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The Climate House is a brand new initiative at the Natural History Museum in Oslo. We invite project leader Torkjell Leira to talk about the challenges and possibilities of staging climate in a museum.
Artist and activist Jordan Seiler talks us through his text ´Reaffirming Engagement´, which considers the artistic and activist strategies of ´subvertising´ as a means of breathing life back into our streets post-covid-19. In particular, he´ll shed light on how this form of civil disobedience challenges the dominant narratives presented to us in our shared public spaces, and how a civic-media alternative is beneficial to the health and well-being of a city and its inhabitants.
Is it time to tell a new story about climate change? Karen O'Brien talks on the potential of stories to empower social change.
What is the cultural impact of petroleum, and how might the aesthetics of oil be a factor holding back progress on a transition to alternative energy? Scholars of literature, media, rhetoric, musicology, theology, and political science are looking for answers to these questions.
Can we extract water from Antarctic icebergs? Dr Julia Jabour from the University of Tasmania talks on efforts to design a legal regime to regulate iceberg harvesting.
What is the relationship between education and sustainable development? Elin Sæther talks about COSER, a research initiative aiming to explore education in light of today's complex sustainable development issues.
We are excited to announce the new lecture series: "New Environmental Archaeologies - Anthropocene Agendas for Environmental Archaeology”.
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".
Are we preventing climate change by large-scale environmental destruction? Jon Erik Finnvold (NOVA, OsloMet) talks on the contestations of wind power investments in Southern Norway.
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.
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.
How do we link carbon and climate feedbacks to social feedbacks and environmental humanities? Dag O. Hessen talks on Biogeochemistry in the Anthropocene.
Something violent is occurring beneath their feet. A fracking site is constructed. The subsurface is being fractured. Artist and filmmaker Rebecca Birch presents narrated excerpts from her forthcoming creative documentary, Undermine.
This environmental humanities collaboratory encourages trans-disciplinary conversations to understand and imagine how attention to overlapping worlds of meaning - crafted by diverse humans and other living beings - may create new possibilities not just for survival but for genuine multispecies coexistence in the Sixth Extinction.
Society urgently request knowledge from the environmental humanities that can help us understand the challenges of our times. This talk presents some examples of co-creation between academia and civil society, exploring collaborative attempts to make a difference.
Why is climate fiction so blue, and what is it good for? We have invited Sissel Furuseth to talk about how anthropogenic climate change is orchestrated in contemporary Norwegian fiction.