Advancing Theory and Method in the Environmental Humanities

Establishing the environmental humanities in the Nordic countries is a matter of increasing concern, above all for the sake of the environment itself, but also for the sake of the humanities. Research within the humanistic domain is undergoing significant changes. Traditional disciplinary boundaries are being traversed, just as questions regarding the relevance of humanistic studies are being raised from multiple sources.

Among the prime motivations of environmental humanistic scholars is a genuine ambition to address real world concerns and in the process redress or ameliorate the crises of culture and nature that appear to dominate contemporary social and ecological systems.

Humanistic research focusing on the environment and environmental issues is prevalent, both in the Nordic countries and elsewhere internationally. What the domain of the humanities lacks is the pan/trans-disciplinary cohesion and wider institutional anchoring broadly typical of environmental studies in its more recognisable natural-science and social science constellations.

Appropriate forums such as this researcher training course may help to establish the necessary means by which to generate such cohesion. The opportunities for intellectual, cultural and scientific exchange, as well as cross-disciplinary discourse and research collaboration, are greatly enhanced via such an initiative.

At this course approximately 30 younger Nordic researchers (PhD students and post-docs) can learn more about relevant efforts in related fields both in neighbouring Nordic countries and elsewhere. Lectures and workshops are given by leading international researchers in a broad spectrum of humanistic disciplines.

Facts about the project

Project number: 42603

Project leader

Sverker Sörlin, KTH - Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden