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Anne Mette Seines

PhD Research Fellow

122I ( Universitetsveien 51, Kristiansand )
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By appointment.

Educated at University of Agder in with BA and MA in history, also educated as a high school teacher in history and religion. I have worked with communications, lately at Vest-Agder-museet where I worked with the exhibition "Summer Memories from Sørlandet" as well as writing a chapter in their publication "... at maatte erholde en liden Hjelp" - about poverty in the southern part of Norway. 

Have experience from other fields such as politics, NGOs and unionwork. 

Research interests

  • Poison and the history of poison
  • Social history
  • History of psychiatry
  • History of medicine


Poison in Scandinavia? 

A study of poisons, poison protocols and poison practicesfrom 1800 - 1970.

Poisons exist on all levels and arenas in society, therefor my PhD-project has a wide perspective on social- and culturalhistory. I will be following dangerous substances such as arsenic, strychnine, mercury and cyanid into peoples houses, gardens, farms, small factories and small businesses by studying a clearly defined but varied source material. I will explore weather stories of poison and poisonings reflect the present. Poison and poisonous are fleeting and constructed consepts, can a traditional understanding that dangerous substances were sold only from pharmacies facilitated in defusing newer substances danger because they were -and are- sold elsewhere?

       The overarching issue in my project Poison in Scandinavia? is: Which substances were acknowledged and recorded as poisons at what times by whom, and who made these definitions. By whom and to which ends were they applied. How were these dangerous substances administrated and which discourses, practices and kinds of knowledge tied to these substances did the people who were surrounded by them have.

Selected publications

 Poison to the Beasts (2018) 

Between 1845 and 1967 deadly poison was often used to kill and eradicate unwanted wild animals in the Norwegian fauna. The major targets of these poison practices were rats, predators and crows. This article presents the main types of poisons used, the main methods of poison administration and the legislation covering the poisoning-practices in regards to the various species, as well as negotiations over the killing methods and wildlife eradication programmes

Scientific publications

  • Nielsen, May-Brith Ohman; Seines, Anne Mette (2018). Poison to the Beasts: Changing Poisons and Poisoning Practices in Campaigns to Kill Norwegian Birds and Mammals, 1845–1967. Environment and History. ISSN: 0967-3407. 25 (3). s 321 - 364. doi:10.3197/096734018X15217309861595.
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2022). «Sinnssyke» – utenfor, midt blant alle: Om 1800-tallets fattige sinnssyke, deres diagnoser, muligheter og plass i samfunnet i tiden før psykiatri, psykofarmaka og store behandlingsinstitusjoner».
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2022). Poison at the Pharmacy. The precarious nature of legal poison 1619 - 1937.
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2022). Poison at the Pharmacy - Arsenic as a local and global multi-tool. (The decline an fall of the arsenic empire.).
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2022). Gate-keepers of Poison. Pharmacies' historic role in governing the sales of poisons to private citizens in Scandinavia..
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2022). Om smarte rotter, gift og et sidespor i karrieren..
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2021). Grenser for giftsalg og giftkonsum. Skandinaviske giftprotokoller som kilder til ulike nasjonale og lokale giftpraksiser..
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2019). Mercuriale tilstander.
  • Seines, Anne Mette (2019). Timing Rats.

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