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Environmental Humanities at the Faculty of Arts

Department of Cultural Sciences

  • Ann-Louise Sandahl, PhD in Art History and Visual Studies
    In my research I explore if and how contemporary art works, films, and other kinds of visual expressions can create new understandings of time and contribute to a more long-termed and sustainable thinking. Some of the concepts I discuss in relation to art works are the anthropocene, the apocalypse and the posthuman. I also teach in the subject Eco-Aesthetics in Visual Culture.

Department of Historical Studies

  • Christian Isendahl, PhD in Archaeology
    Associate Professor Christian Isendahl (Ph.D., Uppsala University, 2002) is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, Research Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Cultural Heritage Studies Bachelor’s Program at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He is interested in issues of long-term sustainability and resilience and applies a historical ecological lens to study cities, food and water security, and socio-political organization in the past, particularly in the pre-Columbian Maya lowlands, the Andes, and the Amazon. He has a strong interest in exploring archaeology’s potential to provide practical insights addressing contemporary challenges.
  • Christine Hansen, PhD in History
    Christine Hansen is currently co-ordinator of the environmental humanities network at Gothenburg University. Her research investigates the escalating risk of wild fire in peri-urban Australian environments, focusing on the notion of ‘solistalgia’ and the experience of grief in both historical and contemporary settings in the wake of devastating environmental disasters.
  • Karl-Göran Sjögren, PhD in Archaeology
    My research concerns, among other things, landscape use and human interaction with the environment, primarily in the context of Scandinavian Stone Age societies. In particular, the character of early agriculture and its consequences for human societies is a focus of interest.
  • Per Stenborg, PhD in Archaeology
    Per Stenborg is Associate Professor of archaeology and researcher at the Department of Historical Studies, Univ. of Gothenburg. His research interests include questions about the long-term relationship between human society and environment. His research is particularly focused on pre-Columbian Amazonia - where he has been coordinating archaeological and environmental investigations.

Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and Religion

  • Björn Billing, PhD in History of Ideas
    My research interests focus mainly on natural landscapes, travel and visual representations of nature. Other environmental topics I have written and given lectures about include the anthropocene, species extinction and dinosaurs. A book about Rousseau and 18th century ideas about wilderness and mountains will be published in November 2017 (Ellerströms förlag).
  • Camilla Brudin Borg, PhD in Comparative Literature
    Ph.D, senior lecturer in Comparative literature specializing in ecocriticism. She has been writing about children’s picture books, the child and the woods and about Japanese anime from an ecocritical perspective. She is planning a project about female mountaineer ’s autobiographies.
  • Johan Alfredsson, PhD in Comparative Literature
    My current research touches upon the concepts nature/culture, in relation to contemporary poetry. Seen as a critical form for knowledge, what does contemporary poetry do with these two concepts, and the relation between them?
  • Katarina Leppänen, PhD in History of Ideas
    Katarina Leppänen is an associate professor in intellectual history. Her research focuses on, among otherthings, the connection of critique of civilization with ecological feminism in the works of Swedish feminist Elin Wägner.
  • Klas Grinell, PhD in History of Ideas
    Klas Grinell, associate professor in the History of Ideas, Curator at the Museum of World Culture. In his museum practice he explores the intersection between world culture and anthropocene. Comes to environmental humanities from critiques of modernity and global justice prespectives.
  • Mats Andrén, PhD in History of Ideas
    Mats Andrén has spent several years researching the societal dynamics of spent nuclear fuel and management of the waste, from the dimensions of legitimacy and ethics, with cases from several countries. Project: Managing Radioactive Waste: problems and challenges in a globalizing world. FORMAS 2008-2010 (with Urban Strandberg).
  • Per Ahlström, PhD Student in Comparative Literature
    Per Ahlströms research interests are dystopian fiction and related genres where natural disasters, global warming and other environmental issues are crucial.
  • Rikard Wingård, PhD in Comparative Literature
    Rikard Wingård's research interests involves the cultural history of soil, biosemiotics and Swedish nature writing. Currently he is finishing an article on historical attitudes towards bookworms (book-eating insects) and preparing two research project, the first on the use of ecological and biosemiotic concepts in popular culture 1970-80, and the second on conceptions of soil from antiquity to the 18th century.
  • Sandra Kottum, PhD Student in History of Ideas
    My research centers on 17th century English texts where social criticism is filtered through what I call "natural utopias". I am particularly interested in how animals in these texts function as teachers and moral exemplars, and in how the authors negotiate the border between animals and humans.

Department of Languages and Literatures

  • Edgar Platen, PhD in German
    Environmental Humanities (“Green” Humanities) can neither exclusively be 'ecological criticism’, since this theoretical approach refers primarily to the North American genre of nature writing, nor refer solely to ecological phenomena, because concepts of sustainability are expressly built on multifaceted and multicausual models and include, e.g. economical, social and cultural angles, among others. My research focusses on the connections between the various multifaceted models of sustainability in literary representations and their language-specific ethics in contemporary discourses, e.g. on the environment, poverty, history of technology, globalization, migration and transculturality.
  • Petra Platen, PhD in German Comparative Literature
    My research focusses above all on the interface between literary representations and (aspects of) sustainability. My recent reserach interest is, among others, the depiction of the “last human” and here especially the insights such literary representations may offer about our social relations or, more generally, about the relationship between the individual and the environment.
  • Rut Blomqvist, PhD Student in English
    Through a transdisciplinary approach, I study how works in the emerging climate fiction genre deal with environmental issues and how they envision a sustainable future. The authors I focus on – currently Kim Stanley Robinson, Margaret Atwood, and Jonathon Porritt – explicitly engage, both through their fiction and as public figures, in the environmental movement.
  • Tetz Rooke, PhD in Arabic
    My research includes the study of environemental imaginaries in Arabic literature.

Department of Philosophy, Linguistics and Theory of Science

  • Bengt Brülde, PhD in Practical Philosophy
    Some of my research is on topics like climate ethics, environmental ethics, and climate justice. I am also involved in the UGOT Challenge project CeCAR (Center for Collective Action Research), which is conducting a lot of research on environmental issues.
  • Christian Munthe, PhD in Practical Philosophy
    Christian Munthe is professor of practical philosophy and his research has among other things touched on issues about the moral status of natural systems, entities and organisms, the evaluation, responsibility and management of society related to complex risks and uncertainties in the interaction with natural systems, and the relationship between public health ethical issues and environmental concerns. He is founding and steering group member of the Centre for Antibiotic resistance research, CARe.
  • Dorna Behdadi, PhD Student in Practical Philosophy
    My dissertation project discusses the question whether non-human animals and artificial entities can be moral agents. Can other beings than (adult) humans be ascribed moral responsibility for their actions?
  • Joakim Sandberg, PhD in Practical Philosophy
    What are the responsibilities of business corporations for the sustainability of society? Does sustainability require drastic changes to our capitalist system?
  • Petra Andersson, PhD in Practical Philosophy
    My current research concerns interspecies relationships, nature-culture interaction and the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services. I am especially interested in ethical and gender aspects of equestrian sports and horse management in general. I am also a member of the Steering Committee for the Environmental Humanities Network at GU, and I am a member of the Scientific committee for biodiversity and ecosystem services at the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket).


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