Online Event – Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape

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Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape

16-18th June, 2022 (8.30-18.00CET)

Virtual & In-Person

Please join us online or in-person for the Nordic Nature: Art, Ecology, Landscape conference hosted by
KODE Art Museums & Composer Homes/University Museum of Bergen.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gry Hedin, Curator, ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

This three-day conference looks to foreground new and vital conversations currently shaping Nordic art historical research on the natural world. Focusing on the encounter between art history, visual culture, nature, and the environment, we aim to redress the imbalance in Nordic art history that often emphasizes teleological national narratives, and instead situate encounters with nature in relation to more broad historical and contemporary perspectives, including, but not limited to, the transnational, environmental, post-colonial, and Indigenous.

Pressuring the intimate connections between humans and nature, new and emerging scholarship is intensely aware of the overlaps between the visual arts, environmental humanities, animal studies, Sámi bodies of knowledge, and de-colonialism. Through Nordic Nature we seek to build dialogue among scholars engaged in interdisciplinary art historical research, and to foster a conversation around how to move beyond National Romanticism as the primary way of understanding the visual culture of the Nordic environment.

Organizers: Dr. Isabelle Gapp (University of Toronto), Dr. Tonje Haugland-Sørensen (University of Bergen), and MaryClaire Pappas (Indiana University)

Supported by: KODE Art Museums & Composer Homes, University of Bergen, The Greenhouse at University of Stavanger, Fritt Ord Foundation, and Fridtjof Nansens Fond

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Isabelle Gapp is an Interdisciplinary Fellow in the Department of Art History at the University of Aberdeen. Her research and teaching considers the intersections between nineteenth and twentieth century landscape painting, gender, environmental history, and climate change across the Circumpolar North.

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