Livet er best ute

Livet er best ute: Friluftslivets historie og filosofi, (Oslo: Kagge Forlag, 2022)

Livet er best ute. Eller er det egentlig det, spør Peder Anker i denne boken om friluftslivets historie og filosofi. Med friluftslivet som et utgangspunkt forteller Anker om våre uartikulerte verdier og tradisjoner, slik de ser ut fra fjellet, skogen og svaberget. For lengselen etter friluftslivet er det vi har felles, mener han.

Denne boken har han skrevet for alle de som synes livet er best ute. Leseren trenger ikke noen andre egenskaper for å bli med på å utforske hva friluftslivet er for noe. Anker tar leseren med på en personlig vandring igjennom friluftslivets historie, kultur og filosofi. Det er en tur i et mykt lettgått terreng, med en og annen utfordrende skrent. For det må til for å nå fjellets topp. Der får leseren hvile sine tanker ved varme kilder. Selv om turen er rimelig enkel, så er den på ingen måte ufarlig. Det er mektige motkrefter som undergraver friluftslivet, påpeker Anker, både i oss selv og i samfunnet rundt oss. Friluftslivet er truet. Denne boken søker derfor å fornye og utfordre, med vekt på naturvern.

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June 16, 2022 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

Ukichiro Nakaya’s Sense of Snow

“Ukichiro Nakaya’s Sense of Snow” with Sverker Sörlin, in Letters Sent from Heaven: Frozen and Vaporized Water: Ukichiro Nakaya and Fujiko Nakaya’s Science and Art, Jonatan Habib Engqvist and Marianne Hultman (eds.), (Oslo: OK Book, 2022), 125-131. [PDF].

April 25, 2022 at 10:37 am Leave a comment

Greenwashing a Nation

“Greenwashing a Nation,” LA+ Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (Spring 2022), 100-105. [PDF]

Norwegians like to think of Norway as being an alternative environmentally sound nation compared with the rest of the world. They fashion themselves and their country as a microcosm for a better macrocosm. The reality is that this greenwashing of a nation is powered by the money from the oil, and that my native Norway has little to be proud about.

April 8, 2022 at 11:44 am 1 comment

Time Landscape

“Time Landscape,” in Expansions: How Will We Live Together? Hashim Sarkis and Ala Tannir (eds.), (Venice: 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2021), 176-178. [PDF]

October 26, 2021 at 9:46 am Leave a comment

Cycles and circulation: a theme in the history of biology and medicine

Cycles and circulation: a theme in the history of biology and medicine,”History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43:89 (2021), 1-39. [PDF]

Nick Hopwood, Staffan Müller‑Wille, Janet Browne, Christiane Groeben, Shigehisa Kuriyama, Maaike van der Lugt, Guido Giglioni, Lynn K. Nyhart, Hans‑Jörg Rheinberger, Ariane Dröscher, Warwick Anderson, Peder Anker, Mathias Grote, Lucy van de Wiel, The Fifteenth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences


We invite systematic consideration of the metaphors of cycles and circulation as a long-term theme in the history of the life and environmental sciences and medicine. Ubiquitous in ancient religious and philosophical traditions, especially in representing the seasons and the motions of celestial bodies, circlesonce symbolized perfection. Over the centuries cyclic images in western medicine, natural philosophy, natural history and eventually biology gained independence from cosmology and theology and came to depend less on strictly circular forms. As potent ‘canonical icons’, cycles also interacted with representations of linear and irreversible change, including arrows, arcs, scales, series and trees, as in theories of the Earth and of evolution. In modern times life cycles and reproductive cycles have often been held to characterize life, in some cases especially female life, while human efforts selectively to foster and disrupt these cycles have harnessed their productivity in medicine and agriculture. But strong cyclic metaphors have continued to link physiology and climatology, medicine and economics, and biology and manufacturing, notably through the relations between land, food and population. From the grand nineteenth-century transformations of matter to systems ecology, the circulation of molecules through organic and inorganic compartments has posed the problem of maintaining identity in the face of flux and highlights the seductive ability of cyclic schemes to imply closure where no original state was in fact restored. More concerted attention to cycles and circulation will enrich analyses of the power of metaphors to naturalize understandings of life and their shaping by practical interests and political imaginations.

August 23, 2021 at 11:16 am 1 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.

November 6, 2020 at 8:53 am Leave a comment

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

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