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Environmental Humanities

We carry out interdisciplinary research on perceptions of and attitudes to nature and the environment, and the way these are created and changed in various cultural, political and institutional contexts.

Photo of trees and sunlight on a field

Photo: Karen Lykke Syse

About the group

We work in a number of different research areas:

  • Narratives and rhetoric about the natural environment ranging from literature and art to popular culture and media;
  • The relationship between human experience of place, identity and quality of life;
  • How locative technologies and means of navigating in nature impact human relationships with nature and the human sense of place;
  • Landscape as an arena for knowledge and memory;
  • The relationship between environmental discourse and practice, especially with regard to the use and abuse of natural resources;
  • Interactions between local knowledge and expert knowledge in environmental custodianship;
  • The impact of cultural institutions and power structures on attitudes to nature;
  • The enduring concept of “the Good Life” close to nature as a cultural ideal;
  • The role of counter-cultural groups in creating and spreading alternative visions of “the Good Life”


In 2019, the project Locative Technologies and the Human Sense of Place began. The project will study how tourists and trekkers have navigated and come to know natural landscapes through locative technologies since 1800.

Study programmes and courses

Tags: environmental humanities, environment, Nature and Culture, Cultural Studies, Cultural History, Landscape
Published Mar. 2, 2020 3:38 PM - Last modified Aug. 7, 2020 2:21 PM