Article: Requiem for a Junk-Bird (2019)

Abstract. The article describes an experiment in captive-bred supplementation of a highly endangered wild bird species that took place in the Norwegian Arctic a few years ago. Following the fate of a single bird, over the course of two years, the argument lays out some of the powerful conceptual, political and affective stakes involved in …

Article: The Skulls and the Dancing Pig (2019)

Abstract. In late 2017, protesting the ongoing forced slaughter of indigenous reindeer herds in Norway, a young Sámi artist traveled to Oslo to set up a “curtain” of some 400 reindeer skulls in front of the national parliament. The demonstration drew considerable attention, both nationally and internationally, and mobilized a complex range of historical resonances—from …

Article: The Midwife and the Poet (2019)

Abstract. Triangulating narratives from a prospective mining site in northern Norway, the article works to identify (and render graspable) a particular affect of retroactive shock—tracing its resonance through experiences of chemical exposure, colonial racism, cultural era- sure, and destruction of the built environment. Linking these experiences, the argument sets up and explores an analytical space within …

Article: Les crânes et le cochon qui danse (2019)

French. In late 2017, protesting the ongoing forced slaughter of indigenous reindeer herds in Norway, a young Sámi artist traveled to Oslo to set up a “curtain” of four hundred reindeer skulls in front of the national parliament. The demonstration drew considerable attention, both nationally and internationally, and mobilized a complex range of historical resonances—from …

Article: The Haunting Cliffs (2019)

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.