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, digital humanities, critical pedagogy, gender studies and critical theory, with emphasis on migration, environmental humanities / political ecology, human rights, and postcoloniality. She has published widely on literary and visual aesthetics and rights, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Journal of American Studies, DHQ, Oil Culture (University of Minnesota Press), Human Rights and Literature (Routledge), Writing Beyond the State (Palgrave), Envrironment, Space, Place, Teaching Postcolonial Environmental Literature and Media (MLA), Technologies of Human Rights Representation (SUNY Press), and Discursive Framing of Human Rights (Routledge). She also associate-edited Cultural Studies: An Anthology (Blackwell) and was the creator and curator 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 (Boston / Trondheim); the global classroom law and literature pilot Just Fiction, co-taught with Alexandra Schultheis-Moore; Of Borders and Travelers in partnership with Kristen Over, Gianluca Gatta, Academic Guest Network / 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 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. Between 2016 and 2018, she had served on the Project Board of "Cruising the 1970s" funded by EU's HERA & HO2020. She was also a member of "Borderscapes, Memory and Migration" funded by NOS-HS. Her current research projects and networks include Writing Urban Places COST Action; ANEST Environmental Storytelling (NFR); ENVIROCEN: Environmental Practices Across Borders (Nordic Council of Ministers); and Narrating Sustainability (NTNU TSO Sustainability).

She collaborates frequently with Literature for Inclusion led by Gulabuddin Sukhanwar.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Dumitriu, Anna; Musiol, Hanna; Hessler, Stefanie; Muenster, Ursula; Jørgensen, Dolly; Efstathiou, Sophia; Caballero, Krista. (2020) “BioArt, Research, and the Pandemic: Uncertain Histories and Unstable Futures in the Art of Anna Dumitriu,” a conversation with Anna Dumitriu and guests. NTNU ARTEC Seminar Series. NTNU ARTEC Seminar Series . NTNU ARTEC; 2020-09-03 - 2020-09-03.
  • Eidsheim, Nina; Paine, Garth; Musiol, Hanna; Hilder, Thomas Richard; Rasika, Ajotikar; Bergsland, Andreas. (2020) Modalities of Listening, NTNU ARTEC Seminar Series Seminar. NTNU ARTEC Seminar Series . NTNU ARTEC; NTNU. 2020-09-21 - 2020-09-21.
  • Faurby, Carl; Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Who Wants to Live Forever? exhibit guided tour and discussion. NTNU ARTEC Seminar Series . NTNU ARTEC; Kunsthall Trondheim. 2020-09-24 - 2020-09-24.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Archives, Immersion, and Speculation in Environmental Digital Humanities. Doing Environmental Humanities in a Digital World (NoRS-EH Course) . University of Stavanger; 2020-12-07 - 2020-12-07.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Cartographic Storytelling, Migration, and Reception Environments. Environment, Space, Place (ESP). vol. 12 (2).
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Toxicity, Speculation, and Rights: Political Imagination in Mixmedia, Literary, and Cinematic Futurescapes. Writing Beyond the State: Post-Sovereign Approaches to Human Rights and Literary Studies.
  • Musiol, Hanna; DeSoto, Pablo. (2020) Resist as Forest: Immersive Storytelling and Public Ecological Action. Confronting a Planet in a State of Emergency: Eco-Visionaries Symposium . Royal Academy of Arts; London. 2020-10-02 - 2020-10-02.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Ibrahim, Suzanne. (2020) Human Rights, Feminism, and Literature: A Conversation with Suzanne Ibrahim. Human Rights Week . Amnesty International & Litteraturhuset i Trondheim; Litteraturhuset i Trondheim. 2020-03-06 - 2020-03-06.
  • Schulman, Sarah; Raha, Nat; Hellesund, Tone; Branlat, Jennifer; Garcia Zarranz, Libe; Hilder, Thomas Richard; Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Pandemics, Archives, Justice: A Webinar with Sarah Schulman. Literature and Cultural History Research Group Seminar . NTNU ISL, TransLit & ILU, Gender Hub, LGBTQ+ Study Music Gr.; NTNU. 2020-11-11 - 2020-11-11.


  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Cosmopolitan Intimacies in Nella Larsen's Quicksand. Quicksand by Nella Larsen, edited by Carla Kaplan: A Norton Critical Edition.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Habits of Memory. Remembered Places. Perspectives from scholarship and arts. Eichstätter Europastudien, Bd. 6.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Place by Design: Industry, Colony, and Environmental Disobedience. Oslo School of Environmental Humanities Seminar . Oslo School of Environmental Humanities, University of Oslo; 2019-10-03 - 2019-10-03.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Plotting Futures: Hydro Fiction, Zones of Sacrifice, Ecological Imagination. NTNU Ocean Week . NTNU; NTNU Trondheim. 2019-05-06 - 2019-05-08.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Plotting Futures: Industry, Colony, and Speculative Storytelling. (Un)fair Cities: Equity, Ideology, and Utopia in Urban Texts . Conference of the Association of Literary Urban Studies; University of Limerick. 2019-12-12 - 2019-12-12.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2019) Spectral Landscapes: Senses, Archives, Cocreation. ARTEC Seminar Series . NTNU ARTEC; Kunsthall Trondheim. 2019-02-14 - 2019-02-14.
  • Musiol, Hanna; DeSoto, Pablo; Murray-Leslie, Alexandra Nicki; Hoel, Ada Mathea; Shrestha, Shreejay; Dybvig, Dagfinn Døhl; Perkis, Andrew; Borgan, Vilde. (2019) Resist as Forest. Resist as Forest [Kunstnerisk og museal presentasjon] . NTNU ARTEC; Adressaparken & Olavskvartalet, Trondheim. 2019-09-27 - 2019-09-27.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Gil, Alex; Risam, Roopika; DeSoto, Pablo. (2019) Introduction to “Mobilized Humanities, Technology, & the Arts,” an NTNU ARTEC Seminar and workshop, with Alex Gil, Roopika Risam, and Pablo DeSoto. Mobilized Humanities, Technology, & the Arts . NTNU ARTEC; NTNU. 2019-09-02 - 2019-09-03.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Murray-Leslie, Alexandra Nicki. (2019) Spectral Landscapes: Senses, Archives, Cocreation. ARTEC Seminar Series . NTNU ARTEC; Kunsthall Trondheim. 2019-02-14 - 2019-02-14.


  • Musiol, Hanna. (2018) Metaphors of Decryption: Designs, Poetics, Collaborations. Decrypting Power.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2018) Narrating Extinction: Elegies, Encyclopedias, Speculations. Anthropocene Stories: A Humanities Symposium . Envionmental Humanities Research Group, NTNU; NTNU. 2018-09-28 - 2018-09-28.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Dush, Lisa. (2018) Introduction to Lisa Dush’s “Digital Storytelling: Participatory Media Projects for Education, Advocacy, and Research” and “Multimodal Writing and Approaches to Mixed-Media Literature”. ARTEC Seminar Series . ARTEC; NTNU Trondheim. 2018-10-26 - 2018-10-26.
  • Musiol, Hanna; Perkis, Andrew. (2018) NTNU Art and Technology Task Force (ARTEC) Report. Trondheim: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, 2018.



  • Musiol, Hanna. (2016) Just Fiction. Teaching Human Rights: International Student-Teacher Collabo [Internett]. 2016-02-08.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2016) Willful Targets of Rights. Discursive Framings of Human Rights. Negotiating agency and victimhood.


  • 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. (2015) Meta-Data, Life-Writing, and Comparative Literature. American Comparative Literature Association, Washington University . ACLA; Seattle, WA. 2015-03-26 - 2015-03-29.
  • Musiol, Hanna. (2015) Sites of Human Rights Theory. The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights.


  • 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) Liquid Modernity: Sundown in Pawhuska, Oklahoma Hanna Musiol. Oil Culture.