Environments and Technologies, March 17, 2014

Allison Carruth (English and Institute of the Environment & Sustainability, UCLA) is the author of Global Appetites: American Power and the Literature of Food (Cambridge, 2013). Her research and teaching interests include the environmental humanities, contemporary literature and new media art, American food movements, critical food studies and science and technology studies. Her current book project is Radical Gardens, Digital Times: From Server Farms to Seed Libraries in Contemporary American Culture. Professor Carruth has served as an editor for Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities and Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and CultureShe is also a key research with the North American Observatory of Humanities for the Environment and the co-founder of a collaborative public art and environmental outreach project called Play the LA River.

Heather Houser (English, University of Texas at Austin) is the author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect (Columbia, 2014), which argues that contemporary fiction uses affect to bring audiences to environmental consciousness through the sick body. In 2013-2014, she was a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and her essays appear or will appear in American Literary History, Los Angeles Review of Books, Public Culture, American Literature, and other journals. Houser is currently working on a new project, titled “Environmental Art and the Infowhelm” for now, that gives an account of the aesthetics of information management across environmental media.

Dolly Jørgensen (Environmental History, Umeå University) is a Researcher in the Department of Ecology & Environmental Science at Umeå University in Sweden and is currently president of the European Society for Environmental History. Jørgensen brings her background in engineering—she holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with an Environmental Engineering specialty and she has worked for engineering consulting firms—to her study of environmental history. While her master’s and PhD projects focused on medieval environmental issues, her postdoctoral project examined policies about converting offshore oil and gas platforms into artificial reefs. Jørgensen is currently working on a project about the role of history in the reintroduction of mammals in Norway and Sweden and is focusing on the beaver and muskox in the first phase of this project. She is also an editor for the book series The Environment in History: International Perspectives with Berghahn Books, a co-founder of the Environmental History Network for the Middle Ages (ENFORMA), and the H-Environment book review editor for non-US environmental history books.

Sverker Sörlin (Environmental History, KTH) researches the roles and functions of knowledge in environmentally informed modern societies. His current research projects encompass the science politics of climate change through the lenses of glaciology and sea ice; the emergence of and changes within environmental expertise; historical images of Arctic futures; and the environmental turn in the humanities and the social sciences. With Paul Warde and Libby Robin, he co-edited The Future of Nature: Documents of Global Change (Yale, 2013), and the three are currently co-authoring a conceptual and intellectual history of the environment, provisionally entitled The Environment—A History. Sörlin is engaged in environmental and research policy advice in Sweden and internationally; he has served on the Swedish Government’s Research Advisory Board and currently serves on the Government’s Environmental Research Board. He is also a regular contributor to the largest Swedish daily the Dagens Nyheter, appears frequently in the public media, has conducted film and documentary projects for national radio and television, and writes narrative non-fiction. Sörlin was instrumental in founding the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory.

Alexa Weik von Mossner (American Studies, University of Klagenfurt, Austria) worked for several years in the German film and television industry as a production manager and later scriptwriter before earning her PhD in Literature at the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Her research focuses on American and postcolonial literature and film. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Minds: Literature, Emotion, and the Transnational Imagination (U of Texas Press, 2014), the editor of Moving Environments: Affect, Emotion, Ecology, and Film (Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2014), and the co-editor, with Sylvia Mayer, of The Anticipation of Catastrophe: Environmental Risk in North American Literature and Culture (Universitätsverlag Winter, Heidelberg, American Studies Series). Weik von Mossner’s new book project explores the role of emotion and affect in the imagination of global ecological risk scenarios with a focus on American popular culture narratives. She is an Affiliate of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, where she curates the environmental film series Green Visions.