Marit Ruge Bjærke
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My research interests lie within the environmental humanities, with a focus on biodiversity loss, climate change, temporal understandings, and invasive alien species. I am especially interested in how different environmental problems are understood and presented in political texts, mass media and popular science, and how understandings of different environmental problems intertwine. My background is in marine biology (phd), history of ideas (master), and cultural studies (postdoc).
I am currently part of the project Gardening the Globe: Historicizing the Anthropocene through the production of socio-nature in Scandinavia, 1750-2020, which started up in December 2021. The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway. As part of the project, I explore the management of so-called "invasive alien species" - species that have been moved by humans to places where they do not occur naturally. I examine how authorities navigate the tension between stopping an ecological threat and developing an economic resource, and how different scales and scalings - such as species versus strain - are used. I also examine what kind of valuation of nature eradication of alien invasive species entails.
From 2017 to 2021, I was part of the project The future is now: Temporality and exemplarity in climate change discourses. Here, I explored how the relationship between climate change and biological diversity is conveyed in mass media and popular science.
- (2020). Miss Hare Struggles: How Examples of Species Threatened with Extinction Tell a Story of Climate Change. Ethnologia Scandinavica. A Journal for Nordic Ethnology. 187-202.
- (2019). The past as a mirror: Deep time climate change exemplarity in the anthropocene. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research. 330-352.
- (2019). Making Invisible Changes Visible: Animal Examples and the Communication of Biodiversity Loss . Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research. 394-414.
- (2018). Hvor ble det av naturens egenverdi? Nytt Norsk Tidsskrift. 7-21.
- (2004). Effects of temperature and salinity on growth, reproduction and survival in the introduced red alga Heterosiphonia japonica (Ceramiales, Rhodophyta). Botanica Marina. 373-380.
- (2003). Epiphytes on the invasive species Sargassum muticum at Verdens Ende, South Norway. Sarsia. 353-364.
- (2022). Too late to eradicate: Invasive alien species futures.
- (2022). Little Red Ring Binders: Early Red List Temporalities.
- (2022). Bridging an epistemological gap: Roundtable on the importance of cooperation between the humanities and the natural sciences. .
- (2021). Greenwashing the oyster?
- (2021). Gardening the Globe: Presentasjon av et forskingsprosjekt om produksjon av skandinavisksosio-natur, 1750-2020.
- (2021). A conversation about the project "The Future is Now".
- (2020). The sixth extinction: Naming time in a new way.
- (2020). The Sixth Extinction: Naming Time in New Ways.
- (2019). Time and exemplarity in media representations of biodiversity.
- (2019). Budbringer om en klimaendret fremtid?
- (2018). Norge - en naturlig historie?
- (2018). Biodiversity loss - a story of climate change?
- (2019). Introduction: Exemplifying Climate Change. Culture Unbound. Journal of Current Cultural Research. 298-305.
- (2022). Håp om planetarisk forbedring? Salongen – nettidsskrift for filosofi og idéhistorie.
- (2021). Forvillede vekster og utemmede dyr. Salongen – nettidsskrift for filosofi og idéhistorie.
- (2021). Climate Change Temporalities. Explorations in Vernacular, Popular and Scientific Discourse. Routledge.
- (2022). Fremtiden er nå: Klimaendringenes tider.
- (2020). Inne i en sjette masseutryddelse? Tid og fremtidsforestillinger i formidlingen av tap av biologisk mangfold . Salongen – nettidsskrift for filosofi og idéhistorie.
- (2018). Å sette (antropo)scenen selv: Klimakrise, teknologi og møter med naturen . Forfatternes Klimaaksjon §112 Nettside..
- (2016). Cloaca Maxima i Roma: En to tusen år gammel kloakkledning og dens beundrere. Vann. 405-408.
- (2018). Hvor ble det av naturens egenverdi? . Morgenbladet.
- (2004). Molecular and ecological studies on introduced marine macroalgae in Norwegian waters.
- (2022). Little Red Ring Binders: Early Red List Temporalities. 25 pages.
- (2021). The sixth extinction: naming time in a new way. 16 pages.
- (2021). Our World is dew: Tor Åge Bringsværd's fable Prose as a Chthulucenic Experience. 14 pages.
- (2021). Living the climate change. 6 pages.
- (2019). Tidens natur.
- (2021). Dekolonisere stillehavsøsters. 160-166.
I am currently part of the interdisciplinary project "Gardening the Globe: Historicizing the Anthropocene through the production of socio-nature in Scandinavia, 1750-2020”, which is funded by the Research Council of Norway. I am part of the project management and lead the thematic work package "Moving nature".
GARDENING THE GLOBE aims to examine historical processes through which nature has been conquered, controlled and commodified in Scandinavia from the mid-18th century to the present. Today's environmental problems are often presented with the help of scientific concepts from Earth Systems science and geology - such as the term Anthropocene. Although such concepts are important for highlighting humanity’s impact on the planet as a whole, they also seem to make factors such as historical conditions, social structures and cultural values invisible. There is therefore a need for a broader understanding of how the practices and technologies that have led to today's environmental problems are historically situated. GARDENING will study these historical processes as a series of increasingly intense attempts to conquer, control and utilize nature - that is, the production of what we call "socio-nature".
The project will investigate cases related to three themes: 1) processes of moving animals, plants and minerals; 2) practices of eradicating organisms; and 3) the human production of landscapes. The cases include management of alien species, the use of rotenone in Scandinavian rivers, the concept of “nature's economy”, Danish pig farms, Swedish mining landscapes, urban gardening, “the green shift”, and man-made geological land formations.
From 2017 to 2021, I was part of the project The future is now: Temporality and exemplarity in climate change discourses.