Thom van Dooren Ventures to Northern Lands for Exciting New Research

University of Sydney Associate Professor Thom van Dooren has been appointed to a new position as a Professor II at the Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH), University of Oslo.

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From 2020 to 2022 Thom will spend a period of a few weeks each year at OSEH and will be collaborating with staff and students on a range of projects, both in person and from a distance. It is hoped that this position will form a foundation for an ongoing collaboration between SEI and OSEH.

OSEH was founded in 2019 with a similar mandate to SEI, “to strengthen research and teaching that engages with the current climatic and environmental crisis from interdisciplinary perspectives.” The School brings together researchers from across the university with a particular emphasis on the humanities and social sciences.

Thom’s first scheduled visit to OSEH will take place from 3-23 August 2020. During this period, he’ll be co-hosting an intensive workshop with OSEH staff Ursula Münster and Hugo Reinert called Unworlding and Reworlding: Extinction, Extraction, Emergence. The workshop is jointly funded by SEI and OSEH and will focus on multispecies studies approaches to understanding and responding to processes of violence, loss, and damage – as well as their resistance.


Thom van Dooren is Associate Professor and Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and the Sydney Environment Institute at the University of Sydney, and founding co-editor of the journal Environmental Humanities (Duke University Press). His research and writing focus on some of the many philosophical, ethical, cultural, and political issues that arise in the context of species extinctions and human entanglements with threatened species and places. He is the author of Flight Ways: Life and Loss at the Edge of Extinction (2014), The Wake of Crows: Living and Dying in Shared Worlds (2019), and co-editor of Extinction Studies: Stories of Time, Death, and Generations (2017), all published by Columbia University Press.