Network members

Ahlbäck, Pia Maria
Åbo Akademi University, pahlback(at)

Since 2015 I hold a position as Lecturer in Comparative literature at the Swedish language university Åbo Akademi University, in Turku, Finland. My dissertation in English language and literature was a study of environmental discourse in early twentieth century Britain with particular attention to George Orwell’s work (2001). Having since worked in various history and ethnomusicological projects, I have only recently returned to ecocriticism and now take a particular interest in constructions of soundscapes and lightscapes in Scandinavian and British climate fiction.

Antunes, Luis R.
University of Kent, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, luis.antunes(at)mail.ntnu

Ph.D. Candidate in Film Studies and Aesthetics University of Kent and Norwegian University of Science and Technology;
website: .
My main research interests are film experientiality and the perceptual engagement created through the relationship among sensory modalities and film style. For the past few years, I have been exploring a contemporary tendency of cinema where various forms of experiential aesthetics are used as alternative to more conventional narrative approaches to film, namely and among others, through the work of Gus Van San Sant, Knut Erik Jensen, Ki-Duk Kim, Terrence Malick and Andrea Arnold.

Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir
University of Iceland, audurada(at)

Auður Aðalsteinsdóttir is a postdoctoral researcher at Queen Margrethes and Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Ocean, Climate, and Society (ROCS), a collaborative project at the University of Iceland and the University of Copenhagen, where she studies natural disasters as they appear in contemporary Icelandic fiction, exploring themes such as climate anxiety, climate change from a gender and equality perspective, posthumanism and postnature. 

Auður has a PhD in literary studies from the University of Iceland. Her PhD-thesis on Icelandic literary criticism was published under the title Þvílíkar ófreskjur in 2021. She has taught courses in literary criticism, cultural studies and contemporary literature at the University of Iceland. Auður has also worked as a journalist and editor and hosted a weekly radio show on literature at the Icelandic Broadcasting Service.

Axelsson, Marcus
Østfold University College, marcus.axelsson(at)

Marcus Axelsson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Scandinavian Languages at Østfold University College. His research interests lie within the field of Translation Studies and lately he has directed the interest toward the translation of ecocritical perspectives in translated children’s and YA literature. Together with Associate Professor Barbro Bredesen Opset, he has edited the book Fortellinger om bærekraftig utvikling. Perspektiver for norskfaget (Universitetsforlaget, 2021).

Bourns, Timothy
University of Iceland, tim(at)

Timothy Bourns is the postdoctoral researcher on the project Emotion and the Medieval Self in Northern Europe, based at the School of Humanities at the University of Iceland. He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford; his thesis demonstrated how animals and humans are interconnected in Old Norse literature, revealing medieval Norse-Icelandic ideas, values, and beliefs about non-human animals and the environment. His current research interests include trémenn (‘tree-men’) and material ecocriticism; animal and non-human emotionality and selfhood; and the relationship between socio-cultural emotive conventions and literary depictions of emotion.

Brudin Borg, Camilla
University of Gothenburg, camilla.brudin.borg(at)

Ph.d Camilla Brudin Borg, senior lecturer in Comparative literature, is specializing in Ecocritisim at The Department of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion at The University of Gothenburg where she is also working with the Environmental Humanities Network (GUEHN).
She has been writing about children’s picture books, the image of the child in the woods and about Japanese anime from an ecocritical and postcolonial perspective. She wrote her dissertation on the Swedish author Lars Gyllensten and his work with images and metaphors (A play of shadows. Image Critique and Icon Aesthetics in the works of Lars Gyllensten, 2005) and has also researched on the Søren Kierkegaard reception as a postdoc at the Søren Kierkegaard Center I Copenhagen. Brudin Borg is now continuing the discoursive oriented research with an ecocritical perspective, and is planning a project about female mountaineer ’s autobiographies.

Cederström, Marcus
University of Wisconsin–Madison, cederstrom(at)

Marcus Cederström is the Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He has a PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from UW-Madison and researches immigration to the United States, identity formation, North American Indigenous communities, and sustainability. For more information, see his website:

Coughlin, Jenna
St. Olaf College, coughl3(at)

Jenna Coughlin is Assistant Professor of Norwegian at St. Olaf College. She completed her Ph.D. in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on perceptions of local place and changing lanscapes in poetry, as well as perceptions of climate change and its effects in a variety of media. Jenna teaches Norwegian language at St. Olaf, as well as courses on nature in Nordic culture and Arctic literature. She is the director of an undergraduate research project on international responses to Greta Thunberg and the school strikes for climate movement.

Degerman, Peter
Mid Sweden University, Peter.Degerman(at)

Peter Degerman, is associate professor of Comparative Literature, and vice dean at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Mid Sweden University. He has carried out meta-theoretical studies of literary pedagogy and of the ecocritical aspects of modernist aesthetics. Between 2008 and 2010 he was the editor of the literary monthly, Provins, focusing on questions concerning art and environment. He is also a writer of prose and poetry, having received the Arnold Rörling Price for his 1993 novel Gränsfall. Among his publications within the field of environmental humanities are the monograph Tala för det gröna i lövet: Ekopoesi som estetetik och activism (2018) an the article “The Message of poetry or Poetry as Messenger: The Poetics of Sustainability in the Pedagogical Context” in Kleppe & Sorby Petry and Sustainability in Education (2022)

Egeler, Matthias
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, matthias.egeler(at)

Matthias Egeler is a Research Fellow and ‘Privatdozent’ at the Institute of Scandinavian Studies of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Between coming to Munich (which he is about to leave for Cork) and the completion of his DPhil (Celtic Studies, Oxford, 2009), he has held the Violett Campbell Research Fellowship at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, the Travelling Scholarship of the German Archaeological Institute, and the Sir John Rhŷs Studentship in Celtic Studies at Jesus College, Oxford.

Endreson, Thorunn Gullaksen
SUM – Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo,

Thorunn Gullaksen Endreson is currently working on a PhD on climate change in contemporary fiction. Recent publications include: “’Kli-fi’ på villspor: Klimakrisen i norsk samtidslitteratur”, in Norsk Litterær Årbok 2017. Samlaget 2017 (with Kristian Bjørkdahl and Karen Lykke Syse); “Lesningens uutholdelige letthet: John Eric Rileys Heimdal California” in Norsk Litterær Årbok 2015. Samlaget 2015; “The Essayistic Spirit of Utopia” in Karen Lykke Syse and Martin Lee Mueller (red.). Sustainable Consumption and the Good Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge 2015

Evans, Harriet Jean
University of York, harriet.evans(at)

Harriet gained her PhD from the University of York in January 2018, and has subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Humanities Research Centre (York), while working on her monograph.  Her PhD research, funded by the Wolfson Foundation, focussed on relationships between humans and domestic animals in Viking-age and medieval Iceland, daily practice of the farm, and the textual representations of this practice and these relationships. Her thesis was co-supervised by Dr Matthew Townend and Dr Steve Ashby. Harriet takes an interdisciplinary approach to her research and believes it is vital to consider how changing climate, relationships to the past, and identity negotiation play a significant role in past animal-human interactions.

Felcht, Frederike
Goethe University Frankfurt, felcht(at)

Frederike Felcht is a junior professor of Scandinavian Studies at the Institute for Scandinavian Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. Before taking up this post, she was a research fellow at the Institute of Northern Philology at LMU Munich. Her main research area is modern Scandinavian literature. She currently investigates representations of hunger in Scandinavian literature in relation to the history of hunger, focusing on biopolitics, changes in agricultural systems, and the relationship between political and economic concepts of hunger and its literary representation. Before coming to Munich, she taught cultural theory and history at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Scandinavian studies at the University of Greifswald, and international cultural studies and German studies at the University of Mannheim, where she received her PhD in 2011.

Fish, Cheryl J.

Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, City University of New York, USA, and Docent Lecturer, Dept. of World Cultures, University of Helsinki, Finland. Fulbright professor at University of Tampere, Finland (2007). Visiting Prof, CUNY Graduate Center, in Women’s Studies Certif. Program. Website: . Research interests: Sami film/Sami narrative and representations of sustainability, ethnicity, gender, and indigenous rights; Sami representations of mining in Sapmi; Sami film and photography engaged with environmental and social justice; comparative with Native American and Canadian First Nations’ film/photos; Indigenous resistance through writing, film and art to land/water/mining infractions on homelands; Environmental Justice ecocriticism in film,literature and built environments in ethnic American writing and film. Travel literature and subjectivity. Performance and environmental justice. I am also a fiction writer and poet who has written about Finland and Scandinavia.

Flinker, Jens Kramshøj
University of Copenhagen, rlx450(at)

Jens Kramshøj Flinker is a PhD Research Fellow at the Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics, University of Copenhagen. As a literary scholar, he has published articles on different aspects of literature and culture, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. His current research concerns the Nordic novel’s development and response to anthropogenic climate change – and how environmental narratives have an effect on feelings and the attitudes of readers. Most recently he has published the article “Postcolonial eco-realism – Anholt-trilogien and Den beste hausten er etter monsoon” (2020).  

Furuseth, Sissel
University of Oslo, sissel.furuseth(at)

Sissel Furuseth, Professor of Nordic Literature at the University of Oslo, is a member of the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities´ working group and the coordinator of the OSEH Collaboratory Critical Petroaesthetics. Among her most recent ecocritical publications are “The cultural memory of circumpolar survival” (in Exploring NORDIC COOL in Literary History, 2020), “Kristin Lavransdatter og svartedauden i miljøhistorisk perspektiv” (introduction to Bokselskap´s centennial edition of Sigrid Undset´s Kristin Lavransdatter, 2020), and “Climate change in literature, television and film from Norway” (co-written with Anne Gjelsvik, Reinhard Hennig, Julia Leyda, and Katie Ritson; Ecozon@ Vol. 11, 2020). Academic website:

Goga, Nina
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, ngo(at)

Professor in Children’s Literature at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. She is there head of the only Norwegian MA study in children’s literature and is currently leading the research project Nature in Children’s Literature and Culture (NaChiLitCul). For information and updates about the project, visit the research blog:

Guanio-Uluru, Lykke
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, hagl(at)

Lykke Guanio-Uluru ( is Associate Professor of Literature at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research focus is on literature and ethics, with an emphasis on ecocriticism, cli-fi, plant studies, fantasy, game studies and reading research. She is the author of Ethics and Form in Fantasy Literature: Tolkien, Rowling and Meyer (2015) published by Palgrave Macmillan and co-editor of the anthology Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues (2018), published by Palgrave Macmillan UK. Guanio-Uluru is part of the leadership team of the research group Nature in Children’s Literature (see, and was editor of the Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics from 2016-2017, where she is still on the editorial board.

Heith, Anne
Umeå University,

I am an Associate Professor and Lecturer in Comparative Literature at the Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University.  Currently I am working full time with a research project about place-making in Sámi and Tornedalian texts, using theoretical perspectives from geocriticism, ecocriticism and indigenous studies. The project is funded by The Swedish Science Foundation and Umeå School of Education. Website:

Hennig, Reinhard
University of Adger, reinhard.hennig(at)

Reinhard Hennig is professor of Nordic literature at the University of Agder, Norway. His book Umwelt-engagierte Literatur aus Island und Norwegen (Environmental Literature from Iceland and Norway, 2014) was the first ecocritical monograph on Norwegian and Icelandic contemporary literature. With Anna-Karin Jonasson and Peter Degerman, Hennig co-edited the anthology Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment. Ecocritical Approaches to Northern European Literatures and Cultures (2018). His research and other publications focus on environmental change in history and literature, the Anthropocene, contemporary literature from northern Europe, and Old Norse literature and culture. Website:

Hyttinen, Elsi
University of Turku, elshyt(at)

PhD, adjunct professor Elsi Hyttinen is a Senior Researcher in Finnish Literature at the University of Turku, Finland (as of 1.8.2019). Her research interests range from class, gender, and (proper) citizenship in early 20th century Finnish fiction to the ways contemporary drama is affected by and makes sense of the global environmental and semantic crisis known as the Anthropocene. Hyttinen was the initiator and organizer of Turku winter school of posthumanist literary studies (2014–18), and a member of the posthumanist research project Sotkuiset maailmat (‘Messy worlds’ 2015–18), led by Lea Rojola. She is currently co-editing an anthology on posthumanist and ecocritical studies of Finnish literature and arts.

Häbler, Camilla
Østfold University College, camilla.habler(at)

Camilla Häbler is Assistant Professor of Nordic literature at Østfold University College, Norway. Häbler’s reseach interests include Children’s and Young Adults’ Literature, didactics of literature and Sustainability and Education. Her research within ecocritical studies links studies of literature with the integration of sustainable development as a theme in the Norwegian curriculum. Häbler has contributed in the book Fortellinger om bærekraftig utvikling. Perspektiver for norskfaget (2021) edited by Associate Professor Marcus Axelsson and Associate Professor Barbro Bredesen Opset. Website:

Jonasson, Anna-Karin
Mid Sweden University, anna-karin.jonasson(at)

I am a lecturer in comparative literature at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSV), Mid Sweden University and I gained my Ph.D. at Åbo Akademi, Finland, in May 2022. In my thesis, The Border Chronotope and the Dissolution of the World of Form. A study of the Border Theme in Kerstin Ekman’s trilogy The Wolf Skin (1999-2003), I explore certain motifs, such as the skin and the water, which play important roles in the novels’ design
of maintenance, transcending and dissolution of boundaries. These boundary phenomena are derived from different contexts — cultural and geographical, as well as abstract and material — and in the novels they appear mainly as recurring patterns in the novels’ subtext. In my ongoing research I continue to examine the Border Chronotope in Swedish provincial literature from the late 19th and early 20th century. Academic website: Link

Koistinen, Aino-Kaisa
University of Jyväskylä, aino-kaisa.koistinen(at)

PhD Aino-Kaisa Koistinen is a Senior Researcher in Literature at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland (starting from 1 September 2016). Her research interests include media culture and popular culture (especially television), transmediality, science fiction, crime fiction, gender studies and feminist posthumanism. She defended her PhD thesis The Human Question in Science Fiction Television: (Re)Imagining Humanity in Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman and V in Contemporary Culture Studies at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, in 2015. She is the vice chair of The Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research (Finfar) and one of the editors-in-chief of Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research.

Koponen, Päivi
University of Turku, pjkopo(at)

Päivi Koponen, MA, is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at University of Turku, Finland. Her dissertation project examines the ways of using environmental ethics to teach reading literature with non-human co-agency. The theoretical framework of her article-based thesis will consist of a combination of ecocriticism, posthumanism, and new materialism researches.

Künzler, Sarah
University of Glasgow, sarah.kuenzler(at)

Sarah Künzler is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Celtic and Gaelic, University of Glasgow. She received her PhD from the Universität Zürich in 2015 and subsequently held a Swiss National Science Foundation Post-Doc Mobility scholarship at Trinity College, Dublin.  Her research interests cover both medieval Irish and Scandinavian literature and culture. With a background in cultural memory studies, Sarah is particularly interested in the interaction between landscapes/places and collective memory, and in how literature reflects an engagement with the local and global spaces.

Kvangraven, Endre Harvold
University of Stavanger, endre.h.kvangraven(at)

Endre Harvold Kvangraven is a PhD Candidate in Nordic Literature at the University of Stavanger. His project is focused on the relations between humans and birds in Norwegian fiction and creative non-fiction from the 2000s. He is associated with The Greenhouse, an Environmental Humanities initiative at the University of Stavanger, and with the Horizon 2020 project EnviroCitizen.

Linköping University lauren.e.lafauci(at)

Lauren LaFauci is assistant professor of environmental humanities in the Department of Thematic Studies at Linköping University in Sweden, where she also directs the “Multispecies Stories” research area of the Seed Box Environmental Humanities Collaboratory and serves as an international liaison for ASLE, the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment. She is part of the interdisciplinary team behind the citizen humanities website, Herbaria 3.0 (, which collects stories about the intertwined relationships between plants and people. Her research and teaching are wide-ranging, focusing on histories of racial formation, medicine, and the body; US literature, history, and culture from to 1900; Scandinavian cultural studies; and multispecies story-telling.

Lahtinen, Toni
University of Helsinki,

Toni Lahtinen, PhD, docent is senior lecturer at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His doctoral dissertation Maan höyryävässä sylissä. Luonto, ihminen ja yhteiskunta Timo K. Mukan tuotannossa (2013, In the Steaming Lap of the Land: Nature, Human and Society in the Works of Timo K. Mukka) dealt with ecocriticism and the metaphor of the land as a woman in representations of the Arctic wilderness. Lahtinen has published several ecocritical articles on Finnish literature and is also the co-editor of several publications, including the first Finnish ecocritical anthologies Äänekäs kevät. Ekokriittinen kirjallisuudentutkimus (2008, Audible Spring: Ecocritical Literary Studies), Takaisin luontoon. Ekokriittisiä esseitä kirjallisuudesta (2009, Back to Nature: Ecocritical Essays on Literature), Tapion tarhoilta turkistarhoille. Luonto suomalaisessa lasten- ja nuortenkirjallisuudessa (2011, From The Farms Of Tapio To Fur Farms: Nature in Finnish Children’s Literature) and Lintukodon rannoilta. Saarikertomukset suomalaisessa kirjallisuudessa (2017, Idyllic Shores: Island Narratives in Finnish Literature). He is currently engaged in his research project Environmental Risks, Dystopias and Myths in Contemporary Literature (Academy of Finland, 2017-2020).

Leppänen, Katarina
Gothenburg University, katarina.leppanen(at)

Katarina Leppänen is associate professor in intellectual history at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Her research focuses, among other things, on the connection of critique of civilization with ecological feminism in the works of Swedish feminist Elin Wägner.

Lethbridge, Emily
Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Research, Reykjavík, emily.lethbridge(at)

Emily Lethbridge is a research lecturer at the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Research and Head of the Department of Onomastics there. She has a PhD in Old Norse literature from the University of Cambridge and current projects include mapping saga texts and Icelandic travel diaries (see and exploring the role of landscape and place-names in the transmission of medieval Icelandic literature from medieval to modern times. She is also developing Nafnið.is, a project that will make the place-names archive held at Árnastofnun searchable and accessible to all. Information about her publications can be found here:

Meyer, Andy
University of Washington, meyera(at)

Andy Meyer is Assistant Teaching Professor of Norwegian in the Scandinavian Studies Department at the University of Washington, where he teaches primarily Norwegian language and courses on Arctic literatures. His teaching and research background are in American literature, with an emphasis on ecocriticism, poetry and poetics, literature of the North American West, and, more recently, Arctic studies. Much of his work is engaged in questions about the relationship between literary imagination and “wildness,” questions that have drawn him toward the American, Canadian, and Scandinavian North. For more info, see

Melkas, Kukku
University of Turku, kukmel(at)

Adjunct professor Kukku Melkas is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Turku, History, Culture and Art Studies. Her research interests range from class, gender and literary history to ecocriticism. She has documented early ecological thinking in 1920s’ and 1930s’ Nordic literature and published several ecocritical articles on Finnish literature.

Meurer-Bongardt, Judith
University of Bonn, judithmb(at)

Judith Meurer-Bongardt is a researcher and lecturer at the Unit for
Scandinavian Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. She received her PhD in 2011 at Åbo Akademi University in the field of Comparative Literature with a dissertation on utopian thinking in Finlandswedish modernist Hagar Olsson’s work. Currently, she is working on a study on recent utopian and dystopian literature from the North with the working title “Under Aggravated Conditions: Battle of the Sexes and Ecological Crisis in Recent Utopian/ Dystopian Literature from Northern Europe”.

Mohnike, Thomas
University of Strasbourg, tmohnike(at)

Bio and publications

Mortensen, Peter
Aarhus University, engpm(at)

Educated in Denmark (MA in English, Aarhus University) and the US (English PhD, The Johns Hopkins University), Peter Mortensen ( is currently associate professor in the Department of Culture and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark. He has published a book on Romanticism and numerous articles on different aspects of 19th and 20th-century literature and culture, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. His current research projects include an ecocritical study of Karen Blixen, a collection of essays (co-edited with Hannes Bergthaller) entitled Framing Nature: Explorations in the Environmental Humanities, and book about green lifestyle reformism in early 20th-century literature and culture.

Nygren, Anna
Åbo Akademi, anna.maria.nygren(at)

Anna Nygren is a PhD student in literature at Åbo Akademi and teaches literary composition at Gothenburg University. Her research includes horsebooks from a posthumanist perspective (published in LirJournal 2016 and Samlaren 2020), the intersection of neurodiversity and ecocriticism, and her article on animals in Monika Fagerholm’s Vem dödade bambi? is soon to be published. 

Opset, Barbro Bredesen
Østfold University College, barbro.b.opset(at)

Barbro Bredesen Opset is associate professor of Nordic literature at Østfold University College, Norway. Opset’s reseach interests include postnational identity, globalization and ecocosmopolitanism in literature. Her research within ecocritical studies links studies of literature with the integration of sustainable development as a theme in the Norwegian curriculum. Together with associate professor Marcus Axelsson, she has edited the book Fortellinger om bærekraftig utvikling. Perspektiver for norskfaget  (Stories of Sustainable Development; Scandinavian University Press, 2021). In this book, Opset focuses on Simon Stranger’s young adult novel Verdensredderne (‘Saviours of the World’) and shows how the novel contains elements suitable for engaging with the topic of sustainable development. Website:

Oscarson, Christopher (Chip)
Brigham Young University, christopher_oscarson(at)

Christopher (Chip) Oscarson is an associate professor of Scandinavian studies and interdisciplinary humanities at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, USA. His research interests include ecocriticism, ecomedia, and turn-of-the-twentieth century literary and visual cultures of the Nordic region. He has published on ecocritical readings of early Swedish cinema, the work of Selma Lagerlöf, toxic discourse in film and literature, and contemporary environmental fiction. He received his PhD from University of California, Berkeley in Scandinavian Languages and Literatures with a designated emphasis in film, is the past director of the Scandinavian Studies program at BYU, and is currently the coordinator for the university’s International Cinema Studies program.

Persson, Anna
Stockholm University, anna.persson(at)

Anna Persson is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University. In her PhD project she studies the Danish author Karen Blixen’s short stories, letters and political essays from ecocritical, new materialist and material feminist perspectives. Attention is afforded the connections between human and nonhuman animals and landscape with a particular focus on the materiality of the body. In June 2016 she published the article “Towards an Ecology of the Self: Landscape, Body and Identity in Karen Blixen’s Out of Africa” in European Journal of Scandinavian Studies.

Radomska, Marietta
Linköping University, marietta.radomska(at)

Marietta Radomska is the Co-Director of the Posthumanities Hub: , a transdisciplinary research platform that since 2008 has been invested in the development of feminist posthumanities and environmental humanities, and is based at KTH Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm and Linköping University, Sweden.

Raipola, Juha
Tampere University, juha.raipola(at)

Juha Raipola, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at Tampere University, Finland. His current research is focused on the intersections of material ecocriticism, posthumanism and dystopias in contemporary Finnish literature.

Ritson, Katie
Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, katie.ritson(at)

Katie Ritson studied German, Comparative Literature, and Nordic Philology at the University of Cambridge and at Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich. Her ecocritical book “The Shifting Sands of the North Sea Lowlands: Literary and Historical Imaginaries” was published with Routledge in 2019. She is based at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and is currently principal investigator in the DFG-AHRC project “Corridor Talk: Conservation Humanities and the Future of Europe’s National Parks;” her focus in this project is on the Wadden Sea area. She is interested in the literary representations of coasts, North Sea petrocultures, and on the intersections of gender studies and ecocriticsm.

Rosenbæk, Karl Emil
University of Southern Denmark, karlemil(at)

Karl Emil Rosenbæk is writing a PhD on contemporary Scandinavian petrofictions. In an effort to move the insights from the predominantly North American Petroculture-studies to Scandinavia, Karl Emil’s project wishes to detail how the contemporary Scandinavian literature deals with its ambiguous oil-relation. As such, it is a preliminary study of Scandinavian Petrofiction as a way to introduce a cultural component to the discussion of a post-fossil way of life. He is a member of the research group Antropocene Aesthetics (University of Southern Denmark) and Kritisk Petroestetik (Oslo University) and is likewise a recurring literary critic and essayist at the Norwegian paper BLA.

Rudels, Freja
Åbo Akademi University, frudels(a)

Freja Rudels will be receiving her phd in comparative literature at ÅAU in September 2016. Her doctoral thesis, ”I berättandets makt. Om tre romankroppar av Per Olov Enquist”, deals with the aesthetical and ethical implications of embodiment in Enquist’s narrating through posthumanist feminist, neo materialist and narratological perspectives. These theoretical perspectives are central also to her up-coming post-doctoral research, which will be focusing on the intersections between subjectivity, poetics and ethics in contemporary Swedish and Finland-Swedish novels.

Rugg, Linda Haverty
University of California, Berkeley, rugg(at)

I have been a faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1999, where I am a professor in the Scandinavian Department. My work on ecocriticism has focused on visual and material cultures, environment and identity formation, colonialism and indigeneity. I teach courses on ecology and culture in Scandinavia and ecocritical theory at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Rättyä, Kaisu
Tampere University, kaisu.rattya(at)

Rättyä is the current co-leader of the research group Subject Matter Didactics at the faculty and is in charge of the team for L1, L2 and literature education. She has been working as a university lecturer in language and literature education since 2009 in class teacher and subject teacher education programmes at the University of Helsinki, the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Tampere. Rättyä’s international networks include different research societies like Association for Research on Language and Literature Education (ARLE) and its special interest groups (SIG) EDULing and Research on Literature Education SIG.

In literary studies, Rättyä has analysed picture books and young adult literature, and her doctoral thesis in literature dealt with themes and narration in young adult novels. Her latest English article in the field of literature studies “Ecological Settings in Text and Picturesfocused on ecocriticism and was published in the book Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures ” (eds. Nina Goga et al). Her Finnish article ”Kohti ekokriittistä kirjallisuuskasvatusta” [Towards ecocritical literature education] was published year 2010 and since that she has written and taught of the theme.

Before her academic career, she was the director of the Finnish Institute of Children’s Literature (1999­–2009), which functioned as a national archive, library and research centre. Her responsibilities were to lead several projects on Finnish children’s literature, to organise projects promoting children’s literature and reading and to develop the publication series.

Salovaara, Harri
University of Vaasa, harri.salovaara(at)

Harri Salovaara, MA, is a grant researcher, teacher, and PhD student in English Studies at University of Vaasa, Finland. His dissertation project examines male mountain athletes and their relationships to the environment, and the theoretical framework of his article-based thesis will consist of a combination of ecocriticism and critical masculinities studies.

Skiveren, Tobias
Aarhus University, tobiasskiveren(at)

Ph.D.-fellow, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark. Literary critic at Jyllands-Posten and member of the editorial board of Passage – Journal for Literature and Criticism. Has written extensively on various topics within the field of Danish literary criticism, most notably in three Danish-language monographs co-written with Martin Gregersen: The open shack. Main Currents in the new Millennia’s Literature of Forfatterskolen (Aalborg University Press, 2013), Eske K. Mathiesen (Arena, 2015) and The material turn. On Nature, Technology, and Corporality in (contemporary) Danish literature (University Press of Southern Denmark, in press). Is currently working in the cross section between new materialism, affect theory, and literary theory.

Stokke, Ruth Seierstad
Oslo Metropolitan University, russ(at)

Ruth Seierstad Stokke is Associate Professor of Nordic Literature, Faculty of Education and International Studies at Oslo Metropolitan University. Her research interests are multicultural aspects of literature, ecocriticism and cognitive literary theory. Currently her focus is on indigenous literature in an ecocritical perspective and she is a member of the NTNU reseach group Indigenous topics in education. Her last article (2020) is an ecocritical analysis of a picturebook version of a Sami Stallo tale published in a special volume of the Nordic Journal of Childlit Aesthetics/BLFT edited by Nina Goga and Lykke Guanio-Uluru. She has published several articles on the use of picturebooks in classrooms and has co-edited Møter med barnelitteratur (Stokke & Tønnessen, 2018) and Samtalens didaktiske muligheter (Christensen & Stokke, 2015).

Wikström, Jenny Jarlsdotter
Umeå University, jenny.jarlsdotter.wikstrom(at)

Jenny Jarlsdotter Wikström is currently writing a PhD thesis in Literary Studies the department for Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University. She is a part of the Gender Studies Research School at Umeå University and the media-archeological network Sensorium. Her research interests touch upon material ecocriticism, feminist materialism, feminist philosophy, and science studies, as well as contemporary scandinavian literature.

Wærp, Henning Howlid
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, henning.waerp(at)

I am professor of Nordic Literature working mainly on Norwegian literature from 1800 up to contemporary. I wrote my dissertation on Norwegian nature poetry, published as the book Diktet natur (1997), and have later worked on Arctic literature and the novels of Knut Hamsun – from a eco critic viewpoint. Website:

Walther, Sabine H.
Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, swalther(at)

I am a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the University of Bonn. Between 2015 and 2017, I held a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship at the Arnamagæan Institute (Department of Nordic Research, University of Copenhagen).

I am a medievalist generally interested in Old Norse literature, manuscript culture, cultural transfer to Scandinavia during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period, medieval narratology, and memory studies. Several of my recent projects are linked to ecocriticism. I am interested in medieval theories of a correlation between man and nature (already in my dissertation), anthropogonies and the natural world, Classical and Byzantine perspectives on the nature worship of Germanic peoples. I am also organizing a session for the International Medieval Congress 2021: Climates (5-8 July, Leeds, UK) with the topic “Environmental Determinism, Medieval Scandinavia and Beyond.”

Weiss, Dana
Technical University of Munich, dana.weiss(at)

Dana Weiss is a coordinator for scientific documentation at the Technical University of Munich. Earlier, she worked and was trained as a journalistic editor in a scientific publishing house. She held a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, completed her PhD in natural sciences and graduated in biology. A sustained interest in the Nordic marine environment as well as in Nordic literatures instigated her to learn the Icelandic, Norwegian and Danish language.

Zampaki, Nikoleta
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, nikzamp(at)

Dr. Nikoleta Zampaki is Post-doc Researcher at the Faculty of Philology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece. She was Instructor at the Utah University in the U.S.A. Her disciplines are Environmental Humanities, Posthumanities, Digital Humanities, and Comparative Literature. She is editor and reviewer at many journals overseas, Associate and Managing Editor at the Journal of Ecohumanism, and current member of Education Team of NASA, V.I.N.E.-Glenn Research Center. She has also participated in many conferences and she is a multilingual student by working on English, French, Romanian, Russian, Chinese, Hungarian, Maori, and Turkish. She is also co-editor with Professor Peggy Karpouzou of the book series “Posthumanities and Citizenship Futures” at Rowman & Littlefield, and “Environmental Humanities” at TPLondon based in the U.K.

Zavatti, Francesco
Södertörn University | Roma Tre University, francesco.zavatti(at)

Post-doctoral researcher at Södertörn University, Sweden, and lecturer at Roma Tre University, Italy. He is a Ph.D. in History with research interests ranging from transnational history to history of visual cultures in East European and Scandinavian contemporary history.