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  • Marine debris displayed during the exhibition 'arv' at Tromsø Museum. Photo: Carl F. Straumsheim

    'Arv': Mankind's Unpleasant Cultural Heritage

    The temporary exhibition 'arv' at Tromsø Museum, co-hosted by CAS Oslo, provides a critical look at how the objects we leave behind influence the Earth.

  • Digitalising languages illustrated by a pixelated language tree in binary rain.

    Gaps and Errors: A Linguistic Struggle

    Scholars associated with the CAS project 'SynSem: From Form to Meaning – Integrating Linguistics and Computing' face a number of challenges 'regular' people would never consider, although they use language every day.

  • Dag Trygve Truslew Haug, professor of classics at the University of Oslo, speaks during the opening of the 25th anniversary year at CAS Oslo. Photo: Camilla Kottum Elmar

    Project Update: SynSem: From Form to Meaning -- Integrating Linguistics and Computing

    CAS Oslo fellows discuss their work on bridging the gap between computational and theoretical linguistics.

  • Stephan Oepen (left) and Dag Trygve Truslew Haug, professors of informatics and classics, respectively, at the University of Oslo, during their residency at CAS Oslo. Photo: Camilla Kottum Elmar

    Meet the Group Leaders: Dag Trygve Truslew Haug and Stephan Oepen

    Today nearly everyone walks around with a device capable of translating the world’s major languages. But where some see opportunity, Dag Trygve Truslew Haug and Stephan Oepen, professors of classics and informatics, respectively, at the University of Oslo, see limitations.

  • Spraps of things left by the Germans in the POW camps in Norddal.

    The Heritage of War

    In autumn 1944, Norddal, in the north of Troms County, was occupied by German army forces in retreat. They had brought with them an unknown number of Soviet prisoners, who were distributed among four prisoner-of-war (POW) camps. When the war ended, the camps were abandoned and their stories almost lost in time.

  • Robert Macfarlane in Greenland summer 2016. Photo: Helen Spenceley

    Articulating the Anthropocene

    We are Generation Anthropocene, according to Robert Macfarlane, who argues that our need for change seems to greatly exceed our capacity to make it happen.

  • In 2012, the Komafest art festival invited international artists to decorate houses in Vardø, Norway, to highlight some of the issues of depopulation. Photograph: Saphinaz-Amal Naguib

    Vardø’s Rich Street Art Scene: Will the City Become an Ecomuseum?

    In our first lunch-time seminar this spring, Professor Saphinaz-Amal Naguib took us to Vardø, Norway’s most north-easterly city, near the border with Russia. She introduced us to a rich street art scene that depicts the large-scale depopulation of this arctic city.

  • Hein B. Bjerck shared his reflections on the scorched things that survived a fire in his eighty-five-year-old uncle’s home in 2013. Photograph: Hein B. Bjerck

    Charred Memories: Ephemeral survivors in my uncle’s burnt-out home

    According to Hein Bjerck, cognitive memories of things in a home cannot be inherited, because they do not reside in the things themselves, but in the relations among things and personal mindscapes.

  • A recently abandoned apartment house in Nikel, Kola Peninsula. How does living with this ruining Soviet legacy affect the inhabitants, their prospects for the future, and how they remember the past, Bjørnar Olsen and his CAS research group asks photo: Bjørnar Olsen

    Life among Soviet ruins: – the past is still present

    Most people in Northwestern Russia and on the Kola Peninsula live in apartment blocks constructed during the time of Stalin, Khrushchev, and Brezhnev; many of these apartments are in a serious state of decay.

  • Savannah Georgia, pebblestones, Liverpoool, ballast

    Ballast: Loads with history

    Ballast, the material used to stabilize ships, is the object of study for archaeologist and CAS fellow Professor Mats Burström. He describes ballast in terms of being a ‘gigantic relocation of material’.

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