Three Masters students received the Arne Næss stipend which aims to promote research on the ethical and cultural aspects of innovation for a sustainable future.
As Arne Næss Fellows, the three students are part of the Arne Næss Program in Global Justice and the Environment, and will have the opportunity to lead humanistic research on development and the environment at SUM.
Nina Witoszek, Arne Næss program manager, looks forward to working with the three young researchers.
– This year, the students of Arne Næss are facing an exciting challenge: they will speak with the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Olga Tokarczuk, at the annual Arne Næss Symposium. It’s rare for science to meet poetry in college, so we’ll have to work hard to perform a mental “death flip” and make the environmental debate not only respectful but also beautiful.
In addition to creating the “Arne Næss Hub” at SUM, students will contribute to the Arne Næss Symposium on August 25-26.
Master’s student projects
The three holders of the Arne Næss stipends for 2022 are students participating in the master’s course “Development, environment and cultural change” at SUM.
Jenna Stepanic’s research project responds to the call of degrowth for a modified human-nature relationship that is not based on domination and exploitation. It does this by bringing the recently developed degrowth literature into dialogue with the long history of ecological thought and practice of anarchism. Through an intellectual history of anarchist political ecology as well as a media analysis of more recent anarchist zines, blogs, and action releases, he seeks to re-imagine the ways in which humans interact with their environment.
Andrew Turner Poeppel focuses on urban environmental movements and ecological awareness in cities. Her research project examines eco-ethics and collective identity among climate activists in Oslo, Norway. Drawing on environmental philosophy and social movement studies, he investigates the ethics of human-environment relations, taking an interdisciplinary approach to 21st century environmentalism.
Johannes Jacob Nagel’s research project is a philosophical inquiry into the moral obligations of societies and state actors in the face of the global fallout from the climate crisis. It aims to account for the difficulties in conceiving of states as moral actors, to examine influential perspectives such as cosmopolitanism and statism, and to comment on fundamental issues such as the moral relevance of national borders. His research is motivated by the belief that Western societies are conceptually underprepared to coherently articulate and debate their obligations to assist foreign nationals abroad who will be disproportionately affected by the climate crisis over the next decades.
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