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What kind of careful attention to the meaningful lives of other species does film making engender? What sort of perspectives may it open up and/or foreclose? In this talk, filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad and historian of science Ageliki Lefkaditou, draw on three of their documentary projects on climate change and biodiversity loss to discuss how filming may convey the complex relationships that such processes provoke and threaten.
How may we grasp meaning beyond the boundaries of biological species? In this talk Dominique Lestel, will explore ‘zoo-futurism’ as setting up the basis of an ego-ecology – to incarnate and to feel biodiversity not from the point of view of the first person, but from the point of view of a first person; to feel its richness and importance from a personal point of view.
An introduction to the system for waste management, including a local example of resources in a closed loop; your food waste.
How does a pandemic reveal inherent socioeconomic and ecological inequalities in an already vulnerable and polarised society? Anwesha Dutta, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute, presents notions on the social and political effects of COVID-19 and the lockdown in India.
How does the environment and lifestyle impact our genes, both today and in the future? This week, professor in Public Health Gunnar Tellnes will introduce the concepts of "Green Care" and "Nature-Culture-Health" (NaCuHeal). Drawing on recent epigenetic research that indicates that our genes may be 'turned on and off' as consequence of the way we live, he will present his work and vision at NaKuHel Center in Asker, Norway.
Across the world, emergent technologies are being developed and put to work that replace, augment or transform existing ecological processes—creating new bionic natures, cyborg ecologies composed of organic and artificial elements. What happens to the idea of nature when nature becomes a cyborg?
Do scholars fly too much? We have invited Kjerstin Aukrust to talk about academic flightshaming and the 2019 petition to reduce CO2 emissions from UiO flights by 50 percent.
This workshop aims to re-story processes of extinction, extraction, and emergence in multispecies worlds.
How has human interference affected plant diversity in the past? Karoline Kjesrud, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, presents an overview of the ongoing interdisciplinary project "Nordic People and Plants" and results that are estimated to influence plant practices in Scandinavian societies.
Can monstrous plants help human beings imagine and transform themselves into more sustainable creatures? In this talk, Dr. Astrid Møller-Olsen analyses fictional plant-human hybrids that question the nature-culture dichotomy and explore alternative paths to understanding the planet as a cross-species environment.
The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities started in spring 2019 with the aim of facilitating and strengthening humanistic research on the environmental crisis that crosses disciplines and creatively respond to the environmental and social challenges of our time. Here is a recap of the first 12 months of OSEH and the initiative's activities.
Can musical aesthetics register the turbulence of living together with volcanoes? Tore Størvold talks about geosociality and the ecocritical analysis of Icelandic music.
On the 5th of June, 2021, the students at the Honour's Certificate met up with the Oslo Fjord School. The learning focus of the excursion was on the underwater multispecies lives of the Oslo fjord and "Underwater Urbanity".
We are excited to announce the new lecture series: "New Environmental Archaeologies - Anthropocene Agendas for Environmental Archaeology”.
How do we link carbon and climate feedbacks to social feedbacks and environmental humanities? Dag O. Hessen talks on Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene.
Surveillance is increasingly used to sate the public’s curiosity for a window into the ‘secret lives of wild animals’. Citizens can now track their local wildlife through trail cameras connected to their smartphone, and they can follow live data streams offering minute-by-minute close-ups of wildlife nests 24/7. In this talk, Erica von Essen, Ph. D. and researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, asks: what does this digitalization of wildlife mean for human-wildlife relations?
In this webinar, Barbara Bramanti, associate professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Ferrara, Italy, will present some of the major outcomes of a multidisciplinary ERC-research project (“MedPlag: The medieval plagues: ecology, transmission modalities and routes of the infections”), and reconsider dynamics behind pandemics.
Has the Chernobyl catastrophe contributed to the fall of communism? Political Science researcher Kacper Szulecki talks on positioning the environmental anti-nuclear protests, which spilled across Poland between 1985 and 1990, in a broader context.
In 2020, OSEH continued its work to strengthen interdisciplinary research, teaching and discussions on climate change and the environment. Due to Covid-19, OSEH had to adapt to a "new normal" and postponed some of its planned activity while moving other activities to the virtual space.
This talk considers the intensive research and emergent policy regimes that have cohered in the last 15 years around bioacoustics, e.g. the scientific study of animal sounds. What is the significance of sound in the animal kingdom, and how can it help us track biodiversity? Max Ritts, postdoctoral researcher at Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) gives us his perspectives.
Troels Troels-Lunden (1840-1921) wrote in his thesis on everyday life in Denmark and Norway in the 1500s that porridge and gruel were the oldest known warm dishes in Scandinavia. Both before and since, porridge has remained key in the lives of many Scandinavians up until very recently. In this talk, Tarjei Brekke, master student at the program Chinese Culture and Society, offers some reflections on this ancient food and his experiences with finding some of its first ingredients in the contemporary world.