Day 1: Tuesday 20th of February, UB 132 Aud

10.00 Registration and morning tea & coffee

10.30 Welcome & Opening poster exhibition in the foyer at UB

11.15 Lunch in the Teorifagskantina

12.15 Sandboxes (parallel)

Theme Facilitator Room

Nature conflicts

What are some of the challenges and promises of collaborative approaches – in and across academia? What are some of the ethical and methodological issues involved, and how do we deal with them? We speak English or Norwegian depending on who shows up.

Siv Ellen Kraft Árdna

Animals and more-than-human social worlds

The aim of this sandbox is to connect people who work on animals and human-animal relationships. We’ll present our research, point of view, and methodology, and explore common ground.

Sigfrid Kjeldaas  SVHUM C 1006

Arctic people: Reflections on ethics, perspectives, and approaches in research

We introduce ourselves and how/what/why we are doing research related to people in the Arctic. There will be the opportunity to ask questions to each other.

Torjer Olsen   TEO-H2 2.238 Møterom Dávggát

Scales of time: Arctic Islands in the Anthropocene

A brief, personal introduction to islands in the Anthropocene will be used to launch an open discussion on how our disciplines typically work with time, and whether alternative time perspectives are needed or not to engage more fully with the Anthropocene.

Eimear Tynan Breiviklia N-119

13.30 Break

14.00 Sandboxes (parallel)

Theme Facilitator Room

Human & environment relations

We will ask: What are the specific capacities of humanities and social sciences-based methodologies for addressing human-environment relations? What kinds of questions is our research particularly well/poorly equipped to address? What are specific examples of successful humanities and social sciences approaches to human-environment relations?

Justin Parks Árdna

Human & technology relations

How can perspectives rooted in the humanities contribute to better understandings of the multiple implications of technology for individuals and societies? We start with theoretical concepts and move on to concrete cases and the methods required for their critical analyses.

Holger Pötzsch SVHUM C 1006

Gender in the Arctic

How can humanities research with gender perspectives challenge and expand our understanding of the Arctic? In the sandbox, participants give examples from their own research. The purpose is to become better acquainted across units and projects, to highlight common themes, and to discuss potentials and challenges in Arctic gender research. This session will be most likely in Norwegian.

Silje Gaupseth

TEO-H1 Rom 1.225



Storytelling in the Humanities 

We will have a conversation about how stories can turn into academic text, and still be stories. This session will be most likely in Norwegian.

Lill Tove Fredriksen TEO-H1 Rom 1.258



15.30 Panel discussion at UB 132 Aud

18.00 Tapas dinner at Sjampagnekantina

ca. 20.30 LEAGUS 


LEAGUS is a contemporary and experimental musical duo from Sápmi - Norway, and whose music alternates between formal composed parts, open structures, and free improvisation, and ranges from subdued, minimalistic, psalm-like pieces to more rock-oriented improvised parts. 

Consisting of pianist Herborg Rundberg and guitarist Kristian Svalestad Olstad, LEAGUS was originally formed in 2013, as part of Herborg's Masters degree in Rhythmic Music at the Tromsø Conservatory.

The name LEAGUS is Sami slang for asking for something and originates in the area in which Herborg herself was born. It is her Sami background, and her work with traditional and classical music, along with Kristian's extended use of guitar and electronics, that forms the basis of LEAGUS' sound, which has, over time, developed into an exploratory and complex sonic universe.  

Over the years the duo has worked extensively on finding new, and different interactions between the piano and the guitar, which has led to the development of a new and progressive kind of musical togetherness. It is a sound that is highly dynamic with musical contrasts playing a big part in their concept.



Day 2: Wednesday 21. February, SVHum E 0101 Aud


08:45  Check-inn med Morning tea and coffee at SVHum E0101 Aud

09.00 Welcome

09.05 Keynote and Q&A with Sverker Sörlin, Professor of Environmental History and co-founder (in 2011) of the KTH Environmental Humanities Lab, currently chair of the EHL Steering Board, Zoom

Arctic Humanities: The Rise and Future of an Integrative Knowledge Field

There has been considerable development in the past couple of decades in the way the humanities perceive their roles and significance in academia and in societies. The 'new humanities' have been on the rise, marked by an openness toward addressing societal challenges. They often tend to look at organizational arrangements that make deep collaborations possible, on different timescales. I have myself talked about this as the 'integrative humanities' and have been part of work since about fifteen years to build the 'environmental humanities'. An area where integrative approaches were tried at an early stage is 'Arctic humanities' scholarship, partly because collaborations with the sciences are often expected and indeed necessary in Arctic research, partly because there is added value in broad collaborations within the humanities as well. I started talking about the Arctic humanities about a decade ago and have found it useful in a number of ways. In this presentation I will talk about these developments, my own experiences, and try to also look ahead.

10.15 Workshops

Topic Facilitator Room

Open Research: Perspectives from the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

In this workshop we are going to talk about a subset of Open Research practices, as explained in this blog post by Alexander Refsum Jensenius. Participants will receive information about requirements and recommendations, and will discuss the challenges and opportunities that Open Research presents to researchers in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Aysa Ekanger E0103

Art & Science

How do we create research projects that combines art and science? Through common fabulation, suggestions for creative and interdisciplinary research projects will be made.

Hanne Hammer Stien E0104

Arctic Networks

How do you develop a multi-national network? This workshop will explore how the UArctic Thematic Network Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity and the UNESCO/UNITWIN Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity have developed together. Examples of shared teaching and research will be explored.


Gregor Maxwell E0105

12.00 Brief orientation from the working groups at E 0101 Aud

12.30 How to move forward? E 0101 Aud

13.00 Lunch in Teorifagskantina