Interdisciplinary Research on Environment and Society
The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH) is an initiative to strengthen research and teaching that engages with the current climatic and environmental crisis from interdisciplinary perspectives. Our aim is to create a platform that facilitates conversation across disciplines and beyond academia, in order to respond creatively to the enormous environmental and social challenges of our time.
From climate change and biodiversity loss, to accumulating toxins and emerging diseases, we are increasingly faced with challenges that are simultaneously social and environmental in nature. The Honours Certificate in Environmental Humanities and Sciences (EHS) runs in parallel with your main Master programme, over two years. Through collaborative lectures, experimental seminars, and field excursions you will learn to better understand and address the environmental challenges of our times.
Application deadline: 15 October
Research and teaching at OSEH cover a wide span of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. We believe that the current environmental crisis calls for deep cultural and social transformations. We need to better understand the values, ideas, ethics, and ways of life that have led to the present condition. These are domains where humanists and social scientists have much expertise.
OSEH supports scholars in the humanities by providing funding for interdisciplinary research groups that foster new research projects.
We currently accept two kinds of applications:
- Long-term OSEH collaboratories
- Community-building initiatives
Application deadline: 1 October
Project Launch: The Urban Field Naturalist Project
OSEH professor II Thom van Dooren is part of a team that recently launched The Urban Field Naturalist Project. The aim of the project is to invite people to learn more about the living world of plants and animals all around them, with hope that it might be of particular interest for those in self isolation due to COVID-19.
Tirza Meyer joins OSEH as a Visiting Scholar with project on underwater technology
Oslo School of Environmental Humanities welcomes Tirza Meyer as a Visiting Scholar! Meyer joined OSEH in May 2020 and will stay until the end of this year. Her project Humanoid Oceans or an Ocean of Humanoids? examines the rise of autonomous underwater vehicles and explores the ambiguities that they bring with them.
The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH) experiments with new forms of teaching in the Anthropocene. We aim for our students to look beyond traditional academic confines and to acquire an interdisciplinary education that is appreciated by employers both inside and outside academia.
Are you interested in exploring the environmental humanities in a more casual setting?
The OSEH Environmental Humanities reading group invites students, staff and members of the public to join monthly group discussions on a diversity of subjects.
Director: Ursula Münster, Associate Professor at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages.
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The Faculty of Humanities promotes five research and education initiatives between 2019 and 2023. The goal is to contribute to solutions for the societal challenges of our day.