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 (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, the 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. Since 2016, she has served on the Project Board of "Cruising the 1970s" funded by Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA) & HO2020. She was 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). Since 2019, she is a member of the Managing Committee for a Writing Urban Places COST Action.  

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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Journal publications

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  • Musiol, Hanna. (2020) Toxicity, Extinction, 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. (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) Selected Bibliography, with Lauren Kurylowski and Sarah Payne. Quicksand by Nella Larsen, edited by Carla Kaplan: A Norton Critical Edition.
  • 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) Geographies of Learning: Industry, Colony, & Environmental Storytelling. Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH) . NoRsEH, OSEH, University of Oslo; 2019-10-30 - 2019-10-30.
  • 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) 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. (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. (2018) To Whom It Might Concern, Sahara Chronicles, and the Emergence of New Publics. Bodies, Borders, Memories . University of Oslo; 2018-04-18 - 2018-04-18.
  • 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. (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) Introduction to Technology and Emotions. Technology and Emotions . Politeknisk Forening, i/o/Lab, & NTNU ARTEC; Oslo. 2017-11-07 - 2017-11-07.
  • 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. (2017) Of Borders, Travelers, and Storytelling. The Humanities Symposium . Ministry of Research and Education; University of Oslo. 2017-03-22 - 2017-03-22.
  • 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. (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. (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) “Human Rights, Aesthetics, and the Radical Archive”. American Studies Lecture . American Studies Program; University of Groningen. 2014-02-24 - 2014-02-24.