Breathe in, breathe out – and publish

Project member Henrik Hovland Svensen participates in two recently published books:

Laila Kongevold, Stefan Christiansen, Anja Bjørshol (red.), Henrik H. Svensen (red.), Geir Dokken (foto): Verdens navleThe beautiful art book Verdens navle  was launched on October 15, 2023, with literary readings, a panel discussion and of course, champagne. The book centers around a sculpture collection by Laila Kongevold and Stefan Christiansen at Aukra Care Center on the island Gossen. Through photos by Geir Dokken, combined with poetry, essays and literary fiction, the artwork initiates discussions of care – for humans and for nature. Henrik is one of the editors of the book, and has written two chapters; “Pust inn, pust ut” which follows oxygen stored in layers of rock, and “Den nye sfæren” which discusses the technosphere. Project member Marit Ruge Bjærke has written the chapter “Å ta plass”, about how humans demarcate, define and take up space in the world.

Henrik H. Svensen leads panel discussion with Laila Kongevold, Lene Liebe Delsett, and Arve Rød at House of Foundation in Moss. (Photo: Erling Espolin Johnson)

The edited book Responding to the Anthropocene: Perspectives from twelve academic disciplines by Ursula Münster, Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Sara Asu Schroer was also published last week. Here, Henrik participates with a chapter entitled “Anthropocene encounters in deep time”. The book is published open access and presents perspectives on the Anthropocene from a number of academic disciplines – archaeology, biology, geology, cultural history, literature, art history, science and technology studies, anthropology, political ecology, geography and law.