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Published

20 February 2015

Mistra and Formas in major Environmental Humanities
research initiative

Mistra and the Swedish Research Council Formas are funding an Environmental Humanities research programme to be led by Linköping University. The researchers will develop a platform for investigating environmental problems from the perspectives of the humanities. The programme funding will amount to SEK 50 million altogether, and this is the first Swedish initiative of its kind.

Mistra and the Swedish Research Council Formas are funding an Environmental Humanities research programme to be led by Linköping University. The researchers will develop a platform for investigating environmental problems from the perspectives of the humanities. The programme funding will amount to SEK 50 million altogether, and this is the first Swedish initiative of its kind.

The new programme is based on an application from Linköping University entitled The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory (EHC). This research collaboration will involve some 60 researchers from various disciplines in the humanities.

‘The initiative is a national one, although the work is being led from Linköping. We’ve managed to engage the very best people in a range of academic fields, and our ambition to achieve great things together,’ says Programme Manager Cecilia Åsberg, cultural scholar and Associate Professor of Gender Studies at Linköping University.

‘One requirement for attaining sustainable development of our society is for research to be extended to include a humanities perspective. Neither scientific nor technological research alone can solve the environmental problems we face. And that makes it vital for this initiative to get off the ground now,’ says Georgia Destouni, Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (Formas).

Mistra and Formas are contributing SEK 20 million each. Linköping University and its partners are also providing approximately SEK 10 million. For four years, six national and seven international higher education institutions will devote concerted efforts to bringing about broader, more in-depth environmental research from a humanities perspective.

The aim is to create an international centre for environmental humanities. This research field has roots in the 19th century, in the ideas of thinkers like Henry David Thoreau and John Muir, and is expanding in such countries as the United States and Australia.

‘The field is undergoing rapid international expansion,’ says Mistra’s Chief Executive, ‘and this programme will help to give Sweden a prominent position in environmental humanities research.’

The programme will bring together philosophers, anthropologists, gender scholars, historians and other academic specialists, and also artists with a high international profile.

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