Lunchtime Discussions

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people, women, hands, arms
Time and place: June 3, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

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.

 
maize, corn, close-up
Time and place: June 10, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

How might diverse ways of knowing, including indigenous knowledges, the humanities and the arts, be more influential in the environmental decision-making that shapes our world? Ecologist, philosopher and political scientist Fern Wickson talks on the value and challenges of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to research.

A tall man holding av small kid walkning in the sunrise towards som wind mills.
Time and place: Sep. 2, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

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.

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People, Doorway, Brickbuilding, Mask, Helmet, Sield
Time and place: May 27, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

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.

illustration, people, walking, gear, suitcases, commission
Time and place: May 20, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

How can architecture form new human-nonhuman relations, cohabitation, ecosystem thinking and doing? Anthropologists Tinna Grétarsdóttir and Sigurjón Baldur Hafsteinsson talk on the socio-material entanglements and multispecies relations of the Icelandic turf house.

illustration, people, walking, gear, suitcases, commission
Time and place: May 13, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

How can material approaches contribute new insights on the history and present of infectious diseases in a climate perspective? Senior curator and historian Ageliki Lefkaditou will explore the case of malaria with the help of a series of museum objects being prepared for display in an exhibition on climate change.

barn, demolition, farm, building, garden, grass, trees, flowers
Time and place: May 6, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

What insights can artistic approaches provide on agricultural issues? Artists Geir Tore Holm and Søssa Jørgensen talks on connecting farming, life and growth to contemporary art, with Øvre Ringstad Farm in eastern Norway as an example. 

Landscape with brown ground and green trees and bushes.
Time and place: Apr. 29, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Webinar in Zoom

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

Sky, people, rain, bird, globe and many more things. Illustration.
Time and place: Apr. 22, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Webinar in Zoom

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.

Women outdoor wearing masks. Photo.
Time and place: Apr. 15, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Webinar in Zoom

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.

Mountain, Road, Skyline, Houses, Sunrise
Time and place: Apr. 1, 2020 12:15 PM1:00 PM, Zoom (virtual event)

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

In accordance with UiO's measures to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) this event has been cancelled.

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.

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.

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.