Centaurus, April 2014.
“A Global History of Ecology in Norway,” Department of History of Science Seminar, Harvard University, April 29 2014.
Tuesday April 29 at noon, Science Center 469.
Architects, sociologists and environmentalists explore the intersection between design and the social sciences at large by explicating the concept of “city” and “citizen” in parallel. Cities and Citizenship is a three-day symposium, consisting of a conference series and workshops, that explores how the design of cities can promote a more engaged citizenry. The event will engage leading designers, architects, landscape architects, planners, urbanists, historians, and scientists.
Cities and Citizenship is co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut New York, Parsons The New School for Design, NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study and Global Design NYU. The symposium is organized by Alissa Burmeister from the Goethe-Institut New York, Ioanna Theocharopoulou from Parsons The New School for Design, Peder Anker, Louise Harpman, Mitchell Joachim, from Global Design NYU at Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University, and is part of the Goethe-Institut’s international Weltstadt: Who Creates the City? initiative.
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Participants include: Peder Anker, [History of Science, Gallatin School, NYU], Gianpaolo Baiocchi [Sociology, Director of Civic Engagement, Gallatin School, NYU], Matthias Böttger [Architect + Curator, Raumtaktik, Berlin], Susannah Drake [Landscape Architect, dlandstudio], Stephen Duncombe [Sociology, Gallatin School, NYU], Louise Harpman [Architecture, Gallatin School, NYU], Matthias Hollwich [Architect + Co-founder, HWKN], Natalie Jeremijenko [Fine Art + Environmental Studies, NYU], Colin Jerolmack [Environmental Studies + Sociology, NYU], Mitchell Joachim [Architecture, Gallatin School, NYU], Eric Klinenberg [Sociology, NYU], Victoria Marshall [Landscape + Urban Designer, Parsons], Brian McGrath [Architecture, Dean, School of Constructed Environments Parsons], Miodrag Mitrasinovic [Architecture + Urbanism, New School], Mariana Mogilevich [Architecture + Metropolitan Studies, NYU], Vyjayanthi Rao [Anthropology, New School], Eric Sanderson [Senior Conservation Ecologist at WCS], Saskia Sassen [Sociology, Columbia University], Susanne Schindler [Architecture, New School, Candide Journal], Ioanna Theocharopoulou [Architectural History, Parsons], Tyler Volk [Biology + Environmental Studies, NYU], Lynnette Widder [Earth Institute, Columbia University].
“From Bauhaus to Ecohouse: A Short History of Ecological Design,” in Behind the Green Door: Architecture and the Desire for Sustainability, Helle Benedicte Berg (ed.), (Oslo: Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2013), 129-139.
Order the catalogue here.
“The Call for a New Ecotheology in Norway,” Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture 7:2 (2013), 187-207.
The call for a new ecotheology in Norway began in the early 1970s with environmentally concerned deep ecologists and continued within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Norway and the university system. Church officials and intellectuals saw ecotheology as an effective way of engaging the young in caring for the Creation. Alongside the eco-philosophical projects of redefining the natural, the deep ecologists also sought to renew religious faith. Norwegian theologians found their questioning of economic growth, technocracy, and industrialism appealing, and they sympathized with their call to save wilderness and their endorsement of outdoor life, rural communities, and modest lifestyles. Deep ecology represented for theologians an opportunity to revive the Church, mobilize a new and younger audience, and address the question of how to behave towards God’s Creation.
Many years ago I published a translation of the Norwegian philosopher Peter Wessel Zapffe’s famous “The Parable of the Cats” (from his book On the Tragic, 1941), with a short introduction by David Rotheberg and myself. I still find Zapffe’s parable thought provoking.
Peter Wessel Zapffe, “The Parable of the Cats,” Terra Nova 2:1 (1997), 151-153.
“The Economic Fix: The Norwegian Approach to Climate Change”
Climate Change, Methods, and Practice: A Conversation across the Social Sciences and Humanities, Columbia University, March 8 ,2013. Program here.
Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, Workshop on Historicizing Climate Change, Princeton University, May 2-3, 2014. Program here.
Saturday May 3, 9-10:45 2014, 219 Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton University