I am a professor of Nordic literature with a research focus on ecocriticism and interdisciplinary environmental humanities. My book Umwelt-engagierte Literatur aus Island und Norwegen (2014) is the first ecocritical monograph on Norwegian and Icelandic contemporary literature. Together with Anna-Karin Jonasson and Peter Degerman, I have edited the volume Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment. Ecocritical Approaches to Northern European Literatures and Cultures (2018). My research and other publications focus on how literary texts address environmental change, the Anthropocene, education for sustainable development, contemporary literature from Northern Europe, and Old Norse literature and culture. I am co-founder and coordinator of the Ecocritical Network for Scandinavian Studies (ENSCAN), and vice president of the European Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (EASLCE).
More information on my research, my publications and other academic activities is available at www.reinhardhennig.net.
Since March 2021: Professor of Nordic literature at the Department of Nordic and Media Studies, University of Agder, Norway
2018-2021: Associate Professor of Nordic literature at the Department of Nordic and Media Studies, University of Agder, Norway
2017: Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway
2014-16: Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Humanities, Mid Sweden University, Sundsvall, Sweden
2014: PhD in Scandinavian Studies; University of Bonn, Germany
2013: Research stay at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo, Norway
2012: Research stay at EDDA - Center of Excellence, University of Iceland, Reykjavík
2009-2011: Lecturer at the Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Münster, Germany
2008-2012: Research assistant at the Department for Scandinavian Studies, University of Bonn, Germany
2008: M.A. in Scandinavian Studies, medieval and modern history; University of Bonn, Germany
2003-2008: Studies in Scandinavian Studies, medieval and modern history; University of Freiburg, Germany; University of Gothenburg, Sweden; University of Bonn, Germany
Contemporary literature from Northern Europe
Old Norse literature and culture
Ecocriticism and environmental humanities
Environmental change in history and literature
Education for sustainable development
“Anthropocene Aesthetics: Norwegian Literature in a New Geological Epoch.” NORDEUROPAforum. Journal for the Study of Culture 2021, 105–130.
Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment. Ecocritical Approaches to Northern European Literatures and Cultures. Edited by Reinhard Hennig, Anna-Karin Jonasson and Peter Degerman. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books 2018.
“Knowing the Right Thing, but Not Doing It. Knut Hamsun’s Markens grøde in the Anthropocene.” NORDEUROPAforum. Journal for the Study of Culture 2018, 16-43.
“Memory of Environmental and Climatic Change in the Sagas of Icelanders.” Scandinavian Studies 91 (3), 2019, 323-344.
15.11.2021: Interview: Om klima, miljø og bærekraft i nordisk skjønnlitteratur.
23.03.2020 Op-ed in the newspaper Fædrelandsvennen: "Det kan være trøst i katastrofelitteraturen"
29.05.2019 Op-ed in the newspaper Fædrelandsvennen: "Skolens læreplan overser elevenes miljøengasjement"
31.10. 2018 Press release (University of Agder) about my research on Nordic climate change fiction
03.12.2016 Article in Sundsvalls Tidning about the workshop Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment
07.07.2016 PodCast HumPod (Gothenburg University) about climate change as a literary motif
11.02.2015 Interview in Sveriges Radio P4 Västernorrland about the project Inscribing Environmental Memory in the Icelandic Sagas
26.11.2014 Press release from University of Bonn about my book Umwelt-engagierte Literatur aus Island und Norwegen
11.10.2012 Interview on Bonn Sustainability Portal about my PhD project
04.06.2012 Article in Frankenpost about my research stay in Iceland
10.10.2011 Interview in Domradio Köln about my book Sagas aus Island
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