Arne Næss Symposium 2022 - Day 1

Featuring the Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, Olga Tokarczuk as the Arne Næss Professor.               

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  • Arne Næss fanfare
  • Greetings, Nina Witoszek
  • Opening of the Symposium, UiO’s Rector
  • Arne Næss Lecture: "Animal Masks", by Olga Tokarczuk

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  • Young Researchers’ Challenge, by the Arne Næss Students: Andrew Turner Poepel, Jenna Stepanic and Johannes Jacob Nagel

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  • Questions and answers from the audience. Chair: Nina Witoszek. Moderator: Julia Wiedlocha

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The symposium is free of charge and open to a broad public.


Registration closes 24 August at midnight.

About the 2022 Symposium

Day 1: 25 August: Gamle Festsal
Day 2: 26 August: Arne Næss Auditorium, Georg Morgenstiernes Hus, Blindern

The Arne Næss Symposium in 2022 is unique in two ways. Firstly, and on day 1, it celebrates - for the first time - the world-class fiction writer from Eastern Europe who is deeply engaged in the defense of nature's and human rights.

Secondly, it brings together scholars, students and creative writers at a Green Frontiers Festival on day 2 of the Symposium. The programme on day 2 includes a student event and the Zapffe Prize ceremony, featuring the recipient of University of Oslo competition for an ecological essay.

It is sometimes said that fiction and scholarship complement one another in throwing light on the nature of the challenges of our time. The aim of the 2022 Symposium is to show how the synergy of creative arts and scholarly perspectives can enrich our understanding of authoritarian threats as a stumbling block to a socio-environmental change.

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We draw on, and critically develop, the intellectual legacy after Norway’s greatest ecophilosopher, researcher and environmental activist.

Published May 16, 2022 3:42 PM - Last modified Aug. 26, 2022 10:47 AM