Environmental humanities

Environmental humanities is a new and growing academic field that brings humanistic research to environment and climate studies. Human activities have caused the great challenges that we face today in terms of the climate and environment. Human effort will be required to counteract the negative consequences and find new ways by which we can live and adapt.

In collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, humanity scholars can contribute towards finding better answers and better solutions to the climatic and environmental challenges we face. Humanists and natural scientists alike pose questions on issues such as:

  • How have people in different eras and in different parts of the world perceived and adapted to changes in our physical surroundings; for example, our climate, the diversity of species or geological factors?
  • What roles do religion, philosophy and ethics play in shaping new visions of the relationship between humankind and nature?
  • How is climate policy shaped and implemented in authoritarian and democratic governments, respectively?
  • How are fears and hopes for the future of our planet expressed in art and literature ?

At the Faculty of the Humanities, we conduct research on i.e. Norway’s oil history, the meaning of art and design for humans and their environment, the discourse on climate in various parts of the world, media and the environment, the perception of climate in the Middle East and China. More generally, we conduct research on humankind as an environmental actor.

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Published May 12, 2017 10:37 AM - Last modified Nov. 29, 2017 2:56 PM