Partners and team members collaborating in Bifrost 2017

A number of leading organizations and individuals from academia, the arts, politics, industry and civil society are coming together to make Bifrost 2017 possible.

The Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) unites researchers from the environmental humanities and social sciences with natural scientists throughout the Nordic countries. The network’s national hubs include Uppsala University, University of Turku, University of Iceland, University of Southern Denmark and University of Oslo. Mid Sweden University and Sigtunastiftelsen jointly provide the network’s international hub.

The Nobel Museum aims to promote knowledge and create interest and discussion concerning the natural sciences and culture through creative learning and exhibition techniques. Dedicated to the vision of Alfred Nobel, the museum honors not only the contributions of the 800 Nobel laureates but also combined scientific, cultural and societal efforts to make the world better, NM supports high-quality educational programs by working in close partnership with schools and the research community.

Mid Sweden University (MIUN) home of the interdisciplinary Eco-Humanities Hub (ECOHUM), the Department of Tourism Studies and Geography (TUG), the European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR) and the Risk and Crisis Research Centre (RCR), has a strong history of international event coordination and research on sustainability within the environmental humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

The Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) at Uppsala University (UU), funded by SIDA, is a transdisciplinary center of integrated and collaborative research promoting Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) internationally. SWEDESD is designated by UNESCO as a Key Partner in its Global Action Programme in Education for Sustainable Development.

The North Atlantic Biocultural Organization (NABO) , founded in 1992, NABO is an international, interdisciplinary research and educational cooperative that includes scholars and institutions from US, UK, Canada, Scandinavia, Germany, France, and beyond who are interested in long term human ecodynamics in the North Atlantic region. NABO sponsors joint fieldwork, meetings, field schools, and community engagement projects by pooling international resources and expertise.

University of Iceland is Iceland´s largest and most diverse HEI, with an increasing emphasis in recent years on developing the Environmental Humanities. The Hornafjörður centre (est. 2002) is the first flagship of seven Regional Research Centres at UI, the anchoring institution for NIES's national group in Iceland.

Under Western Skies is a biennial, interdisciplinary, international conference created to help identify ans solve some of the complex environmental problems facing North America and the wider world to which it is climatologically connected. Under Western Skies 2018: Environmental Trauma and Remediation takes place September 2018 as the fifth instalment of this conference series hosted by Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. The conference's guiding principles and aims--interdisciplinary dialogue, public outreach, student enhancement, and conference innovation--resist the notional separation of knowledge advancement and social benefit.

Sigtunastiftelsen a private cultural foundation whose principle aim is to inspire human thought and reflection and facilitate dialogue, encounters and bridge-building in society. Founded in 1917, its mission includes interdisciplinary and cross-institutional bridge- building to promote sustainability and responsible approaches to the environment.

The Nobel Center is soon to be built and launched in Stockholm. As a meeting place that inspires curiosity and creativity, the center will invite people into the Nobel Prize’s unique world of natural sciences, humanities and peace efforts. The Nobel Prize and the life stories of the Nobel Laureates provide a rich source of inspiration on which the center will build its exhibitions, media productions and educational activities. The center will also be the new home of the Nobel Museum.

The Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE) is a global network of researchers and projects using integrative frameworks to combine the study of human and Earth system history on behalf of our species’ future. IHOPE’s long-term, human-scale perspective unites Earth system science with the social sciences, the humanities, and many communities of practice. The IHOPE project office is hosted by Uppsala University in Sweden.

CUNY (City University of New York) is a multi-campus public university serving the diverse communities of New York City, with a history of providing quality education and upward mobility to students who otherwise could not afford a college and university experience. The CUNY Graduate Center provides doctoral level training in multiple disciplines and houses the Human Ecodynamics Research and Education Center.

The Bifrost Team

Þorvarður Árnason is an interdisciplinary environmental humanist, landscape photographer and experimental filmmaker. An assistant research professor at the University of Iceland, he is director of the university’s Hornafjörður Regonal Research Centre. His academic work concerns landscape and wilderness, management of protected areas, sustainable development and climate change. He has led a number of large-scale projects, including the Icelandic Landscape Project, and has exhibited his photography in numerous exhibitions as well as in published book form. Likewise his film and video work has been shown in many contexts internationally. Climate change is a key focus in several of his projects.

Anders Birgersson is a media designer, photographer and art director. His first film project, The Last Battle (co-produced with Peter Rinaldo), examined the Afghan war with the Soviet Union and featured future Afghan president Hamid Karzai. His two decades of experience as an art director has seen him lead a wide variety of journalistic and documentary projects. His awards include Best Magazine Art Director in Sweden and the Swedish Publishing Prize for the year’s best printed material (all categories included). In 2014 he was awarded the prize “Daredevil of the year” at the Swedish Design Awards for a Doctors Without Borders web piece that realized innovative ideas for storytelling on the web. He organized and directed the Re:public International Photography festival in Stockholm (2009 & 2010) and has frequently been involved in different aid initiatives. In 2000 he travelled to Tanzania, (commissioned by SIDA) to develop a national visual communication strategy for HIV-aids prevention programs. More recent works include collaborations with filmmaker and artist Peter Norrman, including the spatial film installation HOME at the Swedish Museum of Photography in Stockholm (2012) and I AM HERE, a multi-channel installation about refugees at Dunkers Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsingborg (2015).

Eva Friman is Director of the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) at Uppsala University, Sweden, and adjunct professor at the Sustainability Research Center, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She co-chairs Uppsala Transdisciplinary Seminar in Sustainable Development (TRUST). She is part of the Swedish delegation on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) planning the Swedish and international implementation of the UNESCO Global Action Program on ESD. Her research focuses on equity and ecological sustainability, global exchange and transformative and integrated learning. She has published widely in international peer-reviewed academic journals and in book form. Friman has two decades of experience in the area of sustainability education, and has designed and led a number of university programs. She has also lectured extensively in a variety of sustainability fields, e.g. human ecology, environmental history, ecological economics, political ecology, environment and development studies, and ESD.

Steven Hartman (PhD, MFA) is a professor and researcher of Literature and Environmental Humanities based at the Department of Tourism and Geography, Mid Sweden University in Östersund and visiting scientist at the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland, where he convenes the Humanities for the Environment Circumpolar Observatory. Hartman has chaired the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES) for nearly a decade and has worked in this capacity to advance the field of the Environmental Humanities internationally. His academic research, writing and other creative work have been supported by the Swedish Research Council, The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, NordForsk, the U.S. Fulbright Program, the New York Foundation for the Arts and Wenner-Gren Foundations. His current work focuses on mapping environmental consciousness and environmental memory in literature; integration of environmental humanities and arts in global change research and policy; and collaboration among artists, academics and civil society in mobilizing public action on climate change. He is co-editor of Studies in Environmental Humanities (Brill).

Peter Norrman is a media artist and filmmaker based in Stockholm and Brooklyn. Norrman's body of work encompasses single and multi-channel video works, installations, sound, performance and photography. He recently exhibited I AM HERE, a multi-channel installation about refugees in collaboration with Anders Birgersson (Dunkers Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsingborg, Sweden 2015). Other projects include Parts Are Extra, a multiplatform sound and cinema project in collaboration with sound composer Christina Campanella (2012-2015); RETAIN where he explored the airport as a source of transient storytelling via cine-sculptures (2011); n. waves, an immersive installation about northerness, with sound artist Leif Jordansson (Immigration Museum, Växjö, Sweden and Northern Stage, Newcastle 2010-11). Norrman was an invited artist for the European Capital of Culture 2008 in Liverpool, UK, where he showed SCAN, a large-scale outdoor video installation which explored the building as an organic breathing organism and cinematic space/structure. He has collaborated with musician David Byrne (Here Lies Love (2010-11); The Builders Association (Invisible Cities (2006), Xtravaganza (2002), Jetlag (2000)) and designed stage films for crossmedia collective Latitude 14 (Red Fly/Blue Bottle and Tinder 2009-2010). Norrman is a recipient of 4 NYSCA Individual Media Awards (2000, 2003, 2005, 2010) and an Obie Award (Jetlag, 2000).

Lea Rekow is director of Green My Favela, an urban restoration project based in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.  Lea is a consultant to the sustainability action network GlobalCAD, an advisor to the Integrated Media program at Cal Arts, a special envoy of Open & Agile Smart Cities, a member of the Institute for Australian Geographers and a member of New York Women in Film and Television. Lea has held positions as director of Gigantic ArtSpace (NY), media director at the former Center for Peace and Human Security (NY), adjunct professor of media & communications at Pratt Institute (NY), and cultural advisor for Advance (Australian consulate in NY). She has also held positions as executive director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe (NM) and research fellow at the Center for Art and the Environment (NV). She was previously an advisor to the European Urban IxD program, and has served on numerous advisory panels for NYFA, SVA, Parsons, Amnesty International, the MacArthur award, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has worked extensively with ethnic minorities in Burma, on land use reclamation projects on the Navajo Nation, and on large-scale urban gardening projects in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas.