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Open seminar: Helga Ögmundaróttir on "The appropriation of Nature: The case of sheep herding in Þjórsárver, Iceland"

Published: 24 April 2017

Welcome to an open seminar with Helga Ögmundaróttir, University of Iceland, on "The appropriation of Nature: The case of sheep herding in Þjórsárver, Iceland". This is a part of the CBM seminar series Conceptualisations of Nature.

With their sheep, sheep herding traditions and a common identity surrounding sheep herding practices, as the core of their land-use and resource management, and human-nature interaction in general, the sheep-farmers of Gnúpverjahreppur in Iceland have for decades resisted industrial activities in the form of energy development in their highland commons in Þjórsárver. Sheep herding in Iceland. Photo: Helga Ögmundardóttir

As the story of the resistance has unfolded, other issues of land-use and resource management have entered the scene, with the wetland and sub-Arctic tundra ecosystem south of Hofsjökull glacier as a literal and symbolic space of cooperation and contest. These issues are for instance the science of biodiversity conservation, the perception of nature and wilderness, the future of farming and farming communities, policies of erosion prevention and land-reclamation, the interaction of energy development and nationalism, and the future of Iceland's highland in a world of mass-tourism and melting glaciers from climate change.


This seminar series, CONCEPTUALISATIONS OF NATURE, aims to stimulate a discussion on concepts related to environmental policy and practice, such as ‘biodiversity’, ‘sustainable development’, ‘ecosystem services’, ‘landscape’ and even ‘nature’ itself. The seminar series consists of 5 presentations in total.

Helga ÖgmundardóttirThe presentation will be approximately 1 hour in length, followed by an extended 1 hour discussion. Helga Ögmundardóttir is our fourth invited researcher. The seminar will be held in English.

Time: 27 April, 3-5 pm. Venue: Room T, Ulls hus, SLU campus Uppsala.

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