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The Oslo School of Environmental Humanities aims to stimulate environmental research that asks innovative questions and seeks dialogue across disciplinary divides, and beyond academia.

OSEH Collaboratories

The OSEH Collaboratories are interdisciplinary research groups that work together to ask new and better research questions on the global environmental and climatic crisis. The deadline for applications to form new collaboratories is twice a year. Participants from all disciplines and the arts are welcome, but the Principal Investigator (PI) needs to be based at UiO's Faculty of Humanities.
  • 640px-sprukket_jord_21-08-19 Anthropogenic Soils

    A science-humanities-arts collaboratory on soil care in contaminated times. Anthropogenic Soils aims to start conversations around soils from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

  • bionic-natures Bionic Natures

    Across the world, emergent technologies are being developed and put to work that replace, augment or transform existing ecological processes—creating new bionic natures, cyborg ecologies composed of organic and artificial elements. What happens to the idea of nature when nature becomes a cyborg?

  • under-sinsenkrysset-august-2020 Critical Petroaesthetics

    What is the cultural impact of petroleum, and how might the aesthetics of oil be a factor holding back progress on a transition to alternative energy? Scholars of literature, media, rhetoric, musicology, and political science are looking for answers to these questions.

Associated Research Projects

The University of Oslo hosts a diverse range of projects in the field of climatic and environmental research, in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. These are some of the ongoing projects associated with OSEH.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowships

If you are interested in applying for a post doc position through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual fellowships (IF) program to come to Oslo and work within the field of environmental humanities, please contact the members of the OSEH working group or administrative coordinator Carina B. Tørud.

Apply for Funding

We currently accept two kinds of applications:

OSEH Collaboratories

OSEH supports scholars in the humanities by providing funding for interdisciplinary research groups. These collaboratories should jointly develop new research questions, propose a plan for a collaborative research project, and eventually apply for external project funding. The main applicant (PI) needs to be based at UiO’s Faculty of Humanities, but further members of a collaboratory may come from any other faculty or institution. We encourage collaboration across faculties and institutions, as well as beyond the traditional boundaries of academia, towards artists, museum curators, film-makers, journalists and more.

Each collaboratory may apply for up to 75 000 NOK per year, for up to 2 years. Funds may be spent, for instance, on workshops and seminars to develop a research proposal, or research assistance. Applications can be submitted twice a year, on 1 March and 1 October. All applications will be evaluated by a committee consisting of research leaders from the three participating departments, the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages (IKOS), Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts and Ideas (IFIKK) and the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History (IAKH).

Applications should include:

  • Outline of the collaboratory’s topic, research plans, and future objectives (max 1000 words)
  • Brief introduction of the main applicant (PI) and list of collaborators with weblinks to their academic or professional profiles (max 500 words)
  • Statement on relevance for OSEH and the environmental humanities: See
  • List of planned activities
  • Detailed budget

Submit your application here.

Only applications submitted through the online system will be evaluated.


Community-building initiatives

OSEH will support small-scale initiatives that seek to strengthen the community of scholars working within the field of environmental humanities at UiO. We can support the invitation of a guest speaker, or the co-funding of events that bring together interdisciplinary environmental scholars with the aim of promoting innovative research. Applicants need to be based at the Faculty of Humanities at UiO. Participating scholars may come from any other faculty or institution.

We encourage applications that involve scholars from the natural sciences. We also encourage creative applications that seek collaboration with a broader public and involve, for instance, artists, film-makers, or other actors engaged in environmental research. 

Applications for these initiatives can be submitted at any time. Please allow up to one month for a funding decision. Applications will be evaluated by the director of OSEH.

Applications should include:

  • Brief presentation of the project (max 1000 words)
  • Brief introduction of the applicant with link to personal website, as well as to the websites of the other members of the group (max 500 words)
  • Relevance for OSEH and the environmental humanities See
  • List of concrete plans
  • Budget

Submit your application here.

Deadline: Rolling. 

Only applications submitted through the online system will be evaluated.