Funding for new project on navigation and our relationship with nature
The grant comes from the Research Council of Norway.
The human sense of place has come under pressure in the digital age. New technologies, such as GPS, have cut us off from nature. You have probably heard stories that car drivers uncritically follow GPS directions, act against what should be their better judgment, following the voice of their GPS units into rivers, against one-way streets, along abandoned forest trails, even getting lost in the desert.
When the technological world around us gets smarter and more connected, do we get dumber?
As locative technologies seem to be changing what it means to be human, we are witnessing a technologically-driven moral panic quite similar to what historians of technology have
argued develops around many new technologies. This project will evaluate contemporary claims about the impact of locative technologies on the human sense of place through historical research.
Karen Lykke Syse will study how tourists and trekkers have navigated and come to know natural landscapes through localtive technologies since 1800.
The project core group consists of Finn Arne Jørgensen and Karen Lykke Syse, further a postdoc and a PhD student will be recruited. The PhD student will be based at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), and will be part of the well-established SUM Research School. The newly established Oslo School of Environmental Humanities will also serve as a network for the PhD student.
The Locative Technologies and the Human Sense of Place project is one of 27 research projects that has been granted funds from the FRIHUMSAM call at the Research Council of Norway.
Research on nature and culture
Read more about the research group on Culture, ethics and sustainability at SUM.