A science-humanities-arts collaboratory on soil care in contaminated times. Anthropogenic Soils aims to start conversations around soils from multiple disciplinary perspectives.
The OSEH Collaboratories are interdisciplinary research groups that work together to ask new research questions on the global environmental and climatic crisis.
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?
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, theology, and political science are looking for answers to these questions.
How can we exhibit climate – a phenomenon far removed from human perception? The Curating Climate collaboratory explores the dynamic and transgressive field of the ‘climate museum’.
This Collaboratory explores the unique making, unmaking, and fluctuation of boundaries in marine spaces. Inspired by case studies such as marine sovereignty claims based on albatross excrement deposits, the territorial range changes of arctic seals with sea ice break up, and the impacts of sea level rise on small island states we will examine the history of marine territorialization and place-making from a diverse set of perspectives to ask a question about the present-future: what is happening to fluid marine boundaries as the global ocean ecosystem destabilizes?
As the UN are ringing in the Decade of Ocean Science and Development, ocean health faces dramatic decline on a global scale. An emergent transdisciplinary research field of so-called oceanic or blue humanities respond to this situation by challenging terrestrial-based knowledge structures. How can a regionally situated and combined media aesthetics and media ecological approach on what we here call the High North Atlantic contribute with critical perspectives to this budding field?
What monsters roam the Anthropocene? And how might they help us understand our current moment? Drawing on feminist theory, decolonial theory, queer theory and critical disability studies, the Monsters of the Anthropocene collaboratory invites creative and critical engagements with the figure of the monster in order to address questions of power, vulnerability and othering in the Anthropocene.
What if we looked at the deep future as a collaborative multi-species project? This collaboratory brings together people interested in the exploration of deep time using playful storytelling practices like Nordic LARP and other forms of role-play.
How can we balance wilding agricultural land to increase biodiversity, while maintaining the cultural heritage within landscapes? Is it possible to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems, while restoring culture too? What issues are at stake in the UN Decade on Restoration?
This environmental humanities collaboratory encourages trans-disciplinary conversations to understand and imagine how attention to overlapping worlds of meaning - crafted by diverse humans and other living beings - may create new possibilities not just for survival but for genuine multispecies coexistence in the Sixth Extinction.