Nav: Home

$434,000 to environmental humanities

December 05, 2016

The Seed Box, Sweden's largest research programme in the environmental humanities, is now allocating grants to researchers, writers and artists around the world. The projects investigate urgent environmental problems and present new, often artistic methods and pathways forward, aimed at exploring our relationship with the environment.

"Until now, the environment has mainly been a subject for natural science and engineering. But environmental issues are also very relevant for the humanities and social sciences. They concern values and human conditions, and these are the domains of the humanities. With the Seed Money we want to nurture good ideas and green initiatives from the humanities, from all round the world," says Cecilia Åsberg, professor of gender, nature and culture at Linköping University and programme director of the Seed Box, which is based at Linköping University.

The Seed Box's Seed Money venture aims to foster research in interdisciplinary and environmental humanities, by increasing researcher mobility and facilitating knowledge exchange between Swedish and foreign universities. To this end, 16 projects involving 40 individuals have received funding. The grants will go to exchanges for researchers, writers and artists, and to workshops, travel grants and a project on citizen science.

Herbarium 3.0, a project that has secured USD 43,434 (EUR 40,854), investigates the plants around us that we no longer see. Our history is full of collected and pressed plants that have been put into herbaria with data on how, where and when they were found. And yet, despite this robust botanical history, many humans are now notably blind to the plants that share our world.

"Plant blindness can make us insensitive to both the lives of plants and the deeply connected history of plant-human interactions. We want to move herbaria out of the archive and back into people's lives," says Tina Gianquitto, associate professor, Colorado School of Mines.

The project will create a website where the public can share their experiences and relationships with plants. The narratives will be collected in public gardens around the world, including the New York Botanical Garden and the Gothenburg Botanical Garden in Sweden.

The international projects that received funding will collaborate with a Swedish university, to bolster the exchange of knowledge.

"The Seed Box: An Environmental Humanities Collaboratory" is a four-year pilot programme funded by Mistra, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research and Formas, the Swedish Research Council. It is based at Linköping University and has received roughly USD 4.9 million (EUR 4.1 million) to advance the environmental humanities in Sweden and worldwide. The call for funding was made in consultation with the Seed Box's funders.
Projects granted Seed Money:

Hanna Husberg (Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna)
Project: Troubled atmosphere: On the governance of air
Will cooperate with Linköping University
Amount granted: SEK 111,000

Erika Sigvardsdotter (Red Cross University College) and Jonas Gren
Project: A poetic writer in residence. The return of bacteria - on the dangerous reduction of complex to complicated
Will cooperate with Linköping University
Amount granted: SEK 60,000

Franziska Bedorf (Uppsala University)
Project: Travelling exhibition. The Melting Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories: Of People, Land and Climate Change in East Africa.
Amount granted: SEK 175,000

Jesse Peterson (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Project: Two-day writer's workshop. Writing with Undisciplined Discipline: An Environmental Humanities Workshop.
Amount granted: SEK 88,000

Olga Cielemecka (Linköping University, The University of Arizona)
Project: Plantarium: Re-imagining green futurities
Amount granted: SEK 100,000

Katherine Gibson (Western Sydney University)
Project: Urban Food Economies: Re-thinking Value for 'More-than-Capitalist' Futures.
Will cooperate with KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Amount granted: SEK 180,000

Thorvadur Arnason (University of Reykjavik)
Project: Bifrost Multimodal Action and Platform
Amount granted: SEK 420,000

Tina Gianquitto (Colorado School of Mines, USA) project: Herbaria 3.0.
Will cooperate with University of Gothenburg
Amount granted: SEK 400,000

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén (Linköping University) Project: A Tropology of Conceptual Climate Change
Amount granted: SEK 450,000

Sebastian Ureta (Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile) with Linda Soneryd (University of Gothenburg)
Project: Assembling transnational toxic bodies: Embodying and mobilizing responsibility on the 'Arica Victims VS Boliden Minerals AB' case
Will cooperate with University of Gothenburg
Amount granted: SEK 505,000

Marco Armiero (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
Project: The United Toxic Autobiographies of Europe.
Amount granted: SEK 365,000

Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw (Western University, Canada) with Maria Svedäng (Stockholm University) Astrida Neimanis, (University of Sydney)
Project: The Wild Weathering Collaboratory
Amount granted: SEK 275,000

Jennifer Mae Hamilton (University of Sydney)
Project: Research travel, Weathering the City
Will cooperate with Linköping University
Amount granted: SEK 75,000

Therese Asplund (Linköping University)
Project: Narratives as a bridge-building practice? Exploring thresholds for climate maladaptation
Amount granted: SEK 218,000

Ylva Uggla (Örebro University)
Project: Visualization of biodiversity in EU policy.
Amount granted: SEK 195,000

Åsa Össbo (Umeå University)
Project: Damage done: Exploring the ongoing consequences for Sami communities as a result of the Swedish hydropower development.
Amount granted: SEK 372,000

Linköping University

Related Plants Articles:

Ordering in? Plants are way ahead of you
Dissolved carbon in soil can quench plants' ability to communicate with soil microbes, allowing plants to fine-tune their relationships with symbionts.
When good plants go bad
Conventional wisdom suggests that only introduced species can be considered invasive and that indigenous plant life cannot be classified as such because they belong within their native range.
How plants handle stress
Plants get stressed too. Drought or too much salt disrupt their physiology.
Can plants tell us something about longevity?
The oldest living organism on Earth is a plant, Methuselah a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) (pictured below) that is over 5,000 years old.
Plants might be helping each other more than thought
Contrary to the long-held belief that plants in the natural world are always in competition, new research has found that in harsh environments mature plants help smaller ones -- and thrive as a result.
Not all plants are good for you
A new scientific review highlights a significant global health issue related to plants that sicken or kill undernourished people around the world, including those who depend upon these plants for sustenance.
How plants react to fungi
Using special receptors, plants recognize when they are at risk of fungal infection.
Flame retardants -- from plants
Flame retardants are present in thousands of everyday items, from clothing to furniture to electronics.
Directed evolution comes to plants
Accelerating plant evolution with CRISPR paves the way for breeders to engineer new crop varieties.
Plants are also stressed out
What will a three-degree-warmer world look like? When experiencing stress or damage from various sources, plants use chloroplast-to-nucleus communication to regulate gene expression and help them cope.
More Plants News and Plants Current Events

Trending Science News

Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) News

Top Science Podcasts

We have hand picked the top science podcasts of 2020.
Now Playing: TED Radio Hour

Climate Mindset
In the past few months, human beings have come together to fight a global threat. This hour, TED speakers explore how our response can be the catalyst to fight another global crisis: climate change. Guests include political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac, diplomat Christiana Figueres, climate justice activist Xiye Bastida, and writer, illustrator, and artist Oliver Jeffers.
Now Playing: Science for the People

#562 Superbug to Bedside
By now we're all good and scared about antibiotic resistance, one of the many things coming to get us all. But there's good news, sort of. News antibiotics are coming out! How do they get tested? What does that kind of a trial look like and how does it happen? Host Bethany Brookeshire talks with Matt McCarthy, author of "Superbugs: The Race to Stop an Epidemic", about the ins and outs of testing a new antibiotic in the hospital.
Now Playing: Radiolab

Speedy Beet
There are few musical moments more well-worn than the first four notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. But in this short, we find out that Beethoven might have made a last-ditch effort to keep his music from ever feeling familiar, to keep pushing his listeners to a kind of psychological limit. Big thanks to our Brooklyn Philharmonic musicians: Deborah Buck and Suzy Perelman on violin, Arash Amini on cello, and Ah Ling Neu on viola. And check out The First Four Notes, Matthew Guerrieri's book on Beethoven's Fifth. Support Radiolab today at