The Environmental and Climate Humanities Seminar

Welcome to a three part lunch seminar series on the Environmental and Climate Humanities this autumn 2023, starting September 21!

A collaboration between CEMUS, Centre for Environment and Development Studies, Uppsala University and SLU, CRS, Centre for Multidisciplinary Research on Religion and Society, Uppsala University, and Sofia Oreland, Department of Theology, Uppsala University.

When: September 21, October 26 and November 16 kl. 12.00-13.00

Where: September 21: room 22-1009, see map here: October 26 and November 16: 22-0031, see map here: (same entrance as Humanistiska teatern)

September 21 online:

October 26 online:

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How: We open the doors at 12.00 for mingle and bring your own lunch, the seminar starts 12.15 with a presentation by the invited speaker followed by discussion 12.45, and we end 13.00 sharp.

September 21 kl. 12.00-13.00

Thomas Höjemo Step by step to a transport transition: elevating environments for wellbeing via walking

Moderated by Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, CRS

When reshaping mobility to align with climate goals, the most foundational of all transport modes – walking – is often forgotten. Yet moving by foot brings broad benefits for both environment and health. This tenet underlines the research study presented, detailing how inhabitants of the west-coast town Varberg experienced walking in an urban setting and how these experiences affected their willingness to walk. Their stories provided the foundation for producing practical recommendations on tailoring towns to enhance the environmental affordances for wellbeing in walking.

Thomas Höjemo is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University, with a doctorate in Architecture. His research focuses on how urban residential environments can be designed to facilitate dwellers’ choices of mobility modes with less environmental impact.

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This seminar is cancelled

October 26 kl. 12.00-13.00

Hans Olsson ‘Farming God’s Way’? Articulations of biblical farming in South Africa

Moderated by Sofia Oreland, Department of Theology

With growing attention placed on Pentecostal-Charismatic Christians’ public role, the globally growing strand of churches’ relationship to the environment remain largely understudied. This presentation will zoom in on the growing public presence of Pentecostal-Charismatic and Evangelical Christianity, and address how cultivating food ‘God’s way’ takes form and interplay with discourses of poly-crisis in South Africa. Using ethnographic methods, biblically authorised land practices are analysed as taking place between emotional attachments and public discourse. I will argue for understanding farming as a space of both mediating human-nature relations as well as contestation in relation to what land is for and how it should be used.

Hans Olsson (PhD Lund University 2017) is currently a guest researcher at the Centre of African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, where he between 2019-2023, held a Marie Curie Fellowship, running a project on Evangelical Charismatic Christian farming, cultivation and sustainability in South Africa (see more FarGo). He is an affiliated researcher at the Department of Anthropology, Rhodes University, and has earlier written on Pentecostal-Muslim encounters in the context of Zanzibar and Tanzania.

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This seminar is cancelled

November 16 kl. 12.00-13.00

Patrik Cras and Ulrika Persson-Fischier Title coming

Description coming.


See archive with seminars from previous semesters here:

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