Title: Imag[in]ing geoengineering – the plausible and the implausible
Authors: CURVELO DA SILVA CAMPOS ALVES PAULA
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF FORESIGHT AND INNOVATION POLICY vol. 9 no. 2/3/4 p. 162-187
Publisher: Inder Science
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC84062
ISSN: 1740-2824
URI: http://www.inderscience.com/info/inarticle.php?artid=58613
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC84062
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The universe of geoengineering is filled with all sorts of imageries. They are all part of the geoengineering story, revealing facts, knowledge, values, fears, desires, promises, anxieties, incredulity, about not only the idea of deliberately manipulating Earth’s climate to offset anthropogenic climate change, but also, and above all, what we know about the world and how we make sense of our place in it. In this context, where geoengineering can be seen as an illustrative metaphor of particular technological promises and ‘upstream solutions’ of modern technoscientific societies, we stress the relevance of considering the continuum between imaging and imagining (imag[in]ing) in order to examine the plausibility of current geoengineering proposals. By suggesting that the visual representations of geoengineering should be seen as pictorial narratives, we draw on Walter Fisher’s homo narrans metaphor. Thus, adopting the concept of ‘narrative rationality’, we propose to analyse the sense making structures of a set of selected visual narratives of geoengineering and to test them against the principles of narrative probability and narrative fidelity.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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