwin (Durham University), Mimi Sheller (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Giovanni Bettini (Lancaster University), Sara Manisera (Fada Collective), Lillo Montalto Monella (RAI), Pierluigi Musarò (University of Bologna), Gioacchino Orsenigo (University of Napoli L’Orientale), Elena Giacomelli (University of Bologna), Andrea De Bernardi (Guerrilla Spam) and Andrea Conte (Andreco, Climate Art Project), guided participants on reflections around climate mobilities and the risks behind mainstream narrative on these issues.

Beyond Panic. Academia, Activism, Arts and Journalism re-envisioning climate mobilities

With the collaboration of Micol Pizzolati and Davide Caselli, members of Lab Research Team of the University of Bergamo, on 29th of May activists, journalists and academics collaborated to co-create a fanZine that could offer insights into a visual narrative of climate migration.

Starting from the questions:

  • How could we ensure better collaboration between Universities, Media workers, activists and artivists?
  • What does a thoughtful, critical, useful representation of climate migration look like?
  • What are the elements necessary for communicating climate migration?

FanZine as a tool allow participants, working in 3 teams, to create an output able to RE-FRAME CLIMATE MOBILITIES.

    Fanzine a collaborative tool for social research

    The workshop to create and build up a collaborative digital fanzine was designed for the project, drawing on some characteristic aspects of this way of publishing. Used with different intentions, for awareness campaigns such as action-research projects, fanzines are useful to foster the surfacing of new and emerging ideas, reflection on relationships and connections, and the production of novel connections.

    Through fanzines it is possible to tell contexts in diverse and unique ways and, in doing that, the collective dimension is needed, whether materially working together or creating it to dialogue with a community. It is a way to communicate that promotes collaboration between people with different skills, sensitivity, needs, and aims, for examples artists, researchers, authors, and poets. The process of conception and realisation is at least as important as the artefact that is the fruit of it, as in all Creative methods for Social Research.


    Riccardo Pallotta,
    Francesca Rosignoli,
    Pierluigi Musarò,
    Aniseh Bro


    Hussaini Garba Mohammed,
    Mahruf Shohel,
    Ebrima K. Ceesay,
    Georgios Baklavaridis


    Ann-Christine Link,
    Michal Teague,
    Zoë Wismeth

    Read more about Creative Methods for Social Research on:

    • Giorgi A., Pizzolati M., Vacchelli E. (2021) Metodi creativi per la ricerca sociale.
    • Contesto, pratiche e strumenti” Il Mulino.

    or watch this video.

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