Exploring Environmental Humanities

This seminar explores the possibilities of building research in the field of Environmental Humanities at HF. Professor Karen Thornber from Harvard University and Professor Bryan Tilt from Oregon State University will present their experiences from organizing research in this field.

Scholars from HF will give brief presentations of ongoing research related to environmental and climate change at HF.

The seminar is open for all and includes lunch. Binding registration by 16th of May.



10:00-10:15 Coffee/tea

10:15-10:20 Welcome: Mette Halskov Hansen, IKOS

10:20-11:20 Short (8-10 min.) presentations of EH research at the Faculty of Humanities (UiO)

  • Ina Blom, Professor of art history: Environmental media and media ecologies - some key perspectives.
  • Kjetil Fallan, Professor of art history: Back to Sustainable Future.
  • Aike Rots, Associate Professor of Japan studies: Whale worship and environmental change in Japan and Vietnam: some preliminary considerations.
  • Hanna Havnevik, Professor of history of religions: Himalayan Connections: Melting glaciers, sacred landscapes and mobile technologies in a changing climate.

11:20-11:30 Break

11:30-12:30 Short presentations continued

  • Per Ditlef Frederiksen, Associate Professor of archeology: Historical ecology and state formations in southern Africa.
  • Rune Svarverud, Professor of China studies: Air as environment in China - some historical and conceptual challenges.
  • Alejandra Mancilla, Associate Professor of philosophy: Melting grounds: The moral limits of territorial claims in Antarctica.
  • Brynjar Lia, Professor of Middle East studies: Climate change and energy transition in the Middle East.

12:30-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Experiences with Environmental Humanities Initiatives at Harvard University and Oregon State University

  • Karen Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University: New Directions in the Environmental Humanities: Harvard's Global Institute Environmental Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative.
  • Bryan Tilt, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Oregon State University: Experiences with the Environmental Arts and Humanities Initiative at Oregon State University



Published May 2, 2017 2:35 PM - Last modified May 18, 2017 1:25 PM