Feb-April 2022: Welcome to the Environmental and Climate Humanities Seminar!

art | climate | culture | development | environment | language | philosophy | psychology | religion | society | sustainability

Welcome to a three part lunch seminar series on the Environmental and Climate Humanities starting February 3, 2022! 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: February 3, March 10, April 7 kl. 12.00-13.00

Where: room 22-0031 (same entrance as Humanistiska teatern), see map here: https://link.mazemap.com/k1hn0pOx

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.

Online/Zoom: February 3 https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/65270896996, March 10 https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/68352314950, April 7 https://uu-se.zoom.us/j/66170755379


February 3 kl. 12.00-13.00

David Thurfjell Secularity and Nature Romanticism in Sweden

Moderated by Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, CRS

I am a professor in the study of Religions at Södertörn University in Stockholm, Sweden. I received my doctoral degree in History of Religions from Uppsala University (2003) and have since published widely within the fields of Islamic and Romani studies. My academic interests include secularization and religious change, religion among Romani people, Iranian and Shi´ite studies, Pentecostal studies, ritual and postcolonial theory.

I am the author of the monographs Living Shi´ism (Brill 2006), Faith and revivalism in a Nordic Romani Community (I.B. Tauris 2013) and The godless people: the post-Christian swedes and religion (Molin & Sorgenfrei 2015). I have a wide interest for international scholarly collaborations, particularly with Middle Eastern countries. Together with a group of Arab scholars I co-authored the UNESCO guidebook for history textbook authors writing on Europe and the Arabo-Islamic world (UNESCO/ISESCO 2011). I am a board member of the Swedish research institute in Istanbul and in 2015 I organized a symposium about religion and jurisprudence bringing together scholars from Europe and Iraq. I am also the sitting president of the Swedish association for the history of religions (SSRF).

Read more: https://www.sh.se/kontakt/forskare/david-thurfjell


March 10 kl. 12.00-13.00

Sofia Ahlberg Poetry for a “Beaten Heart”

Moderated by Malin Östman, CEMUS

I am the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University, Sweden, with responsibility for education and collaboration, and Associate Professor in Literature and Pedagogy at the Department of English, also at Uppsala University. I teach and research on contemporary literature, pedagogy, and ecocriticism.

My most recent book Teaching Literature in Times of Crisis (Routledge, 2021) has just been published. My other publications include another monograph Atlantic Afterlives in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2016) as well as numerous chapters and articles in edited collections and journals, most recently in The Handbook of Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature and Science (Palgrave, 2020) and Teaching the Literature of Climate Change (MLA, forthcoming). I contributed to a highly original edited collection called Loanwords to Live With: An Ecotopian Lexicon (Minnesota UP, 2019) and my essay on the Swedish word “fotminne” can be read about in “Parlör for ett vettigare sätt att tala om klimatet” (SvD, 2020) as well as in “The Search for New Words to Make us Care about the Climate Crisis” in The New Yorker, 2020.

Read more: https://katalog.uu.se/profile/?id=N16-2241


April 7 kl. 12.00-13.00

Petra Carlsson Nonhuman Histories of Theology

Moderated by Sofia Oreland, Department of Theology

I am a scholar of Systematic theology, Dean of the Department of Religious Studies and Theology, Senior lecturer, University College Stockholm, and a minister of the Lutheran Church of Sweden. My research interests include continental philosophy, art, political theology and political and artistic activism.

My publications includes two books Foucault, art, and radical theology: the mystery of things (Routledge, 2019) and <Mysticism as revolt: Foucault, Deleuze, and theology beyond representation (Davies Group, Publishers, 2014).

Read more: https://ehs.se/personer/petra-carlsson/