On September 28th, the department for Culture and Learning hosted its first kick-off workshop as part of the “Humanities, Climate and Green Transitions” initiative. The aim with the initiative is to gather and share knowledge, projects and research related to sustainability, primarily within the department of Culture and Learning at Aalborg University. To foster a network of researchers and share knowledge within the department, there is a new website where all activities, contacts and findings will be collected.
The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the awareness of the broad perspectives towards climate and green transitions within the humanities and social sciences. Themes such as climate change, green transition and innovation have a prominent position on current and future research agendas, but with local livelihoods and the wellbeing of people and communities being affected as a result of climate change, there is a need to pose qualitative and ethical questions.
The workshop was simultaneously held in Aalborg and Copenhagen, where researchers showed in what diverse ways they are working with issues related to humans, nature, climate and green transitions, varying from perspectives on literature, infrastructure and politics. See a short summary of the program here:
Introduction by Lill Rastad Bjørst (Associate Professor at Department for Culture and Learning)
- What is sustainability and how has the concept been used over the years in research?
Presentation by Keld Thorgård (Head of Department, Department of Culture and Learning)
- Research on sustainability within the Department for Culture and Learning
Presentation of six green research projects:
- Jesper Willaing Zeuthen (Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Society)
“Totally Green. Green as a development model in an authoritarian state.”
- Jens Kirk (Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Learning)
“Grønne omstillinger og engelsk samtidslitteratur”
- Lill Rastad Bjørst (Associate Professor at Department for Culture and Learning)
“FACE-IT - The Future of Arctic Coastal Ecosystems - Identifying Transitions in Fjord Systems and Adjacent Coastal Areas”
- Laura Bang Lindegaard (Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Learning)
- Anders Horsbøl (Associate professor, Department of Communication and Psychology)
“Mennesker, klima og grøn omstilling”
- Astrid Oberborbeck Andersen (Associate Professor, Department of Culture and Learning)
”Muskox Pathways: Ecologies and Resources in Greenland”.
- Astrid participated online and sent a video where she shared information about her fieldwork in Greenland and The Network for Global Justice and the Environmental Humanities.
- Presentation by Esben Hjuler (Funding advisor, Fundraising and Project Management)
Funding opportunities and EU-funds
The next event will be held in November where collaboration with private and public companies and stakeholders will be discussed. Stay tuned on the website for more news