Finn Arne Jörgensen

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Position:

Senior lecturer

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Works at:

Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Department:

Idéhistoria

Address:

Umeå universitet
SE-901 87 Umeå
Sverige

Visiting Address:

A, Humanisthuset, HF102

Email:

finn.arne.jorgensen@umu.seEmail 1

finn.jorgensen@idehist.umu.seEmail 2

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I am a historian of technology and environment.

In my current research I examine the points in which technology intersects with people's experience and understanding of nature, on local and global scales. I teach history of technology and digital history at Umeå University.

I am employed as Associate Professor (docent) in History of Technology and Environment at the Department of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Umeå University. Since 2010 I have been active in developing Umeå Studies in Science, Technology, and Environment as an interdisciplinary research group at the intersection between environmental humanities and science and technology studies. My background is as a historian trained in Science and Technology Studies (PhD, Trondheim, 2007). I am an affiliate researcher with HUMlab

In my research I have looked at the history of the scientific kitchen (MA thesis, Trondheim, 2001) and the infrastructure of beverage container recycling in Scandinavia and the United States (PhD dissertation and book, 2007 and 2011). I am currently wrapping up a large study of the history of the Norwegian leisure cabin, writing a small book on the history of littering, and developing a new project on encounters with sensors and data in nature. See my complete list of publications below. 

In my teaching I highlight active student learning, community building, and discussions. I generally lecture very little, but prefer to facilitate student presentations and discussions as a way or learning, something which most students come to appreciate during the course of the semester. I integrate digital tools and resources in all my classes, including Zotero and Wordpress. I also teach widely outside my own home discipline, for students in engineering, gender studies, computer science, design, and architecture. See the menu on the right for an overview of my current and upcoming courses.

I am happy to serve as advisor for MA and PhD students working on topics that relate to my interests, in particular historical perspectives on technology, nature, design, architecture, consumption, computer games, waste, transportation, digital history, and animals. I currently serve as PhD advisor for Tomas Karlsson and Peter Bennesved (Umeå) and Håkon Stokland (NTNU, Trondheim), and have advised MA students in Umeå and at University of Oslo. 

I am deeply engaged in international organizations and journals in my field. In 2009 I founded the Nordic Environmental History Network with support from Nordforsk. I have served on the Executive Council of Society for the History of Technology (2011-2013) and on the Board of the European Society for Environmental History (2009-2013). I am Digital Content Editor for Environmental History and a Contributing Editor of Technology and CultureSince 2008, I have been an editor for H-Sci-Med-Tech, the world's leading online discussion network for the history of science, technology, and medicine.

Key publications

Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling (Rutgers University Press, 2011)

This book examines the modern history of recycling of bottles and cans in Norway, Sweden, and the United States. The book especially focuses on the development of technological solutions for handling a problem that has been transformed from infrastructural to environmental over the course of the last 40 years, and the implications of this transformation for consumers, policy makers, and businesses. This project grows out of his interest in the histories of waste, recycling, and technologically mediated modern environmentalism.

Reviews:

New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011), co-edited with Dolly Jørgensen and Sara B. Pritchard. 

New Natures broadens the dialogue between the disciplines of science and technology studies (STS) and environmental history in hopes of deepening and even transforming understandings of human-nature interactions. The volume presents historical studies that engage with key STS theories, offering models for how these theories can help crystallize central lessons from empirical histories, facilitate comparative analysis, and provide a language for complicated historical phenomena. Overall, the collection exemplifies the fruitfulness of cross-disciplinary thinking.

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Norske hytter i endring: Om bærekraft og behag (Tapir Academic Press, 2011), co-edited with Helen Jøsok Gansmo and Thomas Berker. 

This book is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary collection of essays exploring issues of sustainability in modern and historical Norwegian cabins, featuring contributions from historians, literature scholars, sociologists, architects, and geographers. 

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Research projects

Head of research

Title

Date sorteringsordning

Snickars, Pelle

Digital Models. Techno-historical collections, digital humanities & narratives of industrialisation

04/28/2016

Jørgensen, Finn Arne

The Digital Environmental Humanities

03/07/2013

Svensson, Patrik

Media Places

09/12/2012

Jørgensen, Finn Arne

Nordic Environmental History Network

08/18/2011

Jørgensen, Finn Arne

Bringing STS into Environmental History

08/18/2011

Jørgensen, Finn Arne

Making a Green Machine: The Infrastructure of Beverage Container Recycling

08/18/2011

Publications

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Year sorteringsordning

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne
Fallan, Kjetil

Environmental Histories of Design: Towards a New Research Agenda
Journal of Design History, 30(2): 103-121

2017

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945
Technology and culture, 58(2): 623-624

2017

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

The Great Acceleration: An Environmental History of the Anthropocene since 1945 by J. R. McNeill and Peter Engelke (review)
Technology and culture, 58(2): 623-624

2017

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

Internet of Things

2016

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

The Internet Is Obsessed With a Video Feed of Bears Eating Salmon
The Atlantic

2016

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Jörgensen, Finn Arne

Game After: A Cultural Study of Video Game Afterlife
Journal of Design History, 29(1): 97-98

2016

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne
Jørgensen, Dolores Marie

The Anthropocene as a History of Technology: Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands, Deutsches Museum, Munich
Technology and culture, 57(1): 231-237

2016

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

H-Environment Roundtable, Seeing Green: Review of Finis Dunaway, Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015). ISBN: 9780226169903
H-Environment

2016

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

Why Look at Cabin Porn?
Public culture, 37(3): 557-578

2015

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Jørgensen, Finn Arne

What Happens to a Place When the Data About It Is Lost?
The Atlantic

2014

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