Extraordinary Professor at Charles University in Prague
In arts and the media, communication about environmental and sustainability issues can – as in so many other fields – be seen as a discursive struggle, a struggle over meaning. We study these struggles as they unfold in Swedish arts and media.
Arts and media are crucial sites where meanings (and thus discourses) circulate, which makes them interesting to study.
Media and the arts often produce and reproduce dominant ways of thinking about the environment. However, they also allow for counter-voices, for different ways of thinking, to challenge these dominant ways of thinking.
We are interested in the discursive struggles between the different environmental and sustainability discourses that circulate in Swedish arts and media. In addition, we want to work on developing strategies to open up existing discursive patterns and constellations for a constructive engagement with new or marginalised perspectives.
As there are many different media, we will focus on a selection, always keeping their cross-sections and intersections in mind:
Our research uses a staged approach:
Kirill Filimonov is Researcher at Charles University in Prague. In the MISTRA-EC project, he is responsible for a series of audiovisual case studies in 2021.
Bodil Elmhagen is Research Coordinator at the Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management. As a societal partner in the MEC project, the Association has a particular interest in environmental communication concerning citizen science.
Ylva Hillström is a curator at the Education department at Moderna Museet in Stockholm. She holds a MA in art history. Ylva has a strong engagement in environmental issues. She initiated Moderna Museet’s online platform Acclimatize in 2016, where people of all ages could upload creative responses to the climate crisis and draw inspiration from interviews with renowned artists.
Virpi Lindfors is Head of Biotopia, which is a municipal, biological museum in Uppsala. Virpi holds a PhD in Zoology (Evolutionary ecology).
Lotten Lundgren is project manager at Focus on Pesticide Use, an informational campaign run by The Federation of Swedish Farmers. She works primarily with spreading information to farmers about safe handling of plant protection products to minimize risks for human health and the environment.
Maria Norling is a senior consultant at WSP, Ph.D. in Environmental strategies analysis, and environmental economist. Within Mistra EC she will be working broadly and linking the discussions over all WPs. She will also bring new insights on communication practices to WSP and try them out.
Erik Sörgren is founder of Res Eko, a consumer magazine and content agency, about ecological products and sustainable tourism. Res Eko's aim is to inspire more people to live and travel climate-smart.
Daniel Urey is a process leader at Färgfabriken, a contemporary art centre in Stockholm. Daniel Urey has a background in political science, art history and philosophy. He has mainly been occupied in developing projects with the goal of securing culture as a vital social infrastructure.
Sanja Vujicic will be studying how the different project work packages are interconnecting when it comes to environmental communication, but also how they are communicating their work externally. Another aspect that will be studied by Sanja is how WSP (Consultancy Firm) is working and communicating sustainability and how the company can learn from the MEC project.
Rebecka Wigh Abrahamsson is curator of Uppsala Art Museum, which is a municipal, museum in Uppsala. Rebecka is specialised in contemporary art, and has in her practice been addressing global issues of gender imbalance, postcolonial themes, as well as climate change.
Holly Keasey is an artist working within expanded Public and Environmental Arts. Her performative research practice spans tactical curatorial practices and the generation of artist-led space for social movement.
We work together with a diversity of partners, through a variety of instruments, including sounding boards, video letters, public lectures, unconferences and co-writing.
See a short introduction to the media and arts project by Nico Carpentier.
Extraordinary Professor at Charles University in Prague
Conflicting and entangled human–nature relationships: A discursive-material analysis of the documentary film Kiruna - A Brand New World by Nico Carpentier, Vaia Doudaki, Anna Rozsypal Pajerová in People & Nature
Silencing/Unsilencing nature. A Participatory Visual Essay on the Right to Flourish by Nico Carpentier in COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2021 - 1. Arts-Based Research in Communication and Media Studies.
Video presenting the article
From Stakeholders to Joint Knowledge Production Partners:The Participatory Development of Guiding Principles and Toolkit to Structure the Participation of Non-academic Partners in Academic Research by Vaia Doudaki and Nico Carpentier in Conjunktions: Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, 8: 1-19.
Communicating Academic Knowledge Beyond the Written Academic Text: An Auto-Ethnographic Analysis of the Mirror Palace of Democracy Installation Experiment by Nico Carpentier, in International Journal of Communication, 14: 2120-2143.
The construction of sustainability by Facebook groups in Sweden (Speedtalk by Vaia Doudaki)
Positioning ourselves towards and against the environment: visual and networked explorations in social media and the arts (Speedtalk by Jutta Haider and Malte Rödl)
"Arts-based research in communication and media studies: A series of examples and experiences"
Topical Seminar by Nico Carpentier at Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (online), 6 April 2021.
More information about the seminar
"Silencing/unsilencing nature: A remediation of human-nature relationships" Talk by Nico Carpentier at Mediating Change’ colloquium.