MA theses linked to NaChiLitCul 2016-2020

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Espen Iversen: Klima, kriser og ulikhet. Om utsatte mennesker og områder i bildeboken Hvorfor er jeg her?


Rebekka Hennum: Kjæledyr i realistisk barnelitteratur


Marta Nagel-Alne: Naturuttrykk i fantastisk barnelitteratur – ein økokritisk analyse av tre norske barneromaner

Stine Bjerkhagen Standal: Posthuman Identities: Cyborg Characters in Young Adult Fiction


Ole Henrik Lund: Snakkar du til meg?: Ein økokritisk studie av forhandlingar om ulike livsformers verdi i teikneserien Amuletten av Kazu Kibuishi.

Line Alvheim Åse: Når vi blir voksne er det for seint»: Klimaengasjement i to romaner for barn og unge

Kristine Aga Haugom: When Ludology and Narratology Meet: A Comparative Analysis of an Ecofictional Video Game and an Ecofictional Book.

Tora Eide Hodneland: Cities of Tomorrow – Urban Landscapes and Urban Sustainability in Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy


Ingeborg Strandos: Å verte ein økoborgar. Ein studie av Ishavspirater og medvit om berekraftig utvikling.

Yvonne Kvellestad Skudalsnes: Lyrikk som tankerørsle omkring menneske og natur Økokritiske lesingar av diktsamlingane Eg er eg er eg er og Skogen den grøne av Ruth Lillegraven

IPCC – Sixth Assessment Report

The Working Group I contribution to the Sixth Assessment Report, Climate Change 2021:
The Physical Science Basis
is now out.  The report addresses the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change, bringing together the latest advances in climate science, and combining multiple lines of evidence from paleoclimate, observations, process understanding, and global and regional climate simulations.

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Green Dialogues and Digital Collaboration on Nonfiction Children’s Literature

by Marnie Campagnaro and Nina Goga


Contemporary children’s literature has developed a growing interest in the interconnectedness between humans and the environment and in the ongoing exchange and negotiation of ways to be in the world. These new directions in children’s literature consequently challenge teachers of children’s literature in higher education. The study of contemporary children’s literature needs not only to be informed by new theoretical perspectives like ecocriticism, posthumanism and new materialism, but also to revisit, develop and explore the methodological tools and teaching practices necessary to prepare students to address these demanding issues. The aim of the article is to present and discuss the research question: How is it possible to secure scholarly dialogue and practical collaboration in an academic course on nonfiction children’s literature and environmental issues? Building on a cross-disciplinary theoretical framework consisting of theory of nonfiction, ecocriticism, dialogic teaching, environmental architecture and place-based teaching, the study reports on a pilot course which took place in the summer of 2020. Due to the pandemic situation the course became digital. Hence the digital challenges and  possibilities turned out to be a critical aspect of the planned practical collaboration between students, teachers and students and teachers. The main goal of the course was to help motivate students to engage in and negotiate about nonfiction children’s literature and sustainability, to enhance their aesthetic experiences and to foster their environmental consciousness through children’s literature. The course was characterized by its alternating blending of lectures and hands-on experiences with theoretical and methodological tools as well as nature or culture specific places.

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Whatʼs the point of engaging children and young adults?

by Nina Goga
Recent research on changes in literary conceptions of children and childhood have paid attention to how child agency is expressed both verbally and visually. This emphasis on child agency can be seen in connection with changes within educational thinking. As an example, one may point to how critical thinking is emphasised in the new Norwegian school curriculum, and to how UNESCO emphasises critical thinking competence as a key competence to secure sustainable development.

The material of this article is primarily book reviews, but also nomination texts and book presentations related to three environmentally and climate engaged nonfiction books for children. I examine here how adult reviewers and mediators of nonfiction for children relate to the idea that children and young adults have the right to question the practices and values adults are greatly responsible for.

To answer this, I first explain how I, in this article, understand the concept of agency, and which connection I see between this concept and the emphasis on critical thinking in the new Norwegian school curriculum, the Knowledge Promotion Reform 2020, and critical thinking as key competence for sustainable development. I then take a closer look at research examining how child agency is addressed in recent childrenʼs literature. Finally, building on these perspectives I carry out a theory-driven content analysis of the selected material examining how adult readers (a) evaluate the characteristic of successful knowledge dissemination in nonfiction addressing child readers, (b) comprehend the invitation to child agency as expressed in the three books, and (c) respond to this agency in relation to adultsʼ own role in society.

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Ethics & Aesthetics: Art education as a sustainable developmental catalyser

Nordic Journal of Art and Research invites researchers, educators and actionists to hand in abstracts that describe how art education can contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to publish one research article for every SDG, where each article, in English or a Nordic language, focuses mainly on one of the goals. Publication: 2022-2023.

Nordic Journal of Art and Research is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal aimed at disseminating knowledge and experience from research and development projects based on artistic practice and reflection, art education, art theory and cultural theory:

In the midst of Covid-19, it is an historic and ethical opportunity to look at the fact of the world as it is, and the focus on the solution for some of our greatest problems through the lenses of art education. Together we can overcome them by focusing on the ways in which art (and aesthetic in all its forms) can be applied to address global wellbeing issues:


The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.


Kick-off zoom seminar 1 September 2021

Deadline for abstract is 1 October 2021.

Workshop on zoom 1 November 2021

Deadline preliminary article 1 February 2022.

Deadline final article 1 June. 2022


Associate professor Mette Bøe Lyngstad, HVL, Professor Rikke Gürgens Gjærum, UiT, OsloMet.


200 words about the main content, confirm which SDG that you will challenge – use IMRAD model.

The Mind of Plants

A source that concentrates on the plant/human relationship for anyone who might be interested.

The Mind of Plants brings together a collection of short essays, narratives and poetry on plants and their interaction with humans. Authors from the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences write about their connection to a particular plant, reflecting upon their research on plant studies in a style accessible for a general audience.