Reflections on the field

As a historian, I’ve thought about larger issues related to environmental history and history of technology and the way we ‘do’ those disciplines. This page highlights this reflective work.


Aesthetics of energy landscapes

Dolly Jørgensen and Finn Arne Jørgensen, “Aesthetics of Energy Landscapes,” Environment, Space, Place 10, no. 1 (2018): 1-14 Abstract: Energy landscapes are entangled with technological infrastructures. Interro- gating these infrastructures is a critical move for the environmental humani- ties, as these infrastructures carry ideas as well as power across the…

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Canadian Modernity as an Icon of the Anthropocene

In Made Modern: Science and Technology in Canadian History, edited by Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock, 348-357 (UBC Press, 2018) Abstract: When I was asked to write a closing reflection on this volume on science and technology in Canadian history, I immediately thought of paper money as a symbol of…

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Envisioning North from a Premodern Perspective

Dolly Jørgensen and Virginia Langum, “Envisioning north from a premodern perspective,” in Visions of North in Premodern Europe, ed. Dolly Jørgensen and Virginia Langum (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), 1-11. This is the introduction to our volume exploring who and what was in the North according to people in the ancient, medieval,…

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Artifacts and habitats

In The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, ed. Ursula Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann, 138-143. Routledge, 2017. Abstract: Humans see distinctions between artifacts, which are constructed by human hands with human ingenuity, and nature, which we tend to think of as somehow not made by humans even if…

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Anthropocene Animals

I held a public talk called “Anthropocene Animals: How humans are changing the planet and its inhabitants” at the Bildmuseet in Umeå, Sweden, in September 2016. The lecture was held in conjunction with the opening of the Perpetual Uncertainty exhibit about the nuclear age. You can see it here: https://vimeo.com/187611816

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A new place for stories: Blogging as an environmental history research tool

In Methodological Challenges in Nature-Culture and Environmental History Research, ed. Jocelyn Thorpe, Stephanie Rutherford, and L. Anders Sandberg, 246-257. Routledge, 2017. Abstract: In this chapter I present an experiment: five pseudo-posts about blogging. I call them pseudo-posts because unlike the true online format of a blog, clickable links and embedded…

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The Anthropocene as a History of Technology

Finn Arne Jørgensen and Dolly Jørgensen, Technology and Culture 57(1):231-237. This exhibit review discusses the Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands exhibit at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, within the context of how history of technology should engage with the Anthropocene concept. We argue that technology is the linchpin in the Anthropocene as…

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History for a sustainable future

I gave a presentation titled ‘History for a sustainable future’ for a group of parliamentary representatives and researchers in the Sällskapet Riksdagsledamöter och Forskare (RIFO) as part of a seminar on environmental humanities on 14 October 2015. My talk stressed the need to incorporate environmental history and historical research into the environmental policy process.…

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Podcast with Lund University

An interview with me was recorded for the Department of History at Lund University on 16 October 2014. I talk about the field of environmental history, as well as my own work. The podcast starts and ends with some Swedish commentary. The interview with me goes from 05:30 to 30:00 and…

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