Parker Krieg is a postdoctoral fellow in environmental humanities at the University of Helsinki, affiliated with the Humanities Programme in the Faculty of Arts and the Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science (HELSUS). He received his PhD in English from the University of Oregon with a focus on American literature and the cultural economies of post-Fordism. His recent article, “Energy Futures: John Updike’s Petrofictions,” appears in Studies in American Fiction. It examines the conjunctural relation between energy crisis and finance in 1979, and the rise of short-term speculation in response to a receding horizon of national and post-national futures. Krieg began exploring ecocritical approaches to cultural memory after joining the “Inscribing Environmental Memory” field seminar organized by the Nordic Network for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies (NIES). His current research examines the relation between narrative and material archive across three dimensions: 1) the retention of “difficult” social-environmental pasts, 2) transnational geographies shaped by various modes of anticipation, and 3) the posthuman technics of memory. In Helsinki, he coordinates the environmental humanities reading group within the arts faculty, which is part of the EH Forum of the newly established Helsinki Institute for Sustainability Science.
Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki
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