The Power of Ice: Norwegian Cold in 19th Century Colonial Algeria. Environmental Lunchtime Discussion
Towards the end of the 19th century, there was a modest but regular export of block ice from Norwegian lakes to Algeria. In this Environmental Lunchtime Discussion, historian Solfrid Klakegg Surland will explain how studying the marketing and consumption of Nordic ice in a hot colonial market can teach us something about the relationship between humans and things.
Photo: Norwegian Maritime Museum, catalogue no. NSM.3000-033.
About the presenter
Originally an engineer in the oil industry, Solfrid Klakegg Surland spent some years sailing while taking up writing on freelance basis. Her up until then slumbering interest in history woke up when she sailed with her family around Great Britain, reading the history of the Vikings, Scots, and English together with her young daughter. She completed her MA in history this spring, as part of Norwegian Maritime Museum’s research project The Last Ice Age, on Norway's export of natural ice in the 19th and early 20th century.
Currently, she is contributing to a book on emotional history edited by two historians at the University of Oslo. Also, she will be contributing to an anthology from The Last Ice Age research project, and is also working on articles for historical journals about the Norwegian-Algerian ice trade.
About the event series
The OSEH Environmental Lunchtime Discussion series consists of short, 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.