The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World

Anker, Frontpage, CUP 2020

The Power of the Periphery: How Norway Became an Environmental Pioneer for the World, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2020).

Abstract

What is the source of Norway’s culture of environmental harmony in our troubled world? Exploring the role of Norwegian scholar-activists of the late twentieth century, Peder Anker examines how they portrayed their country as a place of environmental stability in a world filled with tension. In contrast with societies dirtied by the hot and cold wars of the twentieth century, Norway’s power, they argued, lay in the pristine, ideal natural environment of the periphery. Globally, a beautiful Norway came to be contrasted with a polluted world and fashioned as an ecological microcosm for the creation of a better global macrocosm. In this innovative, interdisciplinary history, Anker explores the ways in which ecological concerns were imported via Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962, then to be exported from Norway back to the world at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Reviews

Anders Dunker, “Den norske dobbeltmoralen,” Ny tid, summer 2020, p. 4-5. [Page 1], [Page 2].

Blog-post 

Peder Anker, “Cabin Lockout“, Cambridge blog, Sept. 30 2020. 

Book talks

The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger, Nov. 2, 2020. [Video]

History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting, Oct. 8, 2020. [Video]

Institute of Public Knowledge, New York University, Oct. 6 2020. [Video]

Get the book

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February 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm Leave a comment

Greenhouse Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery

Environmental Humanities Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery, The Greenhouse, University of Stavanger, Nov. 2, 2020.

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Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery

Book Talk: The Power of the Periphery: How Norway became an Environmental Pioneer for the World. Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, Oct. 6 2020.

In conversation with Eric Klinenberg. Recording on YouTube

October 7, 2020 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Deep Impact

Terreform ONE, Mitchel Joachim, Peder Anker, Nicholas Gervasi, “Deep Impact: Animal-, Plant- or Insect-Aided Design as techniques to mitigate stress on urban non-human species,” Topos Magazine, 112 (Sept. 2020), 32-37.

Get the Topos Magazine here.

Presenting the article at the “Critical Density: Health, Ecology, Economy & Equity” symposium. New York Institute of Technology, Sept. 30 2020, at the 14:20 mark.

September 26, 2020 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

My review of Embattled River

David Schuyler, Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism, (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018).

 The Journal of American Studies, 54:4 (2020), E50. [PDF]

September 21, 2020 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment

My review of The Responsive Environment

Larry D. Busbea, The Responsive Environment: Design, Aesthetics and the Human in the 1970s. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

Environmental History, 25:4 (2020). [PDF]

September 21, 2020 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Ecology in Design: In Conversation

Ecology in Design: In Conversation with Nina Edwards Anker and Peder Anker.

The American Scandinavian Society with Garette Johnson. June 24 2020.

August 10, 2020 at 4:27 am Leave a comment

Design with Life Discussion

May 30, 2020 at 12:48 pm Leave a comment

My Review of The Environment and International History

Scott Kaufman, The Environment and International History, (London: Bloomsbury, 2018).

Environmental History 25:3 (2020), 548-550. PDF

May 25, 2020 at 10:44 am Leave a comment

Frack off!

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Frack off! A Puppet Play for Grown-Ups

Dialogue by Michael Dinwiddie and Peder Anker. Music and lyrics by Michael Dinwiddie. Puppets by Barbara Guzik-Budzilo. Forthcoming.

February 17, 2020 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

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