Environmental Humanities Lectures

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A woman is listening to music on her earphones in a greenhouse.
Time and place: Oct. 5, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

The environment is having a massive impact on music, changing what music is and how it comes to be, not just what it is about or how it sounds. In this lecture, Kyle Devine, professor of musicology at UiO, presents the nuances in this Great Recomposition, and the importance of overriding our defaults. 

Time and place: Oct. 13, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

How has our understandings of relations between soil, plants, and fungi have changed over time? In this lecture, professor of anthropology Dr. Michael J. Hathaway will explore the role of fungal mycelium in engaging the soil matrix.

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Time and place: Nov. 2, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

In this talk, professor of design history Kjetil Fallan, explores design interventions at, and in the wake of, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm 1972. What can design activism tell us about the conference's influence on future political decision-making? Or about the development of environmental thinking and ecologically informed design ideology in Scandinavia?

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Compiled photo. On the left Eben Kirksey, on the right is a model with viral shape
Time and place: June 13, 2022 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Linken, Georg Sverdrups hus

In this lecture, the Medical Humanities and the Environmental Humanities meet. Associate Professor Eben Kirksey from the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University, Australia, will introduce us to the "virosphere".

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Time and place: Dec. 9, 2021 4:00 PM5:30 PM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom.

What happens when people bring their environmental complaints to a body gathered in the name of the world? In this lecture Cheryl Lousley, professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University, Canada, discusses the World Commission on Environment and Development's public hearings. 

White waves crashing on the beach on a grey day.

Bowhead whales have been known to three groups along the Bering Strait over the past two centuries: Indigenous Yupik and Inupiaq whalers, capitalist commercial whalers, and communist industrial whalers. This talk explores how each of these groups imagined different normative relationships with whales and how these ideas shaped interactions between human hunters and whales, and the whales’ own adaptions.

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Time and place: Nov. 4, 2021 10:15 AM11:30 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

What kind of careful attention to the meaningful lives of other species does film making engender? What sort of perspectives may it open up and/or foreclose? In this talk, filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad and historian of science Ageliki Lefkaditou, draw on three of their documentary projects on climate change and biodiversity loss to discuss how filming may convey the complex relationships that such processes provoke and threaten.

A brightly coloured orange and red crab sits ashore.
Time and place: June 18, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

How may we grasp meaning beyond the boundaries of biological species? In this talk philosopher Dominique Lestel, will explore ‘zoo-futurism’ as setting up the basis of an ego-ecology – to incarnate and to feel biodiversity not from the point of view of the first person, but from the point of view of a first person; to feel its richness and importance from a personal point of view.

An old fashioned, red and rusty plough stands in tall grass
Time and place: May 20, 2021 10:00 AM11:00 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

How might attention to worlds of meaning extend beyond the human, and how may this matter for conservation?  In this lecture, Marianne Lien, Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo, explores how worlds, such as specific landscapes, are sustained through reciprocal and ongoing practices and affordances.

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Time and place: Dec. 10, 2020 2:00 PM3:30 PM, On Zoom

In this lecture, Erich Hörl, University of Leuphana, Lüneburg, discusses Bernard Stiegler's reflections on the time of suspension or "being-in-disruption" that define life in the Entropocene, understood as an un-time without world or epoch. 

This event is co-organised with The Seminar of Aesthetics.

The hot air balloon known as the Skywhale.
Time and place: Oct. 22, 2020 2:15 PM3:15 PM, Register for webinar on Zoom

In this talk, anthropologist Eben Kirksey, Associate Professor at Deakin University, Melbourne, visits the frontiers of genetics, medicine, and technology to ask: Whose values are guiding gene editing experiments? And what does this new era of scientific inquiry mean for the future of the human species?

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Time and place: Oct. 8, 2020 4:15 PM6:00 PM, Register for webinar in Zoom

How does attention to and stewardship of soils point to alternative frameworks for living and dying? Kristina Lyons, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, explores the way life strives to flourish in the face of violence, criminalization, and poisoning produced by militarized, growth-oriented development.

Snail with house on a green leaf.
Time and place: Aug. 13, 2020 10:00 AM11:00 AM, Register for webinar in Zoom

What happens when actors with different interests claims access to the same natural and cultural site? OSEH professor II Thom van Dooren explores some of the complexities of conservation in the context of deep histories and ongoing realities of colonization and militarization.

 
Dust, Storm, Neighborhood, Street, Houses
Time and place: Apr. 30, 2020 10:15 AM11:45 AM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

CANCELLED.  We hope to bring Libby Robin back at another time in the future.

How does soil intersect with global justice, conservation ideals and changing environmental sensibilities? Environmental historian and museum curator Libby Robin talks about soil in local and global perspectives, in light of the current Australian summer. 

sun, sky, wood, car store
Time and place: Feb. 20, 2020 3:15 PM4:45 PM, 2531 Stort møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How to address the double bind between growth and sustainability? In this talk, anthropologist Thomas Hylland Eriksen engages with the climate crisis in Queensland, Australia. He asks how different knowledge regimes identify and interpret facts differently, and how this creates conflicting depictions of the world and solutions to humanity's problems.

photograph of an urban landscape with a large neonlit sign spelling "resist forest" on a building, night time
Time and place: Oct. 31, 2019 4:15 PM5:30 PM, 12 etg. P. A. Munchs Hus

How does the Anthropocene manifest in the organosphere? Marco Armiero presents the Guerrilla Narrative project Toxic Bios, a counter-hegemonic exercise aiming to dismantle the Toxic Narratives of the Anthropocene while prefiguring alternative socio-ecological politics.

photograph of an urban landscape with a large neonlit sign spelling "resist forest" on a building, night time
Time and place: Oct. 3, 2019 2:15 PM4:00 PM, 2531 Stort Møterom, Georg Sverdrups hus

How is knowledge produced from art, pedagogy and civic engagement in the Environmental Humanities? Hanna Musiol lectures on the need to create spaces for participatory and transmedia collaborations among scholars, artists, students, designers, and community actors. 

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Time and place: June 4, 2019 10:15 AM11:30 AM, 12 etg. Niels Treschows hus

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled. We will try to reschedule the lecture with Andreas Weber at a later time.