Ursula Münster

Associate Professor - Environmental Humanities
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Academic interests

  • Environmental Humanities
  • Multispecies Ethnography
  • Extinction Studies
  • Wildlife in the Anthropocene
  • South Asia

Background

Ursula Münster is associate professor of environmental humanities and the director of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH). Trained as social and cultural anthropologist in Mexico (Escuela National de Anthropología e Historia) and Germany (PhD 2006, Habilitation 2018 at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich), she has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in rural South India (Tamil Nadu and Kerala).

Before joining UiO, Ursula was Director of Academic Programs at the Rachel Carson Center of Environment and Society (RCC) at LMU Munich. She has also been a visiting scholar at the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment (ATREE) in Bangalore, India, at the Center for Development Studies in Thiruvananthapuram, India, and at the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM) at the University of California Berkeley, USA. 

Her research interests include multispecies ethnography, 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."

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Teaching

Ursula Münster has taught bachelor's and master's courses in cultural anthropology, feminist theory, research methods and transdisciplinary environmental humanities. She has led interdisciplinary field seminars and supervised master students from different disciplinary backgrounds in the field of environmental humanities.


Publications

Monographs                                   

In process, Encountering Wildlife: Conflicts, Care, and Conviviality in a South Indian Forest, Habilitation-thesis.

Forthcoming, Die Gute Frau: Hochkastige Weiblichkeit im ländlichen Tamil Nadu. Südindien (The Auspicious Wife: Gender and Femininity in Rural South India), Lit Verlag: Münster

Edited works                                              

2017. Troubling Species: Care and Belonging in a Relational World, RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society (1), (edited as part of the Multispecies Editing Collective), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7768

2017. Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre und Medialität: Beiträge aus der Ethnologie. Lit Verlag: Berlin, (edited with Philipp Zehmisch, Jens Zickgraf and Claudia Lang). ISBN 978-3-643-13911-5

2016. Multispecies Studies, Environmental Humanities 8 (2), (edited with Thom Van Dooren, Eben Kirksey, Deborah Bird Rose, Matthew Chrulew and Anna Tsing), https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3527695

2014. Asian Environments: Connections Across Borders, Landscapes, and Times, RCC Perspectives 3 (edited with Gunnel Cederlöf and Shiho Satsuka), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6331

2012. Fields and Forests: Ethnographic Perspectives on Environmental Globalization, RCC Perspectives 5 (edited with Daniel Münster and Stefan Dorondel), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5595

2012. Why Do we Value Diversity? Biocultural Diversity in a Global Context. RCC Perspectives 2012 (9), (edited with Gary Martin und Diana Mincyte), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5599

Journal Articles                                      

2017. “Forest Atmospheres: Ecological Nostalgia in a Teak Plantation”. In: Soziale Ästhetik, Atmosphäre und Medialität: Beiträge aus der Ethnologie. Lit Verlag: Berlin, 61-72, ISBN 978-3-643-13911-5

2017. “The Sons of Salem Ali: Avian Care in the Western Ghats of South India”. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society 2017 (1): 67–75, doi.org/10.5282/rcc/7776

2016. “Working for the Forest: The Ambivalent Intimacies of Human–Elephant Collaboration in South Indian Wildlife Conservation”. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology 81 (3): 425–47, https://doi.org/10.1080/00141844.2014.969292 

2016. “Multispecies Studies: Cultivating Arts of Attentiveness”. Environmental Humanities 8 (2): 1–24 (with Thom Van Dooren und Eben Kirksey), https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3527695 

2016. “The Viral Creep: Elephants and Herpes in Times of Extinction”. Environmental Humanities 8 (1): 118–24 (with Celia Lowe), https://doi.org/10.1215/22011919-3527749 

2015. “Work, Knowledge and Subaltern Subjectivities in South Indian Nature Conservation.” Rivista Degli Studi Orientali Nuova Serie 88 (Suppliment 2): 197–214.

2015. “Multispecies Ethnography” (peer-reviewed). Entry in John Jackson (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press (with Piers Locke), DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199766567-0130

2012. “In the Jungle of Law: The Implementation of the Forest Rights Act in Kerala.” Economic & Political Weekly 47 (19): 38–45 (with Suma Vishnudas)

2012. “Consuming the Forest in an Environment of Crisis: Nature Tourism, Forest Conservation, and Neoliberal Agriculture in South India.” Development and Change 43 (1): 205–27 (with Daniel Münster), https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7660.2012.01754.x 

Chapters                                         

2016. “Challenges of Coexistence: Human-Elephant Conflicts in Wayanad, Kerala, South India”. In Conflict, Negotiation, Coexistence: Human-Elephant Relations in South Asia, edited by Piers Locke and Jane Buckingham. Delhi: Oxford University Press: 321-352, DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467228.003.0013

2014. “Invisible Labor: Adivasi Workers in the History of South Indian Forest Conservation.” In Münster, Ursula, Gunnel Cederlöf, and Shiho Satsuka (eds.), Asian Environments: Governing Nature, Negotiating Knowledge, Constructing Subjectivities, RCC Perspectives 3: 53–58, doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6345 

2014. “Introduction” to Münster, Ursula, Gunnel Cederlöf, and Shiho Satsuka (eds.), Asian Environment: Connections across Borders, Landscapes, and Times, RCC Perspectives 3: 5–7 (with Gunnel Cederlöf and Shiho Satsuka), https://doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6331

2012. “Introduction” to Martin, Gary, Diana Mincyte, and Ursula Münster, (eds.), Why Do We Value Diversity, RCC Perspectives 9: 5–7 (with Gary Martin and Diana Mincyte), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5599

2012. “Contentious Diversities and Dangerous Species: Biocultural Diversity in the Context of Human-Animal Conflicts.” In Martin, Gary, Diana Mincyte, and Ursula Münster (eds.), Why Do We Value Diversity, RCC Perspectives 12: 31­–36, doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5599

2012. “Introduction“ to Münster, Ursula, Daniel Münster, and Stefan Dorondel (eds.), Fields and Forests: Ethnographic Perspectives on Environmental Globalization, RCC Perspectives 5: 5–10 (with Daniel Münster and Stefan Dorondel, doi.org/10.5282/rcc/6331

2012. “Human-Animal Conflicts in Kerala: Elephants and Ecological Modernity on the Agrarian Frontier in South Asia.” In Münster, Ursula, Daniel Münster, and Stefan Dorondel (eds.), Fields and Forests: Ethnographic Perspectives on Environmental Globalization, RCC Perspectives 5: 5–10 (with Daniel Münster), doi.org/10.5282/rcc/5595

Tags: Environmental Humanities, Multispecies Studies, Anthropocene, South Asia
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