Alexander Sallstedt

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Alexander Sallstedt, doctoral student in Cultural Anthropology

My doctoral project concerns mid-twenties Icelandic men’s thoughts about, and practices in, nature—understood as “untouched nature.” These dwellings of theirs, in nature, entangled as they are in conservationist discourses—in turn entangled in familial and national heritage—can be argued to manifest in novel understandings of nature as vulnerable. That is, in need of protection from and by culture, so to speak, to cope and survive. The project aspires to come to terms with these dwellings of theirs, in nature, understood as untouched and vulnerable—and the ethical imperative such imparts—, by means of an ecological analysis.