Background and activities

Hanna Musiol comes to Trondheim from Boston, where she taught in the English and American Studies programs at Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Simmons College. Her research interests include American and Anglophone literatures, visual studies, archive and curation, critical pedagogy, digital humanities, gender studies and critical theory, with emphasis on migration, environmental humanities / political ecology, human rights, and decolonization. She has published widely on literary and visual aesthetics and human rights, and her work has appeared in Journal of American Studies, College Literature, Journal of Labor and Society, Oil Culture (University of Minnesota Press), Human Rights and Literature (Routledge), and Discursive Framing of Human Rights (Routledge). She also associate-edited Cultural Studies: An Anthology (Blackwell) and was the creator of the (Im)Migrant Experience Initiative (IEI), a digital archive devoted to the preservation of narratives of migration and displacement at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Musiol has taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in American studies, Anglophone literatures, visual and cultural studies, and critical theory. She has also developed several transdisciplinary pedagogical collaborations with community and academic partners in Europe and the US, including Narrating the Global City (in Boston & Trondheim); the global classroom law and literature pilot Just Fiction, co-taught with Alexandra Schultheis-Moore; Of Borders and Travelers, taught in partnership with Kristen Over, Gianluca Gatta, the NTNU for Refugees, and the Trondheim Kommune; and, Environmental Humanities, Literature, and the “Arts of Living on a Damaged Planet” taught in collaboration with the Kunsthall Trondheim, the Academic Guest Network / NTNU for Refugees, the Trondheim Kommune, the Falstad Center, and invited guests, Sissel Bergh, Krista Caballero, Marco Armiero, Henry Mainsah, and Carl Martin Faurby.

In 2015, Musiol received the PHRGE Research Fellowship at the Northeastern University School of Law. Since 2016, she has served on the Project Board of "Cruising the 1970s" funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA). She is also a member of "Borderscapes, Memory and Migration" research project funded by The Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS).  

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Habits of Memory. Remembered Places.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2018) Metaphors of Decryption: Designs, Poetics, Collaborations. Decrypting Power.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2017) Postscript. Høre hjemme - Poesikveld i Trondheim en antologi.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2016) Willful Targets of Rights. Discursive Framings of Human Rights. Negotiating agency and victimhood.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2015) Sites of Human Rights Theory. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2014) Liquid Modernity: Sundown in Pawhuska, Oklahoma Hanna Musiol. Oil Culture.


  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Migrant Fictions: Cartographies, Extractive Research, Pedagogy. Bodies, Borders, Memories Seminar . University of Oslo; Oslo. 2019-03-24 - 2019-03-24.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Spectral Landscapes: Senses, Archives, Cocreation. ARTEC Seminar Series . ARTEC; Kunsthall Trondheim. 2019-02-14 - 2019-02-14.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2018) “Imagining What Exists": Reading Toni Morrison’s Home and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me. The Norwegian National Library Initiative . Melhus Library; 2018-02-28 - 2018-02-28.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2018) Narratives of Extraction, Toxicity, and the Future in the Nordic Global North. Resisting Extractivism in the North . University of Tromsø; 2018-11-15 - 2018-11-16.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2017) Encounters in Technology, Art, & the Humanities: Imagining and Making Across Borders. NTNU Kveld . NTNU Kveld, NTNU ARTEC; 2017-11-21 - 2017-11-21.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2017) Museum, Archives, and the Pedagogies of Justice. The Active Museum: Reflection on Technologies of Everyday / Det aktive museet: Refleksjoner om vår teknologiske hverdag . Norwegian Museum of Technology; University of Oslo. 2017-12-06 - 2017-12-06.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Caballero, Krista. (2017) ARTEC Seminar Series: Transdisciplinary Imagination: Praxis for Ecological Futures.“Transdisciplinary Imagination: Praxis for Ecological Futures.”. ARTEC Seminar Series . ARTEC; NTNU Trondheim. 2017-09-12 - 2017-09-12.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Mainsah, Henry. (2017) Prototype as Method in Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities Workshop . NTNU; NTNU. 2017-11-01 - 2017-11-01.
  • Mikkelsen, Solveig; Musiol, Hanna. (2016) Flyktninger grep muligheten da NTNU tilbød dem undervisning. Universitetsavisa [Avis]. 2016-11-11.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2016) Response to Saskia Sassen’s “The City, Technology, and Art”. The City, Technology, and Art: KUNO conference . KUNO and The Trondheim Academy of Fine Art; Trondheim. 2016-10-21.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2015) Aesthetic Justice. Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Georgetown University Law Center . ASLCH, Georgetown University Law Center; Washington D.C.. 2015-03-06 - 2015-03-07.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2015) Civic Engagement, New Media, and Critical Pedagogy. The Center for Innovative Teaching Forum, the University of Massachusetts Boston ; The Center for Innovative Teaching Forum, UMB. 2015-03-24 - 2015-03-24.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2014) (Im)migrant Experience: Working with a Digital Archive. Working with a Digital Archive Workshop . American Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Boston; Boston. 2014-11-12 - 2014-11-12.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2014) “Narrative Rights and the Global City”. American Comparative Literature Association Conference . American Comparative Literature Association; New York. 2014-03-21 - 2014-03-23.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2014) The (Im)migrant Experience Initiative. THE (IM)MIGRANT EXPERIENCE INITIATIVE [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . University of Massachussetts Boston; Boston. 2014-06-15 - 2014-08-01.