Life In the Top 5%

"You're now in the top 5% of researchers on Academia by 30-day views!" I got the above email notification to my smartphone (until I get a sponsorship deal from ****e  I'll just call it a generic smartphone) this past weekend and just thought that it was kinda funny. I actually thought it was a mistake of … Continue reading Life In the Top 5%

Working-class Environmentalism

The postgraduate forum for Environment, Literature, and Culture (ELC) announced a  new CfA (Call for Applications) on their website recently. The CfA concerns the annual conference/workshop for postgraduate students working with questions related to the confluence of environmental issues and culture. This year's workshop will take place in Venice, Italy (not a bad venue) on November … Continue reading Working-class Environmentalism

Busy Weeks

It's been a busy couple of weeks. I wrote a bit of a negative post a while back about things being so uncertain and having to just wait for stuff to happen, but luckily there's been lots of movement on that front lately. First, the EASLCE webinar on ecophobia took place last weekend and I'm happy … Continue reading Busy Weeks

New Book Review Out

This winter I wrote a book review essay of Hubert Zapf's excellent new book Literature as Cultural Ecology. Zapf is an important figure within current ecocritical scholarship, and it was an honor to be asked to review his newest book. Writing a three or four page essay isn't of course as big of a deal as … Continue reading New Book Review Out

EASLCE Webinar on Ecophobia

I'm glad to announce the new EASLCE (The European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture, and the Environment) webinar also here on extremeresearcher. The webinar is hosted by prominent ecocritic Simon Estok and will take place on 20 May. I first got acquainted with Simon Estok's work and his ecophobia concept during my course … Continue reading EASLCE Webinar on Ecophobia

Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Believe in Ecocriticism, and ye shall be established; believe its prophets, and ye shall prosper! The first day of spring yesterday was a fun one. I was invited* to give a lecture on ecocriticism to a class of high schoolers at the international IB high school here in Vaasa. The idea was that since the students are right now getting ready … Continue reading Preachin’ the Ecocriticism Gospel to the Young’uns

Stone and Resistance

While I was studying ecocriticism in Turkey, professor Oppermann introduced us to Jeffrey J. Cohen's amazing book Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman. I'm currently browsing the book again for my upcoming article on material ecocriticism and the male mountain athlete's embodied relation to nature. The book provides an absolutely fascinating look into the materiality and … Continue reading Stone and Resistance

Progressing Along

So, I'm back from another trip up north and have settled back in the familiar work rhythm. This post will be another progress report where I quickishly discuss the recent goings-on. I once again attended the Abisko Ice Climbing Festival in Arctic Sweden. I've already collected most of the ethnographic data that I'll need for the … Continue reading Progressing Along

‘Tis the Scholarship Season

  I've been too busy to blog lately, as most of my time has gone to writing funding applications. I've been lucky enough to receive funding the past two scholarship seasons, i.e. spring 2015 (from The Graduate School of the University of Vaasa) and 2016 (from The South Ostrobothnian Foundation), but I now need one … Continue reading ‘Tis the Scholarship Season