Update: Merited Teacher

In April 2016, Umeå University named me a Merited Teacher – I was one out of two teachers in this category from the Faculty of Arts in this round (the other was my good colleague Jenny Eklöf). Umeå University has now had three rounds in their new pedagogical qualification system, which recognized skilled and experienced teachers in two tiers – merited and excellent teacher. Candidates submit their pedagogical portfolio for a thorough evaluation by two outside expert reviewers. In practice, it doesn’t mean all that much, even though it is nice to be recognized. We also get a small raise in salary, and the department also gets a small one-time bonus that should ideally be used for pedagogical development.

I have been invited to organize some kind of pedagogical event or initiative with the 25,000 SEK that came with the merited teacher status, and plan to do something in the late fall.

Update: Digital Content Editor for Environmental History

A short news update: I am joining the editorial team of Environmental History as Digital Content Editor. I will write more about what our plans for the digital version of the journal are (and also to ask for feedback and ideas) later, but I’m too busy finishing my tenure and promotion file right now. Instead, here’s the official announcement from Lisa Brady, the journals editor in chief:

Environmental History welcomes Finn Arne Jørgensen of Umeå University, Sweden, as Digital Content Editor. Finn Arne brings extensive experience in the digital humanities through his work on AntSpiderBee.net, among many other projects. In his new role Finn Arne will develop innovative projects and features to enhance the journal’s online presence. You can follow Finn Arne on Twitter (@finnarne) and at www.finnarne.net. We look forward to working with him on environmentalhistory.net and on expanding the journal’s digital horizons!

New article in Contemporary European History

I have a new article out in Contemporary European History – this is a theme issue on “Recycling and Reuse in the Twentieth Century” edited by Heike Weber and Ruth Oldenziel. My article has the rather long title “Green Citizenship at the Recycling Junction: Consumers and Infrastructures for the Recycling of Packaging in Twentieth-Century Norway.”

Here’s the abstract in English, French, and German!

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New book – New Natures

I have a new book out, edited together with Dolly Jørgensen (Umeå University) and Sara B. Pritchard (Cornell University) –  New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies, published with University of Pittsburgh PressNew Natures broadens the dialogue between the disciplines of science and technology studies (STS) and environmental history in hopes of deepening and even transforming understandings of human-nature interactions. The volume presents historical studies that engage with key STS theories, offering models for how these theories can help crystallize central lessons from empirical histories, facilitate comparative analysis, and provide a language for complicated historical phenomena. Overall, the collection exemplifies the fruitfulness of cross-disciplinary thinking.

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Table of contents


Sara B. Pritchard – “Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies: Promises, Challenges, and Contributions”

Part I. Ways of Knowing
Anya Zilberstein – “The Natural History of Early Northeastern America: An Inexact Science”

Frank Uekotter – “Farming and Not Knowing: Agnotology Meets Environmental History”

Dolly Jørgensen – “Environmentalists on Both Sides: Enactments in the California Rigs-to-Reefs Debate”

Finn Arne Jørgensen – “The Backbone of Everyday Environmentalism: Cultural Scripting and Technological Systems”

Part II. Constructions of Environmental Expertise
Kevin C. Armitage – “The Soil Doctor: Hugh Hammond Bennett, Soil Conservation, and the Search for a Democratic Science”

Michael Egan – “Communicating Knowledge: The Swedish Mercury Group and Vernacular Science, 1965–1972”

Eunice Blavascunas – “Signals in the Forest: Cultural Boundaries of Science in Białowieża, Poland”

Part III. Networks, mobilities, and Boundaries
Tiago Saraiva – “The Production and Circulation of Standardized Karakul Sheep and Frontier Settlement in the Empires of Hitler, Mussolini, and Salazar”

Thomas D. Finger – “Trading Spaces: Transferring Energy and Organizing Power in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic Grain Trade”

Stephen Bocking – “Situated yet Mobile: Examining the Environmental History of Arctic Ecological Science”

David Tomblin – “White Mountain Apache Boundary-Work as an Instrument of Ecopolitical Liberation and Landscape Change”

Valerie A. Olson – “NEOecology: The Solar System’s Emerging Environmental History and Politics”

Sverker Sörlin – “Epilogue: Preservation in the Age of Entanglement: STS and the History of Future Urban Nature”

New publication: Entangled Environments

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.

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