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.


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 .
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.


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).
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)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/


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.


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

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)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.


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.


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/.


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/.


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.


Heith, Anne
Umeå University,  anne.heith@umu.se

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:
https://www.umu.se/personal/anne-heith/


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

Reinhard Hennig is associate 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: www.reinhardhennig.net


Hyttinen, Elsi
University of Turku, elshyt(at)utu.fi

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.


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.


LaFauci,Lauren
Linköping University lauren.e.lafauci(at)liu.se

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 (www.herbaria3.org), 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
Tampere University, toni.lahtinen(at)tuni.fi

Toni Lahtinen, PhD, docent is postdoctoral researcher at the Tampere University, 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.


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 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)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.


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.


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
Tampere University, juha.raipola(at)tuni.fi

Juha Raipola, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the Tampere University, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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


Zampaki, Nikoleta
University of Athens, nikoletazampaki(at)hotmail.com

PhD Candidate of Modern Greek Philology, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, International Student, Harvard Extension School. Research’s areas: Modern Greek Poetry, American Poetry (19th-20th ce.), ecocriticism, literary theories, Gadamer, Guattari, Husserl, Merleau – Ponty, literature and painting in the perspective of representation.  Multilingual student (English, French, Turkish, Romanian etc.). PhD thesis in progress: The “biocosmic perception” of the “Poet”: Nature and body in Walt Whitman’s and Angelos Sikelianos’ work. Interpretative and comparative approach. Supervisor: Dimitris Angelatos, Professor of Modern Greek Philology and Theory of Literature, Department of Philology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.