Photos taken at Forum 2. Tuesday, February 27, 2-4 pm., Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), lecture room D112

Dr. Paula Schönach, Research Coordinator for the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), introduced the brand new institute. Together we’ll explore for various possibilities for cooperation and discuss the role of environmental humanities at HELSUS.




Helsinki University Humanities Program, Environmental Humanities Seminar

First, organizational meeting:

Tuesday, January 30, at 2 pm, Lecture room D112 in the Topelia complex (Unioninkatu 38, the central campus of the University of Helsinki). All welcome!

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Preliminary program for the HUH Environmental Humanities Seminar / Spring 2018:


Tuesday, January 30, 2-4 pm., Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), lecture room D112

–       Organizational meeting


Tuesday, February 27, 2-4 pm., Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), lecture room D112

–       Open for presentation(s)


Tuesday, March 20, 2-4 pm., Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), lecture room D112

–       Ulrike Plath & Julia Tofantšuk (University of Tallinn)


Tuesday, April 24, 2-4 pm., Unioninkatu 38 (Topelia), lecture room A206

–       Open for presentation(s)

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Workshop programme

27.4.2017 Thursday

Venue: Lecture room 5, Main building (Fabianinkatu 33)

9:00-9:10: Welcoming – Introducing the project and its members

9:10-10:40: Keynote Session:

Julija Lajus (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg)

Richard Tucker (University of Michigan)

Pepijn van Eeden (Université libre de Bruxelles)

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Commanding the Environment or Green Dictatorships? Nature-Culture – Nature-Society Relationships in Authoritarian Regimes

The two-day seminar offers an interdisciplinary initiative to study the evolution of authoritarian systems through the prism of how these regimes relate to their physical environment. There is a general assumption that, in comparison with liberal democratic systems, authoritarian regimes have less concern for nature preservation as they have less apprehension about their citizens’ wellbeing. There is, however, a globally rising awareness of the declining state of the environment (climate change, pollution, resource depletion, overpopulation) that endangers the existence of any human political system. Authoritarian leaders have begun to show more and more interest in global discussions and processes aiming to find joint solutions to the fast deteriorating physical environment. Simultaneously, there is a growing social consciousness and flow of information generating civic activism with an environmental agenda.

Taking into consideration this complex context, the seminar aims to investigate the nature-culture and nature-society relationship of any modern authoritarian regime.  The organizers suggest the following sub-themes for consideration in relation to the natural environment in authoritarian regimes:

  • Perception of the environment: ideology, rhetoric, politics, culture and education
  • Environmental management: change and continuity
  • Civic response and power dynamics: actors, networks, action-models
  • Pressures of the spatial context: international – regional – national – local perspectives

Confirmed speakers include:  Stephen Brain (Mississippi State University)  Pepijn van Eeden (Université libre de Bruxelles)  Julia Lajus (Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg)  Jonathan Oldfield (University of Birmingham)