When Nature Takes Overhand: Narrating the Events of a Wildfire

Part of 26-03 Forest-Lore in the Pyrocene, Tuesday, October 19, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm

Jenny Ingridsdotter (Umeå University)

In 2014 and 2018, wildfires erupted in Swedish forests at a magnitude without precedence in modern history. These wildfires had a major impact on local communities, also stirring national debate on climate change. In this paper we present results from an ethnographic study on three regions affected by wildfires. We focus on local resident’s narratives about wildfire as a force of nature that conditions both the forest, as well as its human users and nonhuman inhabitants. How is the wildfire remembered and what meanings are expressed about the relation between nature and society? How is the future imagined in relation to the experience of the wildfire?

Part of 26-03 Forest-Lore in the Pyrocene, Tuesday, October 19, 5:15 pm–6:45 pm