Speaker: Dolly Jørgensen Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway
The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future at Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies and the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge are pleased to host the Arctic Environmental Humanities Workshop Series.
As the Arctic gains greater visibility among academics and diverse publics, we see an urgent need for humanities scholars to help shape the current debates and research priorities too often limited to the natural and social sciences. This rise in awareness of Arctic issues coincides with widespread academic initiatives in the emerging interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. These growing interests in the Arctic and in the environmental humanities are in turn both catalyzed by the climate crisis; the urgency of this crisis is central to, but not exhaustive of, our collective commitment to Arctic environmental humanities (AEH).
The Shaggy Saviour of Northern Norway
Presented by Dolly Jørgensen, Professor of History, University of Stavanger, Norway and Co-editor of Environmental Humanities, 2020-22.
Dolly Jørgensen is a historian of the environment and technology at the University of Stavanger, Norway. Her work focuses on how human technologies shape the world around us and how we come to understand what is “natural” and what is not, with particular attention to human-animal relations. Her current research agenda focuses on cultural histories of animal extinction, and she recently published Recovering Lost Species in the Modern Age: Histories of Longing and Belonging (MIT Press, 2019). She has also edited several books, including Northscapes: History, Technology & the Making of Northern Environments (2014) and Visions of North in Premodern Europe (2018). Professor Jørgensen is the editor of Environmental Humanities and the co-founder of The Greenhouse environmental humanities research group.