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Keynote speaker Rob Nixon is the Rachel Carson & Elisabeth Ritzmann Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  His keynote is entitled: "Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene". Rob believes strongly in the value of studying literature from a variety of international, interdisciplinary perspectives in our age of accelerating globalization and advancing climate crisis. Key questions that are fore grounded in his research and writing include: environmental time, environmentalism in the global South, the art of the memoir, travel writing, public writing, transAtlanticism, memory, and migration. Rob is affiliated with the Center for Culture, History and Environment; the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; Border and Transcultural Studies; and African Studies. His recent book "Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor" from Harvard University Press, has won several major literary prizes, among which the 2012 American Book Award.

Nicola Angrisano enters the media scene one day in 2003. Being a carismatic and mysterious person, he quickly becomes the promoter of guerilla communication initiatives for the liberation of the infosphere. His action ground is the area of Naples; in 2004, driving of a group of media activists, he turns on the first transmitter: this is a disturbing sign that creates "ripples on the monotone and smooth surface of the media landsacpe". insu^tv is born, a pirate television station in Naples that broadcasts in a shadow cone of the frequency S19. Now, outside signal ether, Nicolangrisano is in Naples, Bologna, Pavia, Roma, Il Cairo, Milwaukee, Torino, Reggio Calabria and around the world.

Dag Avango is a researcher, PhD in History of Technology, specializing in industrial heritage research, and with an education background from Stockholm University in archeology, human geography, ethnology and cultural heritage. His research primarily deals with the relationship between scientific research, natural resource exploitation and geopolitics in the Polar Regions (Arctic and Antarctic). A related research interest is industrial heritage, in particular the problem on how and why actors produce historical narratives about industrial society and its material remains.

Stefania Barca (Naples 1968) is senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC), where she co-directs the PhD program 'Democracy in the 21st century', and holds the title of associate professor in Modern History and in Economic History (by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research - MIUR). Her publications include a number of articles in Italian and international journals, and three books. Her Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press 2010), has been awarded the Turku Prize for best monography in European environmental history in 2011. She has served as vice-president of CES' scientific board and co-coordinator of the research group on 'Social policies, labor and inequalities'; she currently serves as CES coordinator for the EU funded research network in Political Ecology Marie Curie ITN 'Entitle'. Her current research interests span across environmental history and political ecology, with a focus on the relationship between labor and the environment in transnational perspective.

Peter Boger is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and has worked as the primary programmer for Tales from Planet Earth in 2009, 2012, and 2013. He first became involved with Tales in 2007, when his student film, In a Badger State of Mind , was one of the festival trailers and later played at the Hazel Wolf Film Festival in Seattle in 2008. In addition to his work on Tales, he has served as a volunteer programmer for the Wisconsin Film Festival and guest curated for the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's Rooftop Cinema Series. His dissertation looks at the impact of film's creation of celebrity animal species, with a focus on penguins, elephants, and wolves.

Torbjörn Bäck is associate Professor in experimental Nuclear Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology(KTH)in Stockholm. His research studies the inner structure of atomic nuclei by measuring and analyzing the radiation they emit. He teaches nuclear physics and radiation at the civil engineer- and master programs at KTH.

Gunnel Cederlöf is professor of history at Uppsala University since 2011. From 2014 to 2015, she is a research fellow at the Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment. During this period, she is also a guest professor at the Linnaeus University, the Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, and a researcher at Uppsala University, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. From Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2019, she is a Visiting Professor at School of Humanities, Shiv Nadar University, India. The appointment is part of an initiative for developing environmental research in the humanities and social sciences. It relates to KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory. Her work spans the environmental, legal and colonial history of early modern and modern India and the British Empire.

CEMUS - Selena Shannon, Annika Blau and Lakin Andersson

Selena is a film and sustainability student working in independent film and documentary. She has also volunteered extensively with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Annika is a media and sustainability student. She has worked for Australian documentary production company TOTM Film and on other Sydney-based short-films. She also works as a journalist and currently writes an opinion column for the Sydney Opera House. She has been involved with environmental activism for many years, working in Media roles in Australian organisations. Lakin is a master’s student in Sustainable Development, and he coordinates the course Sustainable Design: ecology, culture and human built worlds at the Center for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University. His recent work includes ICASSA Sweden, an NGO that designs digital infrastructure for adressing sustainability problems. CEMUS is a unique student initiated and primarily student-run university center with the explicit ambition to contribute to a better world. CEMUS’ three main pillars are: Student-Led Education, Collaboration & Partnership and Transdisciplinary Research.

Miyase Christensen is Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Director of Research at Stockholm Univ., Guest Professor at the Dep. of Philosophy and History of Technology, Science and the Environment at KTH; and Visiting Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture and Division Chair at ICA. Her research areas include social theory, globalization and space; media policies; and, politics of popular communication. Her current project focuses on the mediatization of  climate changes in the Arctic, and she recently co-edited the volume When the Ice Breaks: Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change (2013).

Giacomo D’Alisa. In 2004 I graduated in Economics of International Trade and Market Value at “Parthenope” University of Naples (Italy); in 2006 I finalized an higher training scheme in Management of Sustainable development and an higher education course in History of Ethics and Politics Thoughts. In May 2010 I got the Ph.D. in Economics and Technologies for Sustainable Development at University di Foggia (Italy). Since 2010 I have been working at the Institute of Technology and Environmental Science (ICTA), Autonomous University Barcelona (UAB) in Spain. My research interests are about Environmental Economics, Ecological economics, Sustainable Development, Public goods, Commons, Social Metabolism, Environmental conflicts, and Water security. I focus on water and waste resources after spending some years as activist in Naples against the privatization of water and for a better management of waste in Campania Region (Italy). For the last year and half I have been working on human security, mudslides and civil protection system in Italy, as part of CLICO , a EU FP7 funded project. Currently I am working as project manager of the ENTITLE , an EU FP7 Initial Training Network under the Marie Curie actions. I am also part of R&D Barcelona group exploring the idea of de-growth, i.e. a smooth disappearing of the hypertrophic modern individual.

Natasha Fijn is a College of the Arts and Social Sciences Research Fellow at The Australian National University. Natasha’s research engages with the exciting sub-disciplines of visual anthropology and human-animal studies. Her ongoing interest is in cross-cultural perceptions and attitudes toward other animals; as well as the use of multimedia, particularly observational filmmaking, as an integral part of her research.  Natasha is involved in teaching courses within the Masters of Visual Culture Research Program at the ANU.  Her current project engages with significant totemic animals to Yolngu in northeast Arnhem Land. She also carries out research amongst semi-nomadic herders and their herd animals in the Khangai Mountains of Mongolia.

Maja Fjaestad is an Assistant professor, Ph.D. in History of Technology at the Division of History of Science Technology and Environment at KTH. She has focused on energy and energy systems and its social, technological, political components. Currently, she works on a project called "The Geopolitics of Energy. Swedish International Dependencies in a Historical Perspective" founded by the Swedish Research Council. In this project she investigates Swedish uranium dependencies. She recently published an article about social acceptance of wind power connected to time-specific conditions. Maja currently leads a PhD course on research communication at the Division History of Science Technology and Environment.

Johan Gärdebo is a Ph.D. Candidate since fall 2013 at the Royal Institute of Technology within the Environmental Humanities Laboratory (EHL) . He holds bachelor degrees in Arts and Social Sciences and conducted master studies within the research node Mind and Nature Mind and NatureMind and NatureMind and NatureMind and Nature at Uppsala University prior to becoming a Ph.D. Candidate at the EHL. His current research focus is on Swedish development of remote sensing as it emerged and developed 1970-2000 in relation to the international and bi-, tri-lateral collaborations to which Swedish satellite projects were committed. The areas around which I position my research are remote technology, globality, mapping and different types of expertise.

Maria Hadjimichael. With the life motto of ‘You can never sink a rainbow’, Maria Hadjimichael is a scholar activist who focuses on environmental and common property resource governance and with a specific emphasis on marine and coastal issues. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Innovative Fisheries Management of Aalborg University in Denmark where through research and understanding of coastal and marine governance, Maria is trying to advocate the concept of reclaiming the right to the sea, trying to bring people together and form a new radical movement to counter the wave that is promoting the ‘Blue economy’. Having spent 5 months as an intern at the DG MARE, the Maritime and Fisheries Directorate of the European Commission, she gained an in depth understanding of how institutions work. Maria is also an active member in a number of citizen initiatives and movements particularly in Cyprus, her home country. Through these movements, she combines her theoretical background on environmental and social justice and knowledge of institutional system, to write popular articles that will empower people to fight for their rights.

Rosanne Kennedy (PhD Duke) is Associate Professor of Literature and Gender, Sexuality and Culture at the Australian National University. She has led nationally competitive research and teaching grants, and is a member of the Transnational Network in Memory Studies. Her research interests include trauma, transnational memory, human rights, law and culture, and more recently, environmental humanities. Her articles have appeared in numerous books and journals including Memory Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Biography, Studies in the Novel, Women's Studies Quarterly, Australian Humanities Review, and Profession. Her article ‘Humanity’s Footprint: Reading Rings of Saturn and Palestinian Walks in an Anthropocene Era’, appeared in the '(Post)human Lives' issue of Biography, which was awarded the CELJ prize for best special issue in 2013. She edited a special issue of Australian Feminist Studies (2011) on ‘Witnessing, Trauma and Social Suffering’ with Gillian Whitlock, and most recently, an issue of Memory Studies (2013) with Susannah Radstone on ‘Memory Studies in Australia’.

Anita Malmqvist is an Artist and Senior Lecturer in Art/ Department of Fine Art Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm.

Viveca Mellegard is a writer and a documentary filmmaker. She trained at the BBC, making science, history and arts programmes and has worked with film professionals all over the world developing and directing films for the independent and international market for tv, cinema and online media.  Her broad interests are reflected in the films she’s made which range from a road trip from Washington DC to Costa Rica in cars using only renewable fuels to her most recent BBC documentary about Hollywood photography starring Michael Sheen and Jane Russell. A common thread connecting Viveca's choices in life is a curiosity about what shapes people - how their environment, their culture, their relationships, their history and the time in which they are living informs their view of the world and what they do in it.

Felipe Milanez is a researcher, journalist and filmmaker, Marie Curie fellow in the European Network of Political Ecology (Entitle), PhD student and researcher at Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and visiting academic at the School of Environment and Development, of the University of Manchester. He holds a master’s degree in political science by the Université de Toulouse, and have worked as investigative journalist in the Amazon, working with organizations such as Greenpeace and published in many different media such Indian Country Today, Vice, Courrier International, RollingStone, CartaCapital, and as editor of National Geographic Brazil and Brasil Indígena, official magazine of the National Indian Foundation. As documentary filmmaker has produced and directed Toxic Amazon (with VICE.com), The Guarani Struggle, Sounds Machine of the Amazon, among others films. Felipe Milanez was nominated one of Latin America’s Forest Hero by the United Nations in 2012, a special award for the International Year of the Forests. His current researches focus on the dynamics of violence, frontiers and institutions in the Amazon.

Gregg Mittman is the Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching and writing interests span the history of ecology, nature, and health in American culture, and are informed by a commitment and hope to build a more equitable and just environment. Reaching across the fields of environmental history, the history of science and medicine, and the visual culture of science, his research seeks to understand the ways in which political economy, cultural values and beliefs, and scientific knowledge intersect in shaping the interactions between people and environments over time. He served as the founding director of the Nelson Institute’s Center for Culture, History and Environment, and is also curator of Madison’s popular environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth . His current research explores the role of science and medicine in America’s changing relationship to the tropical world through the lens of the Firestone Plantations Company in Liberia.

Fahad Mustafa. Born in Kanpur on 10th November 1984, Fahad has since lived in Dammam, New Delhi, Vienna and Edmonton.   He was an Erasmus Mundus Global Studies scholar. His previous film, as director, was FC Chechnya (Austria, 2010).

Ingrid Rieser is a budding economist, educator and filmmaker, who recently graduated from the Economics for Transition master’s program at Schumacher College, UK. She is currently working on her first documentary, which tells the story of the growing movement to change the narrow and outdated education of economists. She has worked as course coordinator at the student-driven Centre for Environment and Development Studies at Uppsala University, and is passionate about the roles education, creativity, and art can play in empowering and inspiring action for a better world.

Peder Robert is a post-doctoral researcher affiliated with the project 'Assessing Arctic Futures: Voices, Resources, and Governance'. He holds a BA (Hons) and MA from the University of New South Wales, and PhD in history from Stanford University. He has previously worked at the University of Strasbourg (through the European Research Council project 'The Earth Under Surveillance: Geophysics, Climate Change, and the Cold War Legacy'). Peder's first book, 'The European Antarctic: Science and Strategy in Scandinavia and the British Empire' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. His current research interests include the history and geopolitics of science during the Cold War, particularly involving the oceans, along with the past and future of the polar regions.

Libby Robin holds a guest professorship at KTH, and joint appointments in the Fenner School, ANU and the Centre for Historical Research, National Museum of Australia. She is an environmental historian with a PhD in the History of Science (University of Melbourne, 1994). She convenes the Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network Australian and New Zealand Environmental History Network and is a founder of the Expertise for the Future collective.

Morlaye Soumah kommer från Conakry i Guinea och har levt i Sverige i 10 år. Han arbetar som mattelärare och fritidsledare i Stockholm.

Margareta Tillberg has been employed as a researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) since January 2012, with financing from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. She is Associate Professor in the History and Theory of Art and Design at Linnaeus University, and since 2011 Docent in the History of Art at Stockholm University. Margareta Tillberg's current research deals with design in the Soviet Union during the Cold War and is rooted in the history of design and art, architecture, technology and science. Her research includes the cultural history of art and design, the ways in which art and design has absorbed and informed visual communication and values, and the social aspects, practice and equipment of other cultural practices – including politics, technology, and aesthetics. The research is humanities-based with elements of economic studies, and the social, natural and engineering sciences.

Rajeev Thottappillil became Professor in Electricity with emphasis on transients and discharges at Uppsala University in year 2000. Since September 2008, he holds the Chair in Electric Power Engineering and Design at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. After his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from India, Rajeev Thottappillil has worked six years as Engineer in different industries in India, of which three years were with power companies.The main research contributions of Rajeev Thottappillil are related to electromagnetic interference questions in large distributed electrical systems such as power and railway networks, lightning protection, and hardening of civilian systems to intentional EMI. His present research interests include design of power systems components.

Emmanuel Lamine Toure är ursprungligen från Guinea, och har levt i Sverige i 14 år. Han arbetar som lärare i Stockholm.

Jacob von Heland is an environmental researcher and film-maker currently in post-production of the film Great Flood about the history of floods and disaster in Thailand. The film is part of an ongoing audiovisual research project on the flooding events in the floodplain of lower Chao Phraya in 2011 CE (2554 Buddhist calendar) that documents people's histories of dealing with past, present and future floods in their daily lives. The film was created during a guest visit at the Stockholm Environment Institute in Bangkok, together with Kissada Kamyoung, lecturer in literature at Silpakorn University.

Erika Walukiewicz is a PhD student in journalism at the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University. Erika is currently working on a doctoral thesis where she examines documentary participation and production from an ethical perspective. A particular aim of the study is to lift the experience of the participant, a somewhat neglected aspect within the study of documentary ethics. Communication, power and the intimization of journalism are among the areas of interest. Erika has previously been working as a journalist.

Originally from Germany, Eva Weber is a London-based filmmaker working in both documentary and fiction. Her award-winning short films have screened at numerous international film festivals, amongst others, at Sundance, Edinburgh, SXSW, BFI London and Telluride. Her films have also been broadcast on UK and international television, and shown at art exhibitons and museums. Her film ‘The Solitary Life of  Cranes’ was nominated for the International Documentary Association’s Distinguished Short Award and selected as one of the top five films of the year by critic Nick Bradshaw in Sight & Sound’s annual film review. Eva is currently in development with a number of feature projects, including the fiction feature ‘Let The Northern Lights Erase Your Name’ based on the novel by Vendela Vida. With this project, Eva took part in the 2013 Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and also received the Sundance Institute Mahindra Global Filmmaking Award to further develop the project. The film is also supported by a  SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant.

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