CANCELLED! Using History as a Lever to Boost Meat Consumption in Norway. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

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.

Pigs, Fence,

Photo: Karen Lykke Syse

We consume more meat than ever before, and at the same time, meat is increasingly becoming a contested foodstuff. Despite the fact that western countries consume more meat than ever before – and indeed more than is generally recommended for reasons of health, animal welfare, sustainability and global distribution – the average consumer knows less about that meat and its role than before. At the same time meat consumption in Norway today is often justified by the past; by history and culture.


Dr Karen Lykke Syse is an agronomist, ethnologist and holds a PhD in cultural history. She works as an associate professor at the Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo. Her research interests pivot around landscape history, land use, environmental discourse and practice; and social and cultural aspects of meat.


About the event series

The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 10-15 minute presentations by invited guests, followed by a discussion. We invite speakers from a wide variety of fields, both academic and beyond. The presentations are accessible and are aimed at anyone with an interest in environmental issues. All are welcome, please feel free to bring your own lunch. Coffee will be served.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, Sustainability, Consumption, Food Studies
Published Feb. 2, 2020 8:43 PM - Last modified Mar. 11, 2020 3:29 PM