5 ECTS PhD course in Environmental Humanities

Stavanger, 7-11 December 2020

Organized by

The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger

Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities (NoRS-EH)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Bethany Wiggin (Director, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities)

Teachers: Finn Arne Jørgensen (UiS), Dolly Jørgensen (UiS), Helleik Syse (UiS), Eric Dean Rasmussen (UiS), Phil Buckland (Umeå University), Hugo Reinert (UiO), Rachel Douglas-Jones (IT University of Copenhagen), Hanna Musiol (NTNU).  

The Norwegian Researcher School in Environmental Humanities invites applicants to attend a week-long PhD course on “Doing environmental humanities in a digital world,” organized by The Greenhouse at University of Stavanger.

Where do the digital and nature meet? Rather than consider these as opposing realms, this course seeks to bring them together. How can students and scholars in the environmental humanities engage with digital natures? How can we embrace and use digital media to explore and present environment-specific research? Graduate training in environmental humanities has only to a small degree engaged with the many challenges of digital media to the field. This PhD course aims to enable its participants to meet this challenge through a week-long exploration of key themes, methods, tools, and discussions in the emerging field of digital environmental humanities.

During five intense days, students will combine practical and collaborative project work with workshops taught by experts in the field to explore the place of the digital in the environmental humanities. The participants will produce a collective public-facing project that explores the course theme, and they will write an individual 3000-word essay that reflects on the process of producing the public-facing project.

The course is currently planned to happen in-person in Stavanger, making use of spacious new interactive classrooms and the high-tech Didactic Digital Workshop at the university. These rooms will allow for appropriate distancing during teaching. However, in these COVID-19 times, we have designed a flexible format that will work online if necessary. Teachers not located in Stavanger will attend remotely. We will make a final decision two weeks before the course starts if we have to change the teaching mode to fully remote for all participants.

For questions, contact Professor Finn Arne Jørgensen at finn.a.jorgensen@uis.no

To apply, complete and submit the following Application form to finn.a.jorgensen@uis.no by October 23, 2020.

Participants must be admitted to a PhD programme to enroll this course. Priority is given to applicants who are NoRS-EH members. There is no fee to attend the course. However, students are responsible for paying their own travel and lodging, except NoRS-EH members, who will have their travel and accommodation costs covered by the researcher school. You can attend this course either at the beginning of your research or at a later writing-up stage of your project. Other candidates such as early stage postdoc researchers and specialised final stage master students can be accepted. With the COVID-19 travel restrictions, we are targeting students currently located in Norway for this course (but not necessarily enrolled at a Norwegian university).

Facts about the course

Course code: DLV280 Themes in environmental humanities

Credits: 5 ECTS

Teaching language: English

Examination: Pass/Fail, collective project 50%, individual essay 50%

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