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Wrapping 2021

The year 2021 is coming to an end and this blog will have some well deserved vacation over the holidays. But before we go all  in Christmas, let us look back on some of the great things that happened at the Division this year!

While a few colleagues left us for other adventures, we welcomed new members to the Division. Klara Müller joined us as a new PhD student in the Making Universities Matter-project, and Linus Salö re-joined us as her main supervisor at the very start of 2021. About half a year later Erik Ljungberg started his PhD trainging with us aiming on the History of Media and Environment with a focus on AI and autonomous systems.

Nuno Marques started his international postdoc with us and the EHL in July with the project Air Epistemologies: Practices of Ecopoetry in Ibero American Atmospheres. Soon after him, Tirza Meyer join us as a postdoc in the project The Mediated Planet: Claiming Data for Environmental SDGs led by Sabine Höhler. We were also happy to recieve the news that Lina Rahm, who has been with us as a Ragnar Holm fellow since last fall, will start her position Assistant Professor in the History of Media and Environment with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems at the Division from January 1 2022.

Three doctoral students successfully defended their thesis this year:

New projects got funding! Harnessing the Heat Below our Feet, with Marco Armiero and Ethemcan Turhan (from University of Groningen). Lize-Marie van der Watt and Kati Lindström received funding from RJ for the project Decay Without Mourning: Future-thinking Heritage Practices. And as reported recently, both Eric Paglia and Fredrik Bertilsson was granted funding from Fromas this fall. To mention just a few projects.

What else happened? Well, Kati Lindström became a member of the Estonian Polar Research Committee. Johan Gärdebo recieved the DHST Dissertation Prize for best dissertation 2019. David Nilsson was elected a member of WaterAid Sweden’s board. Daniele Valisena, received the ESEH Dissertation Prize from the European Society for Environmental History for best doctoral dissertation 2019-2020, Coal Lives: Italians and the Metabolism of Coal in Wallonia, Belgium, 1945-1980 (supervisor Marco Armiero ).

Above all this, Sverker Sörlin was awarded twice during the fall. First with the Grand Gold Medal by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), “for outstanding work as an innovative researcher, research leader and active public debater and for his significant contributions and deep commitment to research and higher education.” A few weeks later he was awarded the The Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala awards Sverker Sörlin the Thuréus Prize, for “outstanding contributions as a pioneer in environmental history, or” environmental humanities “, in Sweden and internationally, and for his extensive activities as a research policy author and debater”

Nina Wormbs received the Nature & Culture popular science work scholarship of SEK 100,000 to write a book on Climate Grief (Klimatsorg).

And finally, on December 9 Kati Lindström was accepted as a Docent in History of Science, Technology and Environment with a specialization in Environmental Humanities and Uses of History.

Not to forget all the events and  publications, opinion pieces and worskhops. Some of them you will find if you scroll down the history of this blog. Again, just to mention a few things. Thank you to everyone who subscribed, shared and followed us during the year. We hope to see you in 2022 again!