Research topic: Nature and the natural
Is nature natural? Notions about what is “natural” are in any case man-made.
These notions and ideas have a history of their own. They are expressed both in practice and in action, and are established in various traditions of knowledge. They relate to everything from livestock husbandry and farming to road-building, from medicine to skiing.
Research in this area examines how nature and notions about natural phenomena are included in cultural conceptions and social practices. Nature and the view of what is natural are consequently seen as something which is constructed, interpreted and reinterpreted over time.
Both nature itself and notions of nature are in a continual state of change, and can be studied through human actions, language and text, images and material expressions. Nature has a cultural history, and topics such as landscape, natural catastrophes and the relationship between humans and animals belong to the cultural-historical field of study.