Lunchtime Discussions

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People, Family, Guiding, Windmills, Sun,
Time and place: Mar. 4, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

CANCELLED.  We will try to bring Vebjørn Bakken and UiO:Energy back at another time in the future.   

What role does energy play in fighting climate change and achieving more sustainable societies? Vebjørn Bakken, theoretical chemist and director of UiO:Energy, presents the work of UiO:Energy, its interdisciplinary approach, and why there is a need for such an initiative.

fin whale skeleton, display, temple,
Time and place: Mar. 11, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How can the environmental humanities engage more critically with topics of religion? Associate professor in Japan Studies and project leader Aike Rots presents Whales of Power and the research project's main objectives.

Mountain, Road, Skyline, Houses, Sunrise
Time and place: Mar. 18, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How to get beyond a neoclassical theory of economic growth? Economist Marie Storli, leader of Rethinking Economics Norway will speak about ways of rethinking and democratizing standard economic theories on which climate-economy models are based.

Pigs, Fence,
Time and place: Mar. 25, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How come western countries consume more meat than ever despite of its negative impacts? Agronomist, ethnologist and cultural historian, Karen Lykke Syse, talks about how meat consumption in Norway is being justified by history and culture.

Piglet, Close up
Time and place: Apr. 1, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How can modern food production become more animal friendly? Live Kleveland, co-founder of the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance, highlights the aspect of animal welfare in production of sustainable food.

Image may contain: Font.
Time and place: Apr. 22, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, HF-12, 12th floor, Niels Treschows hus

How to better understand predicaments of environmental uncertainty? Felix Riede, Professor of Climate Change Archaeology and Environmental Humanities and OSEH Professor II, presents the 'palaeoenvironmental humanities' and its prospects to open up new interpretive and comparative terrain for the examination of human-climate relations.

Excavator, Trails, Nature, Forest, Mountain, Soil
Time and place: Apr. 29, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, HF-12, 12th floor, Niels Treschows hus

How to understand China's global investments abroad in an environmental context, and the planetary, world-making nature of global building projects? Alessandro Rippa talk on what the environmental humanities can bring to this field.

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water, rocks, Nysnø logo
Time and place: Feb. 26, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

CANCELLED.  We will try to bring Lene Hodge back at another time in the future. 

Road, Gravel, Rocky Landscape
Time and place: Feb. 19, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How does the construction and development of land based wind power affect nature and people's relationship to the outdoors? Vidar Lindefjeld, legal advisor and co-founder of La Naturen Leve, talks about the impact of interventions in nature caused by wind power structures.

landscape, sand, wanter, car, broken building structures
Time and place: Feb. 12, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Earth system scientist Jana Sillmann introduces her work for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and shows how climate extremes and their associated risks are assessed across disciplines.

Studentparlamentet, Villa Eika, building, exterior, pride flag
Time and place: Feb. 5, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How can the University of Oslo become a greener university? Christen Andreas Wroldsen, president of UiO's Student Parliament, will talk about the need to build a more sustainable UiO.

 
Illustration of the climate anomaly of the 1770s, from 1772
Time and place: Nov. 27, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How have past societies dealt with climate change? Dominik Collet talks about new approaches in the emerging field of climate history.

 Map of Iceland, first published in 1570, showing the volcano Hekla
Time and place: Nov. 20, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Can musical aesthetics register the turbulence of living together with volcanoes? Tore Størvold talks about geosociality and the ecocritical analysis of Icelandic music.

Image may contain: Fish, Illustration, Fish, Font, Salmon.
Time and place: Nov. 13, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Can we integrate art and academic practice to find new ways of representing other-than-human species? How do we engage in storytelling that adequately describes our kinship with the more-than human world?

Beijing University statue of a taijiquan practitioner wearing a face mask
Time and place: Nov. 6, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How do people’s experiences and fears of air pollution transform into new visions of sustainability and creative forms of action? We have invited Mette Halskov Hansen to talk about the Airborne project, exploring the human dimensions of air pollution in China.

book cover "our entangled futures"
Time and place: Oct. 30, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Is it time to tell a new story about climate change? Karen O'Brien talks on the potential of stories to empower social change.

children's shoes in the sand
Time and place: Oct. 23, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

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.

Image may contain: Black, White, Photograph, Black-and-white, Monochrome photography.
Time and place: Oct. 16, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Elisabeth Ulrika Sjødahl from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design talks about Beautiful Landscapes and Heavy Pollution.

Iceberg floating in the sea
Time and place: Oct. 9, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

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.

collage of different types of underwater plants
Time and place: Oct. 2, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Eli Rinde from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) talks about threats to the marine biodiversity in Norway and possible solutions.

Aerial view of small settlement by the sea in Alaska
Time and place: Sep. 25, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

What are the international law implications of the Anthropocene? For this lunch discussion we have invited Research Professor Davor Vidas, a member of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.

Protesters from Exctinction Rebellion holding a banner outside the Norwegian parliament
Time and place: Sep. 18, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We must act now. But how? We have invited Inger Østenstad from Extinction Rebellion to talk about radical honesty and tactics in climate activism.

A collage of different books on climate fiction written by norwegian authors
Time and place: Sep. 11, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

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.

distracted girl on bike using smartphone
Time and place: Sep. 4, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

Is the information technology industry emerging as an increasing threat to the environment? We have invited Trine Syvertsen, professor of media and communication at UiO, to talk about reactions to toxic media, digital detox, and the 'slow media' movement.

Airplane taking off in California, US
Time and place: June 19, 2019 12:15 PM1:00 PM, PAM 425, P.A Munchs hus

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.