• This talk addresses the challenges of doing environmental and digital humanities (D&EH) work in the space of “high Nordic” colonialism and extractivism in Norway (Lars Kiel Bertelsen, qtd. in Arke, Ethno-Aesthetics 9). Trondheim, a burgeoning silicon fjord smart city in the throes of overdevelopment and (post)colonial conflict, and NTNU, Norway’s largest public research university and a “story factory” often tasked with providing eco-solution plots to the nation’s extractive industries, serve as the background. And yet, even in this sacrificial humanities landscape, disobedient D&EH storytelling that extends beyond the necrotic industrial plots, that transcends the city/university divide, and that brings transient and permanent city residents together does happen.
    This talk will explore the craftwork of such ephemeral, immersive, and public storytelling work that engages diverse participants in acts of narrative reciprocity and, often, moves beyond the narrative limits into somatic, embodied reflection. Specifically, it will draw on recent small- and large-scale immersive environmental storytelling projects inspired by the work of feminist and postcolonial digital media practitioners and EH scholars—Nancy Mauro-Flude, Kyle Powys Whyte, Roopika Risam, Anna Tsing—the “undisciplined” institutional work of KTH’s EH Laboratory (Armiero, Barca, Velicu), and the indefatigable labor of local storytellers and activists, and efforts to bring D&EH and digital art into close “sensorial touch” (Manning). Finally, it will explore how public humanities can reveal the poetic, ethical, and non-instrumentalist affordances of digital tools in the era of neoliberal “wasteocene” and environmental injustice (Armiero, Wasteocene). We will also ponder what makes such work possible. And worthwhile.