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Guest lectures and seminars


A woman is listening to music on her earphones in a greenhouse.
Time and place: Oct. 5, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

The environment is having a massive impact on music, changing what music is and how it comes to be, not just what it is about or how it sounds. In this lecture, Dr. Kyle Devine, professor of musicology at UiO, presents the nuances in this Great Recomposition, and the importance of overriding our defaults. 

Time and place: Oct. 13, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

How has our understandings of relations between soil, plants, and fungi have changed over time? In this lecture, professor of anthropology Dr. Michael J. Hathaway will explore the role of fungal mycelium in engaging the soil matrix.

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Time and place: Nov. 2, 2022 3:15 PM4:30 PM, 12th floor Niels Treschows hus

In this talk, professor of design history Dr. Kjetil Fallan, explores design interventions at, and in the wake of, the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm 1972. What can design activism tell us about the conference's influence on future political decision-making? Or about the development of environmental thinking and ecologically informed design ideology in Scandinavia?


Kvinne med mørkt hår som smiler til kamera. Portrettfoto av Yan Geling.. 
Time and place: Sep. 28, 2022 12:15 PM1:15 PM, Seminar room 14, P. A. Munch's house, UiO Blindern

The famous author Yan Geling 严歌苓 explores Chinese experiences from the mid-19th century to the present day.

Compiled photo. On the left Eben Kirksey, on the right is a model with viral shape
Time and place: June 13, 2022 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Linken, Georg Sverdrups hus

In this lecture, the Medical Humanities and the Environmental Humanities meet. Associate Professor Eben Kirksey from the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University, Australia, will introduce us to the "virosphere".

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Time and place: June 9, 2022 9:15 AM12:00 PM, Blindern, UiO

Are you writing your MA or Ph.D. thesis on Chinese cities, global urban studies, infrastructure, Special economic zone, urbanism, or the Belt and Road initiative?

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Time and place: May 24, 2022 12:15 PM1:15 PM, P. A. Munchs hus: Seminarom 4

  Guest lecture by James A. Millward, Georgetown University.

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Time and place: May 9, 2022 2:15 PM3:45 PM, P.A. Munchs Hus, s.r. 1

Guest lecture by Yefrem Yefremov, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University. 

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Time and place: May 4, 2022 3:00 PM4:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

The Chinese political system includes several million full-time professional staff often referred to as 'cadres'. Who are these local administrators, and how important are they for the Chinese Communist Party's developmental policies? How will it influence an individual to become a CCP cadre? In this seminar, we will examine cadres' roles from the perspective of two case studies, one focusing on environmental policies and the other with a focus on gender.

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Time and place: Apr. 6, 2022 11:00 AM12:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

How important is gender for young people in contemporary China? What challenges and aspirations are central to young Chinese women? This seminar will focus on how young women from China negotiate different expectations and identities both inside and outside their homeland.

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Time and place: Apr. 4, 2022 2:15 PM4:00 PM, Georg Sverdrups hus, Auditorium 2

Welcome to a guest lecture by Erica Baffelli, Professor of  Japanese Studies at The University of Manchester. 

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Time and place: Mar. 2, 2022 4:00 PM5:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)
In November 2021 the Chinese Communist Party passed a new resolution on its own history. As a part of the party’s 100-year anniversary, past events were brought closer to the present and to Xi Jinping’s leadership. How large is the gap between the way the CCP understands its own history and the way international historians describe it?
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Time and place: Feb. 10, 2022 3:00 PM4:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

China’s main foreign policy initiatives are not directed at the West but prioritise south-south relations. In this seminar, we will learn more about China’s orientation towards developing countries and the meaning of the concept of a ‘more democratic world order’ for the Chinese Communist Party.

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Time and place: Dec. 9, 2021 4:00 PM5:30 PM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom.

What happens when people bring their environmental complaints to a body gathered in the name of the world? In this lecture Dr. Cheryl Lousley, professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Lakehead University, Canada, discusses the World Commission on Environment and Development's public hearings. 

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Time and place: Dec. 1, 2021 3:00 PM4:00 PM, Zoom (sign up)

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is one of China’s most discussed foreign policy initiatives. What is the BRI? How does it influence other countries? In this webinar, Freymann will give a presentation of his book and answer questions from the audience, in discussion with Özge Söylemez.

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Bowhead whales have been known to three groups along the Bering Strait over the past two centuries: Indigenous Yupik and Inupiaq whalers, capitalist commercial whalers, and communist industrial whalers. This talk by Dr. Bathsheba R. Demuth, explores how each of these groups imagined different normative relationships with whales and how these ideas shaped interactions between human hunters and whales, and the whales’ own adaptions.

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Time and place: Nov. 4, 2021 10:15 AM11:30 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

What kind of careful attention to the meaningful lives of other species does film making engender? What sort of perspectives may it open up and/or foreclose? In this talk, filmmaker Asgeir Helgestad and historian of science Ageliki Lefkaditou, draw on three of their documentary projects on climate change and biodiversity loss to discuss how filming may convey the complex relationships that such processes provoke and threaten.

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Time and place: Nov. 3, 2021 3:00 PM4:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

China’s rise to superpower status is the most important geopolitical change of our time. On November 3rd we are excited to host two international experts on this topic, Elizabeth Economy and Shaun Breslin, in discussion with China correspondent for the New York Times, Amy Qin. 

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Time and place: Oct. 6, 2021 3:00 PM4:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

‘Common prosperity’ is an important goal for the future development of the Chinese economy. This is a response to several decades of increasing inequality during the reform era. Which groups of the Chinese population have so far missed out on the advantages of rapid economic growth? What is their situation?

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Time and place: Sep. 8, 2021 4:15 PM5:00 PM, Zoom

We have the pleasure of inviting you to a digital talk with Rodney Harrison, Professor of Heritage Studies at UCL, on Wednesday September 8th.

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Time and place: Sep. 8, 2021 3:00 PM4:30 PM, Zoom (sign up)

China’s economic reforms have caused rapid growth for a period of forty years. The Chinese Communist Party’s gradualist approach to reform was not inevitable. What were the alternative routes and why were they abandoned? What new obstacles for further Chinese economic development may change its future course?

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Time and place: June 18, 2021 10:00 AM11:30 AM, CET. Register for webinar on Zoom

How may we grasp meaning beyond the boundaries of biological species? In this talk philosopher Dr. Dominique Lestel, will explore ‘zoo-futurism’ as setting up the basis of an ego-ecology – to incarnate and to feel biodiversity not from the point of view of the first person, but from the point of view of a first person; to feel its richness and importance from a personal point of view.

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Time and place: June 16, 2021June 19, 2021, BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg
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Time and place: June 9, 2021June 18, 2021, Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain
Time and place: May 25, 2021, Online symposium.