PhD Research Seminar "Theories and Methods in Environmental Humanities": Lecturers and Assigned Readings

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Marco Armiero is Director of the Environmental Humanities Laboratory at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, where he is also Associate Professor of Environmental History. He is the author of A Rugged Nation. Mountains and the Making of Modern Italy (2011, translated into Italian in 2013) and co-editor of several volumes: A History of Environmentalism. Local Struggles, Global Histories (2014); An Environmental history of mass migration (2017); Future Remains. A cabinet of curiosities for the Anthropocene (2017); and Nature and History in Modern Italy (2010). Marco has published articles and edited special issues in Environment and History, Left History, Radical History Review, Modern Italy, Southern Atlantic Quarterly, Capitalism Nature Socialism, and the Journal of Political Ecology. He is a senior editor of Capitalism Nature Socialism and an associate editor of Environmental Humanities. 

Scott Bremer is a researcher at the Centre for the study of the sciences and the humanities at the University of Bergen (UiB). His background is broadly in environmental governance, with most of his work on integrated coastal governance and place-based climate adaptation. Scott is most interested in how science and other knowledge systems are used to support decisions and action in institutions. A key question he is concerned with is how people come to understand climate variability and change, in order to live with it? His work is interdisciplinary, and focuses on practical approaches for co-producing actionable knowledge with different groups of people, especially guided by ideas of 'post-normal science'.

Sara Penrhyn Jones is a multiple-award winning (RTS, BAFTA) documentary filmmaker with a particular interest in the environment, social-justice and gender equity. Sara's ongoing research through film explores what it means to listen and give voice to people and place, and negotiates the creative and political challenges of representation. Working in diverse geographical and social settings, including Kiribati, Wales, India, and the Marshall Islands, Sara explores and articulates the cultural aspects of environmental change. With an emphasis on participatory approaches, current research projects are interdisciplinary and multi-partner collaborations to understand and respond to global challenges. Sara's research in film has been shortlisted for AHRC Awards for Research in Film (2015, 2016). More recently, she won 'Best Practice Research' for her film TIMELINE, from the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies.

Finn Arne Jørgensen is a professor of Environmental History at University of Stavanger and a founding co-director of The Greenhouse. His research includes studies of waste and recycling histories in Scandinavia and the United States, the history of the Norwegian leisure cabins, material culture and consumption studies, and the connections between environmental humanities, media studies, and digital humanities. He is particularly interested in how technologies mediate and enable human relationships with nature. He earned his PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2007. He is the author of Recycling (MIT Press, 2019) and Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling (Rutgers University Press, 2011) and co-editor of New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013) and Norske hytter i endring (Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2011).

Julia Leyda is an Associate Professor in Film Studies in the Department of Art and Media Studies and director of the Environmental Humanities Research Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim, as well as a Senior Research Fellow in the Graduate School for North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität Berlin. Her research and teaching interests include cli-fi (climate fiction), environmental humanities, and Anthropocene screen cultures, intersectional feminist theory and criticism, aesthetics and affects of cuteness, and popular culture. She is currently researching Norwegian screen petrocultures, and she is co-editor with Diane Negra of a forthcoming dossier in Screen entitled “Television in/of the Banal Anthropocene.” 

Ursula Münster is an associate professor of environmental humanities and the director of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH). She has done extensive ethnographic fieldwork in South India on issues of gender, conservation and more-than-human relations. Her research and teaching interests include multispecies studies, political ecology, wildlife conservation in the Anthropocene, extinction studies, gender, and practices of more-than-human care. She is currently working on the publication of her second monograph with the working title: "Encountering Wildlife."

Hanna Musiol is an associate professor of Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Hanna Musiol comes to Trondheim from Boston, where she taught in the English and American Studies programs at Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Simmons College. Her research interests include American and Anglophone literatures, visual studies, archive and curation, critical pedagogy, digital humanities, gender studies and critical theory, with emphasis on migration, environmental humanities / political ecology, human rights, and decolonization. She has published widely on literary and visual aesthetics and human rights, and her work has appeared in Journal of American StudiesCollege LiteratureJournal of Labor and SocietyOil Culture (University of Minnesota Press), Human Rights and Literature (Routledge), and Discursive Framing of Human Rights (Routledge). She also associate-edited Cultural Studies: An Anthology (Blackwell) and was the creator of the (Im)Migrant Experience Initiative (IEI), a digital archive devoted to the preservation of narratives of migration and displacement at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Katie Ritson is a senior editor and lecturer in environmental humanities at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society (RCC), Munich. She studied German, Comparative Literature, and Nordic Philology at the University of Cambridge and Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, with particular focus on gender studies, ecocriticism, and environmental humanities. Her book The Shifting Sands of the North Sea Lowlands: Literary and Historical Imaginaries was published in the Routledge Environmental Humanities series in 2019. She currently serves on the executive boards of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment (EASLCE) and the International Consortium of Environmental History Organisations (ICEHO).

Sessions' reading list

Scott Bremer: Maintaining scientific quality: peer review in transdisciplinary research

Required readings:

  • Bremer, Scott, Funtowicz, Silvio, "Negotiating a place for sustainability science: Narratives from the Waikaraka Estuary in New Zealand", in Environmental Science and Policy vol. 53:A, 2015, 47-59.
  • S. Bremer, M. Mahfujul Haque, Saifullah Bin Aziz, S. Kvamme: 'My new routine': Assessing the impact of citizen science on climate adaptation in Bangladesh, in Environmental Science and Policy vol. 94, 2019. 245-257.

Sara Penrhyn Jones: Creative practice as a mode of research and dissemination

Required readings:

  • Barone, Tom, Eisner, Elliot W., Ch. 10: "What are Some Fundamental Ideas from Arts Based Research?", in Arts Based Research, 164-172, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2012.
  • Jones, Sara Penrhyn, "A Crisis Discipline: Broadening Understanding of Environmental Communication Through Theory and Practice", in The International Journal of Creative Media Research, issue 2, 2019.

Further readings:

  • Bird Rose, D., T. van Dooren, M. Chrulew, S. Cooke, M. Kearnes and E. O’Gorman, "Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities", in Environmental Humanities 1(1), 2012, 1-5.
  • Barone, T. and E. W. Eisner, Arts Based Research, Los Angeles: Sage, 2011.
  • Brulle, R. J., "From Environmental Campaigns to Advancing the Public Dialog: Environmental Communication for Civic Engagement", in Environmental Communication, 4(1), 2010, 82-98.
  • Nelson, R., Practice as Research in the Arts: Principles, Protocols, Pedagogies, Resistances, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
  • Pezzullo, P. C. and R. Cox., Environmental Communication and the Public Sphere (5th edition) Los Angeles: SAGE, 2017.
  • Freeman, J., Blood, Sweat and Theory: Research Through Practice in Performance, Libri Publishing, 2010.

Finn Arne Jørgensen: Thinking through and with objects in the environmental humanities

Required readings:

  • Jørgensen, Finn Arne: "Walking with GPS: An object lesson", in Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research, 282-295, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • Peters, John Durham, Ch. 1: "Understanding Media", in The Marvelous Clouds, 13-51, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Julia Leyda & Katie Ritson: Petrocultures: Theories and Methods

Required readings:

  • Huber, Matthew, "Theorizing Energy Geographies", in Geography Compass, 2015, 1-12.
  • Miéville, China, "Covehithe", in Guardian, 2011.
  • LeMenager, Stephanie, and River Ramuglia. “Cli-Fi, Petroculture, and the Environmental Humanities: An Interview with Stephanie LeMenager”, in Studies in the Novel  vol. 50:1, 2018, 154-164.
  • Wenzel, Jennifer. “Introduction.”, in Fueling Culture: 101 Words for Energy and Environment, Fordham UP, 2017, 1-16.

Further readings:

  • Barrett, Ross, and Daniel Worden, (ed.) Oil Culture. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2014.

  • Buell, Lawrence, “A Short History of Oil Cultures: Or, the Marriage of Catastrophe and Exuberance”, in Journal of American Studies 46.2 (2012): 273-93.

  • Ghosh, Amitav, The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, U of Chicago P, 2016.

  • Huber, Matthew, Lifeblood: Oil, Freedom, and the Forces of Capital, Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2013.

  • LeMenager, Stephanie, Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century, New York: Oxford UP, 2014.

  • Lykkeland. TV series. Episodes 1 and 2 (NRK, 2018- ).

  • Mitchell, Timothy, Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil, London: Verso, 2011.

  • Moore, Jason W., Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capial, London: Verso, 2015.

  • Rimbereid, Øyvind, excerpt from “Solaris korrigert” (2009), available at

  • Szeman, Imre, “Conjectures on World Energy Literature: Or, What is Petroculture?”, in Journal of Postcolonial Writing 53.3, 2017, 277-88.

  • Wilson, Sheena, Adam Carlson, and Imre Szeman, (ed.), Petrocultures: Oil, Politics, Culture, Montreal: McGill University Press, 2017.

  • Yaeger, Patricia, “Literature in the Ages of Wood, Tallow, Coal, Whale Oil, Gasoline, Atomic Power, and Other Energy Sources.”, in PMLA 126.2, 2011), 305-26.

Ursula Münster: More-than-Human Methods in Environmental Humanities

Required readings:

  • van Dooren, Thom; Kirksey, Eben; Münster, Ursula (2016), "Multispecies Studies", in Environmental Humanities vol. 8:1, 1–23.

Further readings:

  • Bird, Deborah Rose, "Val Plumwood’s Philosophical Animism", in Environmental Humanities 3, 2013, 93–109.
  • Despret, Vinciane  What Would Animals Say if We Asked the Right Questions?, Minneapolis: University of Minnessota Press, 2016.
  • Kirksey, Eben; Helmreich, Stefan, "The emergence of Multispecies Ethnography", in Cultural Anthropology 25 (4), 2010, 545–576.
  • Kramvig, B. C. Bratland and H. Verran, "Doing Indigenous Methodologies: Towards a Practice of the 'Careful Partial Participant", in ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations' and First Peoples' Cultures, vol. 2, 2018, 74-95.
  • Locke, Piers; Münster, Ursula, "Multispecies Ethnography", in Entry for Oxford University Bibliographies Online, 2015,
  • Swanson, Heather, "Methods for Multispecies Anthropology. Thinking with Salmon Otoliths and Scales", in Social Analysis 61 (2), 2017, 81–99.
  • van Dooren, Thom, Flight ways. Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction, New York: Columbia University Press, 2014.
  • van Dooren, Thom, Making Worlds with Crows. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019.

Hanna Musiol: "Geographies of Learning:” Industry, Colony, & Environmental Storytelling

Required readings:

  • Brennan, Sheila A., “Public, First,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, 384-9, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
  • Nixon, Rob, “Slow Violence”, in Chronicle of Higher Education, 2011.
  • Tsing, Anna et al., “Introduction” x 2, in Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet, London: University of Minnesota Press, 2017.
  • Whyte, Kyle, “Our Ancestors’ Dystopia Now”. in Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, 206-214, Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2017.

Further readings:

  • Arke, Pia, Stories from Scorebysund. Photographs, Colonisation and Mapping [originally published as Scoresbysundhistorier]. Copenhagen: Kuratorisk Aktion, 2010 (2003).
  • Armiero, Marco, “Environmental Humanities and the current socioecological crisis”, in: Higher Education in the World 7. Humanities and Higher Education: Generating Synergies between Science, Technology and Humanities. GUNI: 2019

  • Donna Haraway, Storytelling for the Earthly Survival (film).
  • Somby, Ánde, “The Geography of Learning: Ánde Somby”, in Creative Time Summit 2015.
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