Research group – Department of Art and Media Studies

Environmental Humanities


Human activity has significantly altered the geology of our planet. Climate change and human engagement with it will determine the future of life on Earth. The urgency of this predicament, although widely perceived and lamented, has yet to yield the kind of global consensus-based actions that existing science tells us will be necessary to reverse, slow, or even successfully adapt to the changes to our world already underway. The concept of the Anthropocene increasingly figures in humanities reaserch, as more scholars join this vast transdisciplinary project to give this topic its due. Momentum is building among the myriad research fields comprising the environmental humanities, where scholars and students have exciting new opportunities to lend our expertise to the work already occupying many of our colleagues in the social and natural sciences. 

We in the humanities know that narratives are not merely instruments of direct, objective communication. We are proficient in the language of stories: we bring our knowledge of aesthetics, representation, and emotional engagement to this endeavor. The stories we tell about our world are important and deserve all the tools at our disposal as we work to shape a sustainable future. Environmental Humanities at NTNU seeks to establish a network for environmental humanities scholars across the disciplines and departments of our institution, and to enable and support the developement of research beyond NTNU. Part of our task in the environmental humanities is to emphasize that the environment is not only a backdrop for human activities, and thus we are also interested in widening the notion of storytelling to make space for the perspectives of non-humans sharing the planet with us. The group also aims to build bridges from academia to the public arena, and to contribute to telling more varied stories about human relationships with the environment and other species.

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PhD Research Seminar: Theories and Methods in Environmental Humanities

Time and place: Oct. 30, 2019 9:00 AM–Nov. 1, 2019 7:00 PM, University of Oslo/Tøyen Hovedgård/SALT

This three-day intensive course serves as an introduction to theories and research methods in the interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities. In the Anthropocene, it becomes increasingly clear that environmental issues cannot be understood from the perspective of a single discipline. This research-oriented course is aimed at graduates from the humanities and social sciences who work on environmental topics and wish to expand their repertoire of theories, research skills, and creative methods. You will get hands-on experience from lecturers with different disciplinary backgrounds: from literary studies, philosophy, anthropology, history, media studies, and others. The course will lay special emphasis on creative and unconventional research methods and modes of representations, such as the use of film, photography, sound recordings, art installations, or exhibitions. We will pay particular attention to the mechanisms by which individual disciplines come together into the larger whole of environmental humanities. The course is organized by the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH) as part of the Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH). Full details available at OSEH website (LINK:


Norwegian Research School in Environmental Humanities

NTNU Environmental Humanities Research Group is proud to represent NTNU in the Norwegian Research School in Environmental Humanities, a groundbreaking new program funded from October 2019 to August 2025 by the Research Council of Norway and coordinated from by Professor Dolly Jørgensen (UiS). NoRS-EH is a transdisciplinary initiative to strengthen Norwegian humanities' contribution to environmental research and the major global challenges facing the world. Members will have the opportunity to participate in seminars at the NoRS-EH partner institutions at the Universities of Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Agder, and NTNU. The research school's courses will complement the offerings of the partner institutions' PhD programs and aims to ensure that EH PhD candidates across Norway have opportunities for specialized seminars and nationwide networking. NoRS-EH offers members a three-part program consisting of an overview course in environmental humanities, an in-depth course in environmental humanistic themes with international participation, and the development of a larger community for researchers and students in the field. PhD candidates based in Norwegian universities and working with topics and research methods related to environmental humanities are invited to apply. See the official website:


NTNU Environmental Humanities wins 3rd Prize for Best Stand at Forskningstorget!

Can you get involved in environmental and climate change by watching disaster movies? Can immersing yourself in a color-by-numbers activity give you a better understanding of the consequences of temperature changes in the ocean? Can you be more aware of temperature fluctuations by knitting a hat? We set up a stand called “Miljø og Kultur” at the Forskningstorget on Friday and Saturday September 20 and 21. At our booth, we showed how environmental and climate awareness can be created through popular culture, creative pastimes, and hobby activities.  We were happy to see that our stand not only was well-visited, but we also to won the third prize for best stand at Forskningstorget 2019!  Thank you to all of you who visited us and contributed to our success.

Read more about our participation in this NTNU News article.

Contributions by the Environmental Humanities Reaserach Group

NTNU Ocean Week 2019

We are happy to announce that we were represented at the NTNU Ocean Week 2019.

On day 1, May 6th, Julia Leyda and Hanna Musiol made presentations in the "Other voices - Other Stories" sessions. 

  • Time:.14.25 - Julia Leyda; Oil, Ocean and the Climate Unconscious in Norwegian scripted television.
  • Time: 16.05 - Hanna Musiol; On art, technology and the ocean.

For the complete programme, visit NTNU Ocean Week 2019's homepage here.

Link to registration for for Ocean Week you will find here.

Call for applications

PhD Position in Environmental Humanities

– Deadline: March 5th, 2019

The Faculty of Humanities at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU, Trondheim) offers a full-time 3-year PhD position, to be based in the Departments of Art and Media Studies and/or the Department of Language and Literature.

The PhD position is connected to the strategic research area NTNU Oceans, through the pilot programme Responsible Ocean Research and Innovation (HAVANSVAR). The PhD candidate will here be part of a substantial network of interdisciplinary scholarship addressing ethical, cultural, political, economic, narrative and historical dimensions of the marine environment. Further information can be found here (NTNU OCEANS)

For full job description and information about the application process, go to