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  • Bryan Tilt held a seminar during lunch for all the scholars at CAS Oslo.

    Air pollution: ‘I haven’t seen the stars for years’

    Our second lunch-time seminar this semester was given by Associate Professor Bryan Tilt, who shared his research on perceptions of air pollution in rural and urban areas in China: – There is little research on whether one needs to have reached a certain economic level in order to worry about environmental issues.

  • 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.

  • View of Yinchuan city (Ningxia province, China) during sand storm. December 7 dr. Susanne Stein will visit CAS and give the seminar From Desertification Alarm to ‘Health Killer’: Shifting Interpretations of Dust Storms in Contemporary China

    Dust storms is a health killer, but disappeared from the public debate

    Throughout time sand and dust storms have been a topic in Chinese historical records. Although they are widely understood as a “health killer” today, they have almost disappeared from public debate, scholar argues.

  • – Barnebarnet mitt har vokst opp med en bestemor som er matematiker, og tror matte er et typisk kvinneyrke. Men det er jo ikke det, sier professor Berit Sensønes.

    – Det er vanskeligere for kvinner å komme seg opp og fram i matematikken

    Professor Berit Stensønes gir publiseringskrav og kvotering mye av skylda.

  • Professor Zhaohui Liu interviews rural-to-rural migrant citizens about air pollution. The scholars in the Airborne project at CAS find that few are aware of the significant health impact that is the result of household-produced air pollution, which is especially significant among the poorer and rural population. Copy right: Airborne. Photo: Annica Thomsson

    Air pollution in China: Poor people likely to be worst off

    CAS researchers expect that the rural population and poor migrants in cities will be the hardest hit when it comes to air pollution exposure. Professor Mette Halskov Hansen hopes that the CAS project she leads can help raise awareness and promote debate.

  • 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.

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    Room for interdisciplinary engagement

    The leaves on the magnificent trees outside our building here in Oslo have turned yellow and red—the tell-tale sign that the academic year is underway.

  • 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’.

  • Demolition of Blok P. Photograph: Cartsen Ankiksdal

    Object Study: Blok P

    Blok P in Nuuk was built by the Danes in an effort to urbanise Greenland in the 1960s: one per cent of Greenland’s population have since called Blok P their home. It was demolished in 2012.

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