Article: The Haunting Cliffs (2018)

The article is about a space defined by the absence of birds. It is an attempt to examine certain aspects of silence—both the idea of it, and the experience—in the context of catastrophic species collapse and, more broadly, the unfolding planetary processes that some call the Sixth Extinction. Specifically, I am interested in experiences of silence …

Article: Notes from a Projected Sacrifice Zone (2018)

The article explores a set of sacrificial logics that cluster around a prospective copper mine, situated on the bank of a fjord in the Norwegian Arctic. Analyzing the project as a “sacrifice zone” in the making, the argument first draws out some of the ways in which sacrifice is being used to conceptualize, compel, critique …

Article: About a Stone (2016)

Can a stone be a critter? Placing multispecies studies in conversation with the geological turn, this article examines the place of a particular sacrifice stone in the ambit of a coastal mining development in northern Norway. The argument develops a reading of resource capitalism as ontological project—using the stone as a lens to explore imaginaries …

Article: On the Shore—Thinking water at a prospective mining site in Northern Norway (2016)

Drawing on material from a projected copper mine development in northern Norway, the text explores and contrasts several ways in which water functions as a local “theory machine” to model, reflect, organize, intervene into, and think through relations. Working back from specific examples, it identifies three locally important modes for thinking (with) water: water as …

Book: Ruptured Landscapes (2015)

Presents an innovative synthetic understanding of the dynamic relationship between conceptual, material and cognitive phenomena of rupture, brought together in the unifying trope of landscape. H Sooväli-Sepping, H Reinert and J Miles-Watson, eds. 2015. Ruptured Landscapes—Landscape, Identity and Social Change. Springer: Landscape Series.

Chapter: The Landscape Concept as Rupture—Extinction and Perspective in a Norwegian Fjord (2015)

Drawing on a case study of landscape-level protection measures implemented in a fjord in the Norwegian Arctic, this chapter takes the concept of rupture as a productive opening on the complex social, spatial and biopolitical dynamics of more-than-human landscapes. The argument examines a series of disruptions associated with the efforts of ecologists to protect a …

Article: Misreading the Arctic Landscape (2015)

Sámi reindeer pastoralism in Norway is said to be in a state of crisis that has lasted for several decades and is due to excessive numbers of reindeer. A general overstocking of the range is believed to cause widespread pasture degradation, poor economic performance, and increasing land-use conflicts. These are the main assumptions of a …

Article: Conceptualising resilience in Norwegian Sami reindeer pastoralism (2015)

Resilience thinking has growing purchase in the context of Arctic policy, resource management and indigenous politics. The present text outlines and compares two conflicting versions of the resilience concept, both currently at work in the field of contemporary Norwegian Sa ́mi reindeer pastoralism. First, while ecological resilience originally emerged as a challenge to mainstream equilibrium …

Article: Weight, Density and Space in the Norwegian Reindeer Crisis (2014)

For decades now, the dominant narrative about indigenous reindeer pastoralism in northern Norway has been that there is a crisis of excess: an oversized reindeer population, poorly held in check by poorly governed herders, is overgrazing the tundra, degrading the pasture grounds, spilling over into urban spaces and precipitating moral crises by starving to death …