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The Arts for Resilient Futures — ART FOREST — is an in-house, interdisciplinary platform that was founded in the autumn of 2022 by and for researchers in the aesthetic sciences. In these transformational times, it aims to provide a space that addresses the role of aesthetics in relation to climate change and environmental challenges, the ways in which these crises call for new ways of living, and which addresses the inequalities and conflicts that follow in their wake.

The arts and humanities are mobilising around issues concerning the climate and environment in a variety of ways. Both historically and in the present, different forms of artistic expression have examined and are examining the interactions between humans and nature, and may speak of the histories of their attachments and conflicts. How can we shape a better future by using this knowledge of the past?

ART FOREST gathers a range of smaller initiatives at Södertörn University, such as “Rataoskr – research group for cultural and literary human-animal studies” External link., which has extensive networks with scholars throughout northern Europe and published its first peer-reviewed anthology in 2022.

Externally funded research projects currently affiliated with ART FOREST include one literary project about the figure of the bear in northern-European nation building in the 19th and 20th centuries External link.; a project in art about Arctic nature; another about representations of extreme weather in art; External link. and a project in aesthetics about ice and cold as objects of for knowledge and representation. Project applications that are being developed within ART FOREST include one about Swedish “eco-dramaturgy” and another one tentatively called “New histories – new futures. Decolonial and posthumanist perspectives on Swedish literature and media 1800–2000”.

The platform is coordinated by Dan Karlholm External link. (art), Ann-Sofie Lönngren External link. (literature), and Cecilia Sjöholm External link. (aesthetics).

Everyone is welcome!

If you want to know more, please email us.

18 January in PA239, 3 pm - 5pm
WORKSHOP: application writing

Do you have an idea that you like to share, for a project application in the sphere of interest for Art forest? Or do you have a draft that you like to discuss? Welcome to this workshop! Drafts are expected by January 16. Please sign up no later than January 13 by sending an e-mail to

1 February, Accelerator, Stockholm university, 6 pm
Climate Aesthetics as Class War

T.J. Demos, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Endowed Chair in Art History in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture, at University of California, Santa Cruz.

11 October in LO215 @ 14.30-16.00 Kick-off with Marietta Radomska, Linköping University, whose research is at the intersection of the posthumanities, environmental humanities, continental philosophy, death studies, visual culture and contemporary art. The seminar is followed by drinks and snacks.

15 November in PA239 @ 15-16.30 Lisa E. Bloom, an American cultural critic, educator and feminist art historian specialising in polar studies and contemporary art, presents her latest book, Climate Change and the New Polar Aesthetics (in print Oct 2022). The seminar is followed by drinks and snacks.

Application writing, autumn 2022 Every Monday throughout the semester, starting on 12 September, we will meet in PA241. 10.00-15.00 (lunch 12-13) to work on individual and joint applications. Come for the whole day or part of it, once or regularly.


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