Nordic countries

Regional representative

Dr Paula Schönach
Senior advisor, sustainability

Aalto University, Finland


What’s new in the Nordic Region?

Environmental Humanities Book Talks

This is a series of online book talks arranged by the Greenhouse at University of Stavanger. Every Monday at 16:00 (or in some cases at 10:00) Norwegian time, we host a conversation between an author of a new book in the environmental humanities, hosts Dolly and Finn Arne Jørgensen, and a good, international crowd of other participants. The book talks were launched in March 2020 as a response to COVID-19 and as a way of keeping the community together. Every talk is recorded and put online after the talk – these recordings are useful resources for teaching and classroom assignments, especially now that much teaching has moved online. 

Upcoming talks for the rest of the year are: 

5 Oct: Kate Rigby, Reclaiming Romanticism

12 Oct: Lesley Green, Rock Water Life

19 Oct: Etienne Benson, Surroundings

26 Oct: Hannah Boast, Hydrofictions

2 Nov: Peder Anker, The Power of the Periphery

9 Nov: Aidan Tynan, The Desert in Modern Literature & Philosophy

16 Nov: Alenda Chang, Playing Nature

23 Nov (note: at 10:00): Rebecca Giggs, Fathoms

30 Nov: Alexandra Palmer, Ethical Debates in Orangutan Conservation

7 Dec (note: at 18:00): Peter Dauvergne, AI in the Wild

14 Dec: Elizabeth Parker, The Forest and the EcoGothic

For an updated list of upcoming and archived talks, visit

The archive now contains talks with more than 20 authors, including David Farrier, Dolly Jørgensen, Jeremy Zallen, Paul Merchant, Eva Haifa Giraud, Bathsheba Demuth,  Antony Adler, Jessica J. Lee, Angela Cassidy, Christine Eriksen & Susan Ballard, Emily Pawley, David Fedman, Paul Huebener, David Fedman, Thom van Dooren, Daniel Macfarlane, Rocio Gomez, Melody Jue, Jennifer Telasca, and Luke Keogh. 

If you have a recently published book in the environmental humanities that you’d like to discuss, or know of other new authors in the field that you’d like to learn more about, let us know! We are currently filling slots for February 2021 and beyond. 

See also the Facebook event of the course

The ESEH Tallinn 2019 conference was a huge success and the entire Nordic environmental historians community would like to express a big thank you to the local organizing committee! A lot of content from the conference is available also online, e.g. the great key note presentation of Prof. Kate Brown.

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