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I work with history of knowledge, material culture/materiality, and museology/heritage studies. In my doctoral dissertation (2013) I investigated 18th century natural history in Spain. I have also worked with history of medicine, ethnography, earth sciences and of historical disciplines.
As postdoctoral fellow my main project concerns oil:
Oil. Remembering pasts, envisioning futures
How do we remember oil? How does oil transform into heritage in museums and within different heritage practices? And, how are such oilpasts connected to different future visions? The postdoctoral project investigates how different oilpasts are made and remade through a variety of heritage practices, and how such pasts connect, or don’t connect, with envisioned futures.
The main focus is upon the recent, Norwegian oilpast; approximately 50 years ago, oil was discovered in the North Sea, and has since been a source of massive wealth. Within the same period, use of oil has become a ‘wicked’ problem, greatly contributing to global climate change. This makes heritageproduction a challenging task, since oil has caused both good and bad. How is this dilemma handled when oil turns into something we should remember?
Different temporalities meet the eye when we encounter oil within museums and heritage practices. A deep and very long geological time is oft-seen when oilpasts are conveyed; during the course of millions of years, oil has come into being deep within the earth’s layers. This kind of time stretches across timescales which are hard to grasp, and this may represent a tricky problem when oilpasts are made within heritage practices. A main task of heritage is to produce identity, to make people feel a sense of belonging to somewhere, someone, some time or some incident. Is it possible to feel a belonging to epochs millions of years ago and to processes within subterranean layers, all taking place long before humans came to exist? This scientifically based time is probably not a very well suited means for providing feelings of identity. Thus it is often supplemented by more recent and localized times when oilpasts are made. One example is seen in the efforts of making oil ‘Norwegian’ through stately controlled naming policies of oil fields – until recently, most fields were given names that originated from Norse mythology. In 2011, however, the Ministry of Petroleum and Energy decided that all new oil fields should be named after persons associated with historically important political processes related to the ‘Nationbuilding’ period in Norway, dating from 1814 and onwards.
Oil in itself is rarely put on display. Rather, the technologies and histories surrounding it are exhibited. Models of oilrigs and pipes, stories of political governance and of national wealth are perhaps better suited to embody oil – than crude oil in itself. Drawing on insights from recent materiality studies the project explores how oil materialises, and how it is negotiated, transformed and contested within different knowledge- and heritageproducing networks.
The project reflects upon the concepts of heritage, materiality and temporality. Although the main focus is on Norwegian oil, the project also has a comparative outlook and will explore oiltimes in other European countries, namely UK, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Italy.
Oilpasts are made in museums, governmental bodies, oil companies, shipyards and environmental organisations –among other places. A premise for the project is that remembered pasts and envisioned futures are highly performative in the present – they make us think, feel and act. The project explores connections between such pasts and futures.
Tags: Cultural history, Museums and Museology


Ruud, Lise Camilla (2014). There is not one single thing that resembles this one. Writing human monsters in late eighteenth- century Spain, Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies. Temanummer Writing Nature, red. Kristin Asdal og Gro Ween. Vol.2, nr.1, 2014, s.62-69.

Ruud, Lise Camilla (2014). Å gjøre museumsgjenstander. Åtte øgler og en maursluker i det sene 17000-tallets El Real Gabinete de Historia Natural, i Nordisk Museologi , 2014, nr.1, s.54-71.

  • Ruud, Lise Camilla; Roos, Merethe & Hurum, Jørn Harald (2017). Geologia Norvegica. Geologisk kunnskapsformidling i Norge på 1600-tallet, I: Merethe Roos & Johan Tønnesson (red.),  Sann opplysning? Naturvitenskap i nordiske offentligheter gjennopm fire århundrer.  Cappelen Damm Akademisk.  ISBN 9788202566265.  Kapittel 2.  s 39 - 74
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2016). Enacting Disease. Chorea Sancti Viti in Nineteenth- Century Norway. Arv. Nordic Yearbook of Folklore.  ISSN 0066-8176.  72, s 29- 59
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2015). Kirurgiens nytte : norsk kirurgi etter etableringen av Theatrum Anatomico-Chirurgicum (1736) og introduksjonen av laparoskopi (1990). Tidsskrift for kulturforskning.  ISSN 1502-7473.  14(1), s 37- 55
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2014). There is not one single thing that resembles this one. Writing human monsters in late eighteenth- century Spain. Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies.  ISSN 1894-4647.  2(1), s 62- 69
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2014). Å gjøre museumsgjenstander. Åtte øgler og en maursluker i det sene 17000-tallets El Real Gabinete de Historia Natural. Nordisk Museologi.  ISSN 1103-8152.  (1), s 54- 71
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2013). Six Monstrous Pigs: Animal Monsters and Museum Practices in the Eighteenth-Century El Real Gabinete de Historia Natural, In Liv Emma Thorsen; Karen Rader & Adam Dodd (ed.),  Animals on Display. The Creaturely in Museums, Zoos, and Natural History.  Penn State University Press.  ISBN 978-0-271-06070-5.  kapittel.  s 15 - 36
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2012). Manuela Malasana - en fleksibel heltinne, I: Ellen Marie Krefting; Anne Eriksen & Anne Birgitte Rønning (red.),  Eksemplets makt. Kjønn, representasjon og autoritet fra antikken til i dag.  Spartacus.  ISBN 9788230400890.  kapittel VII.  s 175 - 201
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2012). Rolstadloftet. Én bygning - flere norgeshistorier. Tidsskrift for kulturforskning.  ISSN 1502-7473.  11(1), s 41- 55
  • Kjus, Audun; Bartolo, Inês Espås; Eriksen, Anne; Krefting, Ellen Marie; Ruud, Lise Camilla; Rønning, Anne Birgitte; Sigurdsson, Jon Vidar & Vadum, Kristoffer (2011). Autoritet og eksempel. Rhetorica Scandinavica.  ISSN 1397-0534.  (58), s 6, 57-78 : ill.
  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2008). A Zoo-logical Nature. The Construction of Africa in Kristiansand Zoo and Amusement Park. Tidsskrift for kulturforskning.  ISSN 1502-7473.  (3), s 54- 65

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  • Ruud, Lise Camilla & Planke, Terje (2011). Rolstadloftet. En vitenskapshistorisk biografi. Novus Forlag.  ISBN 978-82-7099-630-8.  19 s.

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  • Ruud, Lise Camilla (2013). Doing Museum Objects in late Eighteenth Century Madrid. Show summary

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