I’m pleased to announce the publication of a new article called “Entangled Environments: Historians and Nature in the Nordic Countries.” The text was co-authored by Finn Arne Jørgensen, Unnur Birna Karlsdóttir, Erland Mårald, Bo Poulsen, and Tuomas Räsänen, and was published in Historisk Tidsskrift (Norway) no 1, 2013.
If you have access to the journal, you can download the article directly from Historisk Tidsskrift.
If you don’t have access, you can instead read the Nordic Environmental History Network parallel published version here.
This article is one of the deliverables of the NEHN network, which was generously funded by Nordforsk, 2009-2012. The other major result of this network is an edited volume, Northscapes: History, Technology, and the Making of Northern Environments, edited by Dolly Jørgensen and Sverker Sörlin, which will be published by University of British Columbia Press later this year.
This article discusses recent developments in Nordic environmental history scholarship in light of the concept of the Anthropocene. Taking concepts of nature and culture as entangled with each other, the article explores questions of definition, disciplinary knowledge and the need for interdisciplinarity, and the problem of national, spatial, and temporal boundaries in environmental history. Both natural spaces and the scientific knowledge we have about nature need to be historicized. The article concludes with a look to the future of Nordic environmental history.