Nordic Environments: Opening Conference of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities

How can academics, artists and activists creatively engage with the environmental challenges of current times? How to imagine more just, livable and democratic futures in the Nordic countries?

six old oil rigs waiting for disassembly in a fiord in Norway

The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities celebrates its official opening on 1 November 2019 at SALT, a nomadic art space located at Oslo’s harbor. We invite you to join our conference and an evening of celebration with environmental interventions from artists, activists and environmental practitioners who live and love the environments of the North. 

The event features both a daytime conference with a keynote talk and panel discussion, as well as the evening program "Interventions" with short performances and a concert. The event is open to all, but participation in the daytime program requires registration. No registration is needed to participate in the evening program.


Full program

Daytime program

10:00 – 10:30   Arrival and Coffee
10.30 – 11:00   Welcome and Introductory Words
11:00 – 12:00   Keynote Talk

Heather Swanson (Aarhus University): “Worldly Humanities: Engaging landscapes of inequality"

12:00 – 13.30  Lunch
13.30 – 15.00   Environmental Humanities of the Global North: Panel Discussion

Marco Armiero (KTH Stockholm)

Dolly Jorgenson (University of Stavanger)

Britt Kramvig (The Arctic University of Norway)

Julia Leyda (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

15:00 End of daytime event

Evening program

17:00–17:45 Interventions I

Mads Pålsrud: “Designing for Positive Urban Change”

Elin T. Sørensen and Elisabeth Sjødahl: “The Inner Oslofjord: Underwater Urbanity”

Zane Cerpina: “The Anthropocene Cookbook”

17:45 – 18:15 Break                 
18:15 – 19:00 Interventions II

Janike Kampevold Larsen: “Mineral Time in the Arctic”

Andreas Randøy: “The Climate Lawsuit”

Kirsty Kross: “Green Fish Show”

19:00 – 19:30 Break                
19:30 – 20:30 Concert

Vassvik: "Sápmi Joik & Modern String"

20:30 – Open ended celebration


The conference will take place at Langhuset, SALT. SALT is a nomadic art project with pyramidal constructions called “hesjer”, which are based on traditional coastal construction methods. SALT was first erected on Sandhornøya in Nordland in 2014 and the project has since visited Bergen and is now in Oslo until 2020 when the journey continues to the north. The pyramidal structures have been developed in collaboration with architect Sami Rintala.


The event is partly funded by the Oslo European Green Capital 2019.


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Published Aug. 1, 2019 4:26 PM - Last modified July 1, 2022 10:45 AM