Network members

Ahlbäck, Pia Maria
Åbo Akademi University, pahlback(at)abo.fi

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.

Selected publications:

  • Ahlbäck, Pia Maria: ”Qualities of Light. Interfacing Ligtscapes in Eino Leino, Hella Wuolijoki and Arvid Mörne”. In Press. The Comparative History of Nordic Literature, vol. 2 ”Place”, Sandberg, Mark and Stephen Sondrup (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Ahlbäck, Pia Maria: ”Väderkontraktet. Miljörättvisa, plats och eskatologi i Astrid Lindgrens ungdomsroman Vi på Saltkråkan (1962)”, Barnboken. Journal of Children’s Literature Research, 2, 2010, 5-17.
  • Ahlbäck, Pia Maria: Energy, Heterotopia, Dystopia. George Orwell, Michel Foucault and the Twentieth Century Environmental Imagination. (Diss.) Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press, 2001. 279 pages.
  • Ahlbäck, Pia Maria: ”The Road to Industrial Heterotopia. Landscape, Technology and George Orwell’s Travelogue The Road to Wigan Pier”. In Nye, David E. (ed.) Technologies of Landscape: From Reaping to Recycling. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 254-267.

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: www.luisrochaantunes.com

Research Interests: 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. I believe in a new vision and understanding of cinema’s ontology based on an expansion of our awareness of cinematic creation beyond the traditional conception of film in its strict medium consideration. Film, as I see it, is not just a medium but a multisensory experience constructed by spectators themselves in dialogue with the stylistic elements of film.

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.

Norwegian and Scandinavian Cinema; Arctic Cinema; Portuguese Cinema; Adaptation Studies; Experiential Aesthetics; Perceptual Segmentation; Thematic Segmentation; the Video-Essay Form; Ecocinema; Neuroaesthetics; Neuroscience; Landscape as a Perceptual Experience; Multisensory Film Experience; Multisensory Research; Thermoception in Film; Nociception in Film; the Vestibular in Film; Independent Cinema; World Cinema; American Cinema; European Cinema; Film Adaptation; Classical Hollywood Cinema; Auteur Cinema; Film Theory; Film History; Film Genre; Neuroaesthetics; Film Aesthetics; Film-Philosophy; Terrence Malick; Slow Cinema; Neurocinematics; Early Film Theory; Digital Humanities; Danish Cinema; Cognitive Film Theory; Philosophy of Art; General Philosophy; Affect

Selected publications:

  • Antunes, Luis. The Multisensory Film Experience: A Cognitive Model of Experiential Film Aesthetics. Intellect Books/The Chicago University Press. 2016
    Antunes, Luis. “Originality, Experientiality and Experientism: Moving Beyond Post-Modernism”. The International Journal of The Image. Common Ground Publishing. 2016
  • Antunes, Luis. “Thermoception in the Arctic Film: Knut Erik Jensen’s ‘Aesthetics of cold'”. The Cine-Files. 2016
  • Antunes, Luis. “Identity as a Walking Experience: Multisensory and Experiential Metaphor in Film”. In Embodied Metaphors in Film, Television, and Video Games: Cognitive Approaches, Kathrin Fahlenbrach (ed.). Routledge. 2016
  • Antunes, Luis. “Norwegian Arctic Cinema: ecology, temperature and the aesthetics of cold”. In Mapping Cinematic Norths: International Interpretations in Film and Television, Julia Dobson and Jonathan Rayner (eds.). Peter Lang. 2016
  • Antunes, Luis. “Adapting with the Senses: Wuthering Heights as a Perceptual Experience”. The Victorian. 2015
  • Antunes, Luis. “Neural Correlates of the Multisensory Film Experience”. In Neuroscience and Media: New Understandings and Representations, Michael Grabowski. Routledge, 2014
  • Antunes, Luis. “The Malick Illusion: Perceptual segmentation in The Thin Red Line”. Film International. 2014
  • Antunes, Luis. “The Mountain: On Ole Giæver’s “Fjellet/The Mountain”. Cinema Scandinavia. 2014
  • Antunes, Luis. “Thematic segmentation and acting style in Journey to the Christmas Star”. Edited by Mark Connelly And Tarja Laine. Journal of Scandinavian Cinema. Intellect. 2013
  • Antunes, Luis. “The Vestibular in Film: Gus Van Sant’s “The Cinema of Walking”. Aesthetics and the Senses, edited by Cynthia Freeland. Essays in Philosophy. Pacific University Libraries. 2012

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

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 http://environment.hum.gu.se/)

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.

Selected publications:

  • Brudin Borg, Camilla och Ullström, Margaretha, Margaretha, ”The Child in the Woods: Performing the Child in 20th Century Swedish Picture Books” (forthcoming, LIR Journal)
  • Brudin Borg, Camilla, ”Förgöra eller förstå. Det främmande i Miyazakis anime Nausikaä från Vindarnas dal” [To destroy or understand: The strange in Miyazaki’s anime Nausikaä of the Valley of the Wind], (Forthcoming Studentlitteratur)

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

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: https://marcuscederstrom.wordpress.com/

Selected publications:

  • 2017 “En radikal rebellflicka: Den svenskamerikanska arbetarrörelsen och kristendomen i Signe Aurells noveller.” Forthcoming in Personhistorisk Tidskrift.
  • 2017 “Sustainable Power: Decolonising Sustainability Through Anishinaabe Epistemologies and Public Humanities Programming.” With Tim Frandy. Forthcoming in Going Beyond: Perceptions of Sustainability in Heritage Studies.
  • 2016 “Heritage Repatriation and Educational Sovereignty at an Ojibwe Public School.” With Thomas A. DuBois, Tim Frandy, and Colin Connors. Journal of Folklore and Education 3: 31–41.
  • 2016 “Don’t Mourn, Educate: Signe Aurell and the Swedish-American Labor Press.” Swedish American Historical Quarterly 67.2: 71–89.
  • 2014 “Swedish Space in Upper Midwestern Churches.” American Studies in Scandinavia 44.1: 29–47.
  • 2012 “Folkloristic Koinés and the Emergence of Swedish-American Ethnicity.” ARV: Nordic Yearbook of Folklore 68: 121–150.

Coughlin, Jenna
University of California, Berkeley, jcoughlin(at)berkeley.edu

I received my PhD in Scandinavian from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2017 with a dissertation titled “Conceptions of Nature in Nynorsk Poetry: Local Language and Situated Nature Knowledge in Ivar Aasen, Olav Nygard, and Aslaug Vaa.” Having received my BA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, my research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the intersection of language, literature, and cultural practice, especially at moments of significant environmental and social change. My research on poetry focuses on how poets use poetic form and vernacular language to navigate these changes. I have two publications forthcoming on the poetry of Inger Elisabeth Hansen in relationship to global migration and climate change, and I have also published on postcolonialism in the work of Thor Heyerdahl. I have taught Norwegian language at Berkeley, as well as courses on place, immigration, travel narratives, and nature in Scandinavian literature and culture. My next research project is an investigation of how the impact of environmental change on language and representation has been explored in the Nordic context from the mid-19th century to the present. I plan to compare projects that attempt to archive disappearing language and nature to those that take a more adaptive approach, in an attempt to understand the different attitudes these represent and their viability as political projects. I would also like to begin work this spring (2018) on an index of Scandinavian ecocriticism and am interested in connecting with other scholars who would like to collaborate on this project.


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

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.

Selected publications:

  • Avalon, 66° Nord. Zu Frühgeschichte und Rezeption eines Mythos. (=Ergänzungsbände zum Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde 95), Berlin – Boston: de Gruyter 2015. [x, 590 pp.]
  • Ed.: Germanische Kultorte. Vergleichende, historische und rezeptionsgeschichtliche Zugänge. (=Münchner Nordistische Studien 24), München: Utz 2016.
  • Ed.: W.G. Collingwood & Jón Stefánsson: A Pilgrimage to the Saga-Steads of Iceland. Facsimile edition, [London]: Viking Society for Northern Research – University College London 2015. (Originally published Ulverston: W. Holmes 1899.)
  • “Reading Sacred Places: Geocriticism, the Icelandic Book of Settlements, and the History of Religions,” in: Philology 1 (2015), pp. 67-89.

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

Harriet is a PhD candidate at the University of York funded by the Wolfson Foundation. Her PhD research focusses 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 is co-supervised by Dr Matthew Townend and Dr Steve Ashby. Harriet attempts to take an interdisciplinary approach (archaeology and textual studies) and believes it is vital to consider how changing climate, relationships to the past, and identity negotiation play a large role in past animal-human interactions. She has previously published on her MA research on horses in Old Norse-Icelandic literature: “The Horse and his Hero in Old Norse Literature: A symbiotic relationship in the heroic poetry of the Poetic Edda,” in Broome, Agnes, Pei-Sze Chow, and Nichola Smalley (eds.) Illuminating the North: Proceedings from the Nordic Research Network Conference 2013, London: Norvik Press (2014). Harriet is currently engaged in exploring archaeologies of inhabitation, taking a holistic ecocritical approach to Viking-age and medieval farm sites in Iceland.


Felcht, Frederike
Goethe University Frankfurt, felcht(at)em.uni-frankfurt.de

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.

Selected publications:


Fish, Cheryl J.
tribecagal312(at)gmail.com

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: cheryljfish.com

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.

Selected publications:
Scholarly Essays

  • “Lost and Found: Liselotte Wajstedt’s ‘The Lost One’,” forthcoming from Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden. Book publication based on Exhibition of Eight Sami Artists.
  • “Sami Film, Identity, and the Circumpolar North,” Forthcoming in Critical Norths: Space, Nature,Theory. Eds. Kevin Maier and Sarah Jaquette Ray. University of Alaska Press.
  • “Surveillance and the Self: Sami Filmmakers Explore National, Environmental and Personal Sovereignty,” in Rivers to Cross: Sami Land Use and the Human Dimension. Eds. Peter Sköld & Krister Stoor. Umeå, Sweden: Umeå University Press, 2013.
  • “Editing Sophia Peabody’s Cuba Journal: Travel, Editing, Recovery.” (Written with Jana Argersinger). Documentary Editing 31, Winter/Spring 2011: 68-78.
    “Place, Emotion and Environmental Justice in Harlem: June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller’s 1965 ‘Architextural’ collaboration,” special issue on Race, Environment and Representation Discourse, Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture. 29.2&3. 2009 Wayne State University Press: 330-345.
  • “The Toxic Body Politic: Ethnicity, Gender and Corrective Ecojustice in Ruth Ozeki’s and Daniel B. Gold’s My Year of Meats and Judith Helfand’s Blue Vinyl.”Special Issue of MELUS on Ethnicity and Ecocriticism. Edited by Scott Slovic and Joni Adamson. Vol. 34, Number 2. Summer 2009: 43-62. (Winner of 2009 Florence Howe Award for best essay in English, Women’s Caucus of the MLA).
  • “Environmental Justice in Literature and Film” in Approaches to Teaching North American Environmental iteratures. Eds Laird Christensen et al. New York: Modern Language Association, 2008: 294-305.
  • “Ecocritical Terror”: U.S. Direct Action Fiction and Film in the Name of Ecodefense,” (trans. into Finnish) In Noisy Spring: Ecocritical Literary Studies, eds Toni Lahtinen and Markku Lehtimaki. Helsinki: The Society of Finnish Literature, 2008.

Scholarly Books

  • Black and White Women’s Travel Narratives: Antebellum Explorations.University Press of Florida, 2004.
  • A Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing, co-editor Farah Griffin. Boston: Beacon Press, 1999.

Furuseth, Sissel
University of Oslo, sissel.furuseth (at) iln.uio.no

Dr. Art. Sissel Furuseth is currently working as Associate Professor of Nordic Literature at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies at the University of Oslo. In 2011-2015 she held a position as Professor of Scandinavian Literature at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. She was head of the inter-university research project The History of Literary Critical Response in Norway, 1870-2000: Value-Judgments and Mediation (funded by the Research Council of Norway, 2009-2015), and has written several publications on Modernism, versification, post-war poetry, little magazines, and the cultural history of literary criticism and book reviewing. Ecocriticism is a relatively new field of interest. She has published an article on “the poet of the forests”, Hans Børli (Furuseth 2014), and taught courses on eco-critical Scandinavian literature (i.e., Hamsun, Nygårdshaug, Christensen, Ekman, Rimbereid, Lirhus, Stueland). Furuseth is also blogging on environmental issues at https://sisselfuru.wordpress.com/.

Selected publications:

  • «’Det uferdiges kraft’ som litterær verdi hos Knut Hamsun og Karl Ove Knausgård», Nordlit Vol. 38 (April 2016), pp. 175-181.
  • «Profil 1966–1969: Triumph and Crisis of the Collective». In: A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975, Tania Ørum & Jesper Olsson (eds.), Brill Rodopi 2016, pp. 217-224.
  • «The literary magazine and the making of a writer: Gunnhild Øyehaug in the space of possibles». In: Literature in Contemporary Media Culture. Technology – Subjectivity – Aesthetics, Sarah J. Paulson & Anders Skare Malvik (eds.), John Benjamins 2016, pp.149-170.
  • «Hos alt som ikke har navn. Hans Børlis lyrikk i et økokritisk perspektiv». In: Fra Wergeland til Knausgård, Hans Kristian Rustad & Henning Howlid Wærp (eds.), Akademika 2014, pp. 149-162.
  • «The poem as a site of inherited structures and artistic innovation» [on Henrik Wergeland & Olav H. Hauge]. In: Versatility in Versification: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Metrics, Tonya Kim Dewey and Frog, eds., Peter Lang, in the Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics series, Vol. 74, 2009, pp. 183-205.
  • «To Take Possession of a Poet: Gunvor Hofmo and her Biographer». In: Gender – Power – Text: Nordic Culture in the Twentieth Century, Helena Forsås-Scott (ed.), Norvik Press 2004, pp. 201-216.

Goga, Nina
Bergen University College, nina.goga(at)hib.no

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: https://blogg.hvl.no/nachilit/.

Selected publications:

  • Goga, N., Guanio-Uluru, L., Hallås, B. O. & Nyrnes, A. (eds.)  (2018). Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Goga, N. (2018). Children’s Literature as Exercise in Ecological Thinking. In N. Goga, L. Guanio-Uluru, B. O. Hallås & A. Nyrnes (eds.), Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues (pp. 57-71). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Goga, N. (2018). Bærekraftig litteraturundervisning. In R. S. Stokke & E. S. Tønnesen (eds.), Barnelitteratur: Introduksjon for lærerstudenter (pp. 353-369). Oslo: Universitetsforlaget.
  • Goga, N. (2017). A feeling of nature in contemporary Norwegian picturebooks. Encyclopaideia. Vol 21 (49), 81-97.
  • Goga, N. (2017). I begynnelsen var treet. Økokritisk lesning av omformingen fra et stykke tre til gutt i Carlo Collodis Le avventure di Pinocchio. Storia di un burattino (1883). Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics, Vol. 8.

Guanio-Uluru, Lykke
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, hagl(at)hvl.no

Lykke Guanio-Uluru (hagl@hvl.no) 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 http://blogg.hib.no/nachilit), and was editor of the Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics from 2016-2017, where she is still on the editorial board.

Recent publications:

  • Guanio-Uluru, L (2018), Plant-Human Hybridity in the Story World of Kubbe. In: Ecocritical Perspectives on Children’s Texts and Cultures: Nordic Dialogues. Eds. Goga, N., L. Guanio-Uluru, B. O. Hallås and A. Nyrnes. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Guanio-Uluru, L. (2017). Katniss Everdeen’s Posthuman Identity in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games Series: Free as a Mockingjay. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 9(1).

Hennig, Reinhard
University of Adger, reinhard.hennig(at)uia.no

Reinhard Hennig is an associate professor of Nordic literature at the University of Agder, Norway. He holds a PhD in Scandinavian studies from the University of Bonn, Germany, and is cofounder and coordinator of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN). 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.

Selected publications:

  • Hennig, Reinhard: “Knowing the Right Thing, but Not Doing It. Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde in the Anthropocene.” NORDEUROPAforum. Journal for the Study of Culture 2018, pp. 16-43.
  • Hennig, Reinhard: “Climate Change Denial in Literary Fiction. Gert Nygårdshaug’s ‘Eco-Thriller’ Chimera.” REAL – Yearbook of Research in English and American Literature 33 (2017). Special Issue: Meteorologies of Modernity – Weather and Climate Discourses in the Anthropocene. Eds. Sarah Fekadu, Hanna Straß-Senol and Tobias Döring, pp. 191-215.
  • Hennig, Reinhard: “‘It is Immoral to Be a Pessimist’. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Norwegian Literary Fiction”. Tvergastein. Interdisciplinary Journal of the Environment 3 (2013), pp. 44-50.
  • Hennig, Reinhard: “A Saga for Dinner: Landscape and Nationality in Icelandic Literature.” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 2, no.1, pp. 61-72.

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

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.

Koistinen is also one of the organizers of The Monster Network (https://promisesofmonsters.wordpress.com) focusing on promoting studies on monsters or the monstrous and an affiliate member of the Posthumanities Hub (University of Linköping, Sweden, https://www.tema.liu.se/tema-g/Posthuman/posthumanities-hub?l=en). She has been published, for example, in the peer-reviewed journals NORA—Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research and Science Fiction Film and Television.

Publications: http://jyu.academia.edu/AinoKaisaKoistinen


Lahtinen, Toni
University of Tampere, toni.lahtinen(at)uta.fi

Toni Lahtinen, PhD, docent is postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tampere, 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)lir.gu.se

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.

Selected publications:

Books

  • Rethinking Civilisation in a European Feminist Context: History, Nature, Women in Elin Wägner’s Väckarklocka, Göteborg, Acta 2005, s. 261. ISBN 91-7346-530-5. Also published as Elin Wägner’s Alarm Clock: Ecofeminist Theory in the Interwar Era, Lanham, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2007, s. 243. ISBN-13 978-0-7391-2003-3.

Articles

  • Katarina Leppänen & Therese Svensson, ”Förundran och förbrödring: Om naturupplevelser hos Hagar Olsson och Elin Wägner lästa i vithets- och ekokritisk belysning”, Tidskrift för genusvetenskap 36:1, 2016.
  • “Från miljöhistoria till miljöhumaniora”, Samtider, Södertörns högskola, redaktörer Anders Burman och Lena Lennerhed, 2016, forthcoming 2016
  • “En Paz Con La Tierra”, Mujeres Y Ecología: Historia, Pensamiento, Sociedad, cords. María Luisa Cavana, Alicia H. Puelo, Cristina Segura. A.C. Al-Mudayna, Madrid 2004, s. 109-118. ISBN 84-87090-31-1.
  • “At Peace with Earth: Connecting Ecological Destruction and Patriarchal Civilisation”, Journal of Gender Studies, 13:1, 2004, s. 37-47. DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2004.10599913.
  • ”Är civilisationen onaturlig? Några reflektioner kring Elin Wägners och Rosa Mayreders civilisationskritik”, Kvinnorna skall göra det! Den kvinnliga medborgarskola på Fogelstad – som idé, text, och historia, red. Ebba Witt-Brattström och Lena Lennerhed, Södertörns högskola, Samtidshistoriska institutet 2003, s. 9-21. ISSN 91-89615-05-0.
  • “Utopiska inslag i Väckarklocka”, Om utopier, red. Johan Kärfelt och Sven-Eric Liedman. Göteborg, Arachne 2002, s. 9-112. ISBN 91-973298-7.
  • ”Elin Wägner: Om historia, könspsykologi och ekologi”, Om samtal: En nordisk antologi, red. Ulla Holm, Alingsås, Ad Tendere 2002, s. 193-210. ISBN 91-6312-747-4.
    “Ekofeminism: Nya perspektiv på förhållandet människa/natur/teknologi”, Frånteknik till etik, red. Ea Maria Blomqvist. Åbo, Åbo Akademi förlag 2001, s. 75-82. ISBN 951-765-079-5.
  • “Ekofeminismin mahdollisuudet feministisenä kritiikkinä”, Naistutkimus/Kvinnoforskning, 4, 1998, s. 37-42. ISSN 0784-3844.

Meurer-Bongardt, Judith
University of Bonn, judithmb(at)uni-bonn.de

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. In her dissertation, she has analyzed the role of utopian thinking in Finlandswedish modernism, with particular focus on the works of Hagar Olsson. Meurer-Bongardt is also a translator and a guest lecturer at the University of Cologne. Currently, she is working on a study on recent utopian and dystopian literature from the North – texts which often also demonstrate political engagement by focusing on economic, ecological and gender aspects. The study is particularly concerned with the relation of humanism and nature under the influence of climate change.

Selected publications:

  • Meurer-Bongardt, Judith: Wo Atlantis am Horizont leuchtet oder eine Reise zum Mittelpunkt des Menschen. Utopisches Denken in den Schriften Hagar Olssons, [Diss.] Åbo: Åbo Akademi University Press, 2011. 516 pages.
  • Meurer-Bongardt, Judith: “Ernst Bloch: Ein marxistischer Humanist”, Bloch-Almanach 32/2013, 133-147.
  • Meurer-Bongardt, Judith: ”’Dagern låg som en skimrande yta av djupblått glas över gator och husfasader.’” Intermedialitet, heterotopi och utopi i Hagar Olssons roman På Kanaanexpressen (1929)“, Joutsen / Svanen 2015, 12-33.

Mohnike, Thomas
University of Strasbourg, tmohnike(at)unistra.fr

Bio and publications


Mortensen, Peter
Aarhus University, engpm(at)cc.au.dk

Educated in Denmark (MA in English, Aarhus University) and the US (English PhD, The Johns Hopkins University), Peter Mortensen (engpm@cc.au.dk) 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.

Selected publications

  • “‘The Grass Was Me . . . the Distant Invisible Mountains Were Me, the Tired Oxen Were Me’: Greening Karen Blixen.” Scandinavian Studies, vol. 88, no. 3, 2016, pp. 225–245. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/scanstud.88.3.0225.
  • “The Romance of Reinhabitation: Jack London and Knut Hamsun.” Spaces in-Between: Cultural and Political Perspectives on Environmental Discourse. Ed. Mark Lucarelli and Sigurd Bergmann. Leiden: Brill, 2015. 38-50.
  • “Natur.” Litteratur – Introduktion til teori og analyse. Ed. Lasse H. Kjældgaard, Lis Møller, Dan Ringgaard, Lilian Munk Rösing, Peter Simonsen and Mads R. Thomsen. Aarhus: Aarhus Univerity Press, 2012. 279-289.
  • “’Green by this Time Tomorrow!’: Knut Hamsun’s Alternative Modernity.” Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 33 no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-27. Project MUSE, muse.jhu.edu/article/369186

Oscarson, Christopher (Chip)
Brigham Young University, christopher_oscarson(at)byu.edu

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.

Selected publications:

  • “Toxic Places: Chernobyl and a Sense of Place in Nordic Literature” in Nordic Literature: A Comparative History. Vol 1. Editors Dan Ringgaard and Tom DuBois. Amsterdam: Benjamins. 2016.
  • “’Ingmarssönerna’ and Cinema’s Thick Materiality” in Re-Mapping Lagerlöf: Performance, Intermediality, and European Transmission. Lund: Nordic Academic Press, May 2014.
  • “Terje Vigen, Naturbilder, and the Natural History of Film in Sweden,” Journal of Scandinavian Cinema 3.1 (Spring 2013): 69-86.
  • “Where the Ground Answers the Foot: Kerstin Ekman, Ecology, and the Sense of Place in a Globalized World.” Ecozona: European Journal of Literature, Culture, and Environment, 1.2 (2010): 8-21.
  • “Nils Holgersson, Empty Maps, and the Entangled Bird’s-Eye View of Sweden.” Edda, 96.2 (2009): 99-117.

Persson, Anna
Stockholm University, anna.persson(at)littvet.su.se

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.


Raipola, Juha
University of Tampere, juha.raipola(at)uta.fi

Juha Raipola, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tampere, Finland. His doctoral thesis Ihmisen rajoilla: Epävarma tulevaisuus ja ei-inhimilliset toimijuudet Leena Krohnin Pereat munduksessa (2015) applied the theories of material ecocriticism to Finnish speculative fiction, examining the relationship between non-human agency, uncertainty and literary narrative in the works of Leena Krohn. His current research is focused on the intersections of material ecocriticism, posthumanism and dystopias in contemporary Finnish literature.

Selected publications:

  • Raipola, Juha: Ihmisen rajoilla: Epävarma tulevaisuus ja ei-inhimilliset toimijuudet Leena Krohnin Pereat munduksessa. (Diss.) Acta Electronica Universitatis Tamperensis 1548. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-44-9805-3. Tampere: Tampere University Press, 2015.

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

Katie Ritson studied German, Comparative Literature, and Nordic Philology at the University of Cambridge and Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich, receiving her PhD in 2016 with a dissertation entitled “Shifting Sands: The North Sea Lowlands in the Literary Imagination of the Anthropocene.” She works at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. She is interested in littoral landscapes, literary figurations of the Anthropocene, and ecofeminism.

Selected publications:

  • (Co-edited with Frederike Felcht:) “The Imagination of Limits: Exploring Scarcity and Abundance,” RCC Perspectives 2015, no. 2, online at: http://www.environmentandsociety.org/perspectives/2015/2/imagination-limits-exploring-scarcity-and-abundance
  • (Book Review) “Ökologisch motivierte Kulturkritik aus Skandinavien. (Rezension über: Reinhard Hennig: Umwelt-engagierte Literatur aus Island und Norwegen. Ein interdisziplinärer Beitrag zu den »environmental humanities«. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang 2014.) In: IASLonline [11.11.2015] URL: <http://www.iaslonline.de/index.php?vorgang_id=3890>
  • “Engineering the Anthropocene: Technology, Ambition, and Enlightenment in Theodor Storm’s Der Schimmelreiter.” In Sabine Wilke (ed.): Readings in the Anthropocene: The Environmental Humanities, German Studies, and Beyond. New York: Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2017.

Rudels, Freja
Åbo Akademi University, frudels(a)abo.fi

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.

Selected publications:

  • Rudels, Freja: I berättandets makt. Om tre romankroppar av Per Olov Enquist [diss], Åbom Akademis förlag, Åbo, 2016.
  • “Monstrous Subjectivity in P. O. Enquist’s Nedstörtad ängel 1985”, Scandinavian Studies vol. 86, nr 3 2014, p. 308-332.

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

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.

Selected publications:

  • Guest co-editor, special issue of Journal of Scandinavian Cinema, “Ecocritical Approaches to Scandinavian Visual Media,” to appear 2018.
  • Co-author; Nye, David (chair), Emmett, Robert, Fleming, James, Rugg, Linda Haverty, The Emergence of the Environmental Humanities: A Background Paper (Stockholm: MISTRA/The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research) 2013. http://www.mistra.org/download/18.7331038f13e40191ba5a23/Mistra_Environmental_Humanities_May2013.pdf
  • “Painting Faces: A Swedish Portraitist and his Native American Subjects in 18th-century North America,” Inscribed Identities: Writing as Self-Realization, Stanford University Press, forthcoming 2018.
  • “Strindberg’s Modern Ecological Subject: ‘Swedish Nature’ Viewed from a Train” in Spaces in-between: Cultural and Political Perspectives on Environmental Discourse. Leiden: Brill/Rodopi, 2015, 27-37.
  • “Standing at the Bourne of the Modern: Strindberg’s Ecological Subject in By the Open Sea and his Archipelago Paintings,” in The International Strindberg: Essays in Commemoration of the Centennial of August Strindberg’s Death, ed. Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2012, 89-105.
  • “Naturens öga”. Det ekofeministiska subjektet i Katarina Frostensons ”Jungfrun skär; ljudkällan (variation)” [”’Nature’s Eye’: The Ecofeminist Subject in Katarina Frostenson’s ’Jungfrun skär; ljudkällan (variation),” original in Swedish], Festskrift till Lisbeth Larsson (Gothenburg: Gothenburg University Press), 2014, 106-118.
  • “The Revenge of the Rats: The Cartesian Body in Kerstin Ekman’s Rövarna i Skuleskogen” Scandinavian Studies 70 (Winter 1998): 425-436.

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

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.

Publications: https://uwasa.academia.edu/HarriSalovaara


Skiveren, Tobias
Aarhus University, tobiasskiveren(at)cc.au.dk

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.

Selected publications:

  • Skiveren, Tobias and Martin Gregersen: Den materielle drejning. Om natur, teknologi og krop i (nyere) dansk litteratur, Odense 2016, University Press of Southern Denmark.
  • Skiveren, Tobias and Martin Gregersen: ”Den materielle drejning. En (ny) optik i og på aktuel dansk litteratur”, i Peter Stein Larsen og Louise Mønster: Dansk samtidslyrik, Aalborg 2015, Aalborg University Press (Link).
  • Skiveren, Tobias og Martin Gregersen: ”Eske, naturligvis! Om økopoesi og naturerotik i Eske K. Mathiesens økoerotiske lyrik”, i Passage, nr. 70, 2013 (Link).
  • Skiveren, Tobias og Martin Gregersen: ”Spørgsmålet om teknikken og naturen. Et økokritisk blik på nyere filmiske naturkatastrofebilleder”, i Spring, 38, 2015 (Link).

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

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.

Selected publications:

  • ”Fallet Vattenfall. Ekokritiska perspektiv på styrdokument”, Ekokritiska perspektiv, Makadam förlag, to be published in December 2016
  • “Självporträtt. Ett Edith-jag i fotografier”, Edith Södergrans subjekt, Makadam förlag, to be published in December 2016
  • ”Get Dirty. Introduktion till Myra J. Hird”, Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap nr 36–37 2016, s. 91–94
  • ”Kåta växter. Botaniskt begär, naturfilm och blomsterdikt”, Sensorium Journal nr 1 2016, s. 61–80
  • ”Den groteska flickkroppen i Alice i Underlandet”, Flicktion. Perspektiv på flickan i fiktionen, eds. Mia Österlund, Bodil Formark, Eva Söderberg, Universus Academic Press, 2014
  • Fotografiet bleknar, hon försvinner. Materia, begär och Gilles Deleuzes litteraturfilosofi i Henry Parlands Sönder, (MA thesis), Åbo Akademis humanistiska fakultets publikationer, Åbo Akademi, 2013

Wærp, Henning Howlid
UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, henning.waerp(at)uit.no

website: https://uit.no/om/enhet/ansatte/person?p_document_id=41495&p_dimension_id=210121

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.

Selected publications:

  • “Possibilities in the Wilderness: Knut Hamsun’s Growth of the Soil–An Ecocritical Approach”, in: Knut Hamsun: transgression and wording, ed. by Ståle Dingstad, Tapir 2011.
  • “Knut Faldbakkens Uår. Aftenlandet (1974). En (skitten-)grønn lesning av livet på søppelfyllingen”, in: Norsk litterær årbok 2013.
  • “Den arktiske pastoralen. – Fridtjof Nansen, Knud Rasmussen, Helge Ingstad”, in: Norsk litterær årbok 2012.
  • “Mordet som ble avlyst på grunn av en naturopplevelse. Om Anne B. Ragdes Zona Frigida (1995)”, in: Fra Wergeland til Knausgård. Lesninger i nordisk litteratur, ed. by Henning H Wærp and Hans Kristian Rustad), Akademisk forlag 2014.