WEBINAR: Plant knowledge from the past for the future. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion

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.

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Photo: Karoline Kjesrud

Throughout history people have been dependent on plants for food, fodder, materials, clothes and medicine. Human interference has affected plant diversity and sometimes caused plant extinctions, furthermore, has biodiversity affected humanly practice. A current worldwide decrease in plant diversity threatens ecosystems and human health. Scandinavia has a limited number of threatened plants compared to other areas. People living here maintain a close relationship with nature and plants. Scandinavia is therefore an ideal place for studying past and current people-plant-dynamics.

The SAMKUL-funded research project Nordic People and Plants. Rediscovering and Safeguarding Nordic Ethnobotanical Heritage aims at understanding people's knowledge on and use of plants from the Viking age and until today, with the purpose of revitalizing people and plant relations for the future. The project collects archeobotanical, botanical, ethnobotanical, historical, literary and iconographical sources to plant uses, covers vast time-periods, several scientific disciplines and collaborates widely with various interest associations genuinely dedicated to revitalizing local plant traditions.

About Karoline Kjesrud

Karoline Kjesrud, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, is a researcher in the fields of philology and art history, with a background in interdisciplinary medieval studies. In the ongoing research project "Nordic People and Plants. Rediscovering and Safeguarding Nordic Botanical Heritage", Kjesrud investigates Viking and medieval people’s relation to, and knowledge about plants, available in iconography, medieval written sources, and archaeobotany.

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.

Tags: Environmental Humanities, HF, IKOS, OSEH, plants
Published Aug. 31, 2020 4:39 PM - Last modified Sep. 4, 2020 1:39 PM