Environmental Change in Nordic Fiction

Third Workshop of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies November 15–16, 2019



9.15 – 9.30                                 

Opening of the Workshop

9.30 – 10.30                               

Hennig Howlid Wærp: Knut Hamsun´s critique of consumerism – Segelfoss Town (1915)

Markku Lehtimäki: Fictional Minds in Natural Environments: Textual Designs and Changing Ecologies in Contemporary Finnish Fiction

10.30 – 10.45                            


10.45 – 12.15                            

Pia Maria Ahlbäck: From technopastoral to climate idyll? The opportunities of disaster in Annika Luther’s novel De hemlösas stad

Judith Meurer-Bongardt: ”Jag känner allt liv i den här skogen.” From threat to home: The changing forest in Astrid Lindgren’s Ronja Röverdotter. An environmental psychological reading (Cancelled)

Toni Lahtinen: From Magical to Political Wilderness. Environmental Change in the Imagined Arctic

Thorunn Gullaksen Endreson: Dark ecology in Erlend O. Nødtvedt’s Vestlandet: Celebrating climate change

12.15 – 13.15                            


13.15 – 14.45                            

Leena Romu: Dystopian Comics as Cautionary Tales about the Future of the Arctic – Stylistic and Rhetorical Aspects of Graphic Storytelling

Francesco Zavatti: Imagining the environmental consequences of the Oresund bridge in drawings and comics (1970-1990)

Aino-Kaisa Koistinen & Helen Mäntymäki: What if? Ecological destruction and affect in Fortitude

14.45 – 15.00                            


15.00 – 16.00                            

Jack Dyce: “The future’s anything but bright” Contemplating the consequences of ecological change in Antti Tuomainen’s The Healer (2013) and The Mine (2016)

Katarina Leppänen: No future? Climate fiction, dystopic thinking, and our unwillingness to change


Free entrance to the Moomin Museum


Dinner: Restaurant Tuhto, Tampere Hall | On map


9.30 – 11.00                               

Reeta Holopainen: Vanishing pastorals and unwelcome urban areas
Changing environments in Eila Kivikk’aho’s poetry

Per Esben Myren-Svelstad: Stories of Loss: Poetic Form and Human-Nature Relations in Contemporary Norwegian Long Poems

Kaisa Kortekallio: Amplifying more-than-human experience with Antti Salminen’s Lomonosovin moottori and MIR

11.00 – 11.15                            


11.15 – 12.45                            

Christian Hummelsund Voie: “Low Lies the Land, and Desolate”: From “Holy Marsh” to «Drain the Swamp» in the Art and Literature of the Lista Peninsula

Vesa Kyllönen: The experience of ”selkonen” and changing environments

Daniel Chartier: The Inuit concepts of “Sila” and “Nuna” in an ecological Greenlandic literary perspective

12.45 – 14.00                            


14.00 – 15.30                           

Harri Salovaara: Ecological Immunity, Parenthood, and Change in Emma Puikkonen’s Cli-fi Novel Lupaus

Christopher Oscarson: Reimagining the Anthropocene North

15.30 – 16.00                            

Closing words