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Dr Mathilda Rosengren (BA (Hons), MA, PhD)

Dr Mathilda Rosengren (BA (Hons), MA, PhD)

Research Assistant

Mathilda's research interests lie in the intersection of more-than-human geography, multispecies anthropology, urban and landscape studies, and the environmental humanities - particularly focusing on the relational structurings of human and other-than-human dwelling in Anthropocene urban landscapes.

Career

  • 2020-present: Research Assistant, working with Prof. Matthew Gandy, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2019-2020: Part-time Project Coordinator for ERC Advanced Grant "Rethinking Urban Nature", Department of Geography, University of Cambridge

Qualifications

  • 2020 Doctor of Philosophy, Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2014 Master of Arts, Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin
  • 2010 Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Anthropology and Media, Goldsmiths, University of London
  • 2007 Diploma A in Art History and Visual Studies, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg

Funding and awards

  • Study Awards:
    • PhD funding:
      • Studentship Award: European Research Council funded project "Rethinking Urban Nature" (2015-2019)
      • Completion Grant: GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2019)
      • Continuing Research Studentship: GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016)
    • MA Study Grant:
      • Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2012)
    • BA Study Grants:
      • Stiftelsen Kjellberska Flickskolans Donationer (2007, 2008)
      • Willinska Stiftelsen (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Fieldwork, Travel, and Transferrable Skills Grants:
    • University Fieldwork Fund. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
    • Research and Travel Grant. GARS, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (2016, 2017, 2018)
    • Transferrable Skills Grant. Transferrable Skills Fund, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016)
  • Publication Grants:
    • Åke Wibergs Stiftelse: Urban Appropriation Strategies (2017)
    • Patrum Lumen Sustine Stiftung: Urban Appropriation Strategies (2017)
    • ERC Rethinking Urban Nature: Urban Appropriation Strategies (2017)

Research

In bringing intricate parts of more-than-human urbanities to light, my research provides not only a thick description of the everyday politics of urban nature planning and conservation of Northern European cities, but in particular works toward developing perspectives, beyond the singularly human, of what being a contemporary urban dweller (human or otherwise) in actuality entails.

My doctoral research explored more-than-human entanglements of contemporary urban environments in order to develop a rearticulation of urban landscapes as spaces decidedly beyond the exclusively human. Taking its cue from the question "How do we live with urban difference today?," such spaces, I argued, emerge through, as well as change with, a variety of socio-ecological entwinements. Thus, the thesis proposed that alternative ways of living in urban landscapes may be detected, as well as potentially fostered, if we turn our attention to other-than-human being, becoming, and belonging in the city. Subsequently, it investigated how this, in practice as well as in theory, changes the ways in which human city dwellers consider other-than-human urban expressions.

Interlacing empirical examples from twelve months fieldwork in Berlin, Germany, and Gothenburg, Sweden, with a series of theoretical approaches on how to conceive of the urban, diversity, matter, and vitality – ranging from the scientific (urban ecology and biology) and empirically-grounded, social scientific (urban political ecology, more-than-human ethnographies, human-plant and -animal studies and so forth), to the philosophical (such as posthumanist and neo-vitalist concepts) – some disparities were discerned in this research canon: One concerned the separation of theoretical reasoning and empirical study, where, as Donna Haraway notes, the "mud" of the world of actual multispecies living never truly seems to reach, nor to be included in, the "sublime" of philosophical thought. Another one was the lack of overarching empirical accounts tracing the implications of recognising everyday urbanities as contingent, yet multifarious, wholes of more-than-human socialities, as defined by anthropologist Anna Tsing. My research showed that through the formulation of an expanded notion of more-than-human urban difference, and an intimate ethnographic engagement with the urban other-than-human, these disparities may be addressed.

Publications

Peer reviewed

  • Rosengren, M. 2015. "Memory and digital technologies - a reflection on remembering in a virtual world", Politics of Place - a journal for postgraduates, Issue 02: Technology, University of Exeter, pp. 60-81. ISSN: 2052-4498

Edited books

  • Mameli, F A., Polleter, F., Rosengren, M. and Sarkez-Knudsen, J. (eds.) 2018. Urban Appropriation Strategies: Exploring Space-making Practices in Contemporary European Cityscapes. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag. doi.org/10.14361/9783839441701

Chapters in books

  • Rosengren, M. (2020) "There's life in dead wood – tracing a more-than-human urbanity in spontaneous Gothenburgian nature" in The Botanical City. Gandy, M. & Jasper, S. (eds.) Berlin: jovis Verlag, pp. 229-236. ISBN: 978-3-86859-519-2
  • Rosengren, M. (2018) "Urban Appropriation Strategies: an introduction" in Urban Appropriation Strategies: Exploring Space-making Practices in Contemporary European Cityscapes. Mameli, F A., Polleter, F., Rosengren, M. and Sarkez-Knudsen, J. (eds.) Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 11-21. doi.org/10.14361/9783839441701-002
  • Rosengren, M. (2018) "Urban Natures of Appropriation – Interview with Matthew Gandy" in Urban Appropriation Strategies: Exploring Space-making Practices in Contemporary European Cityscapes. Mame-li, F A., Polleter, F., Rosengren, M. and Sarkez-Knudsen, J. (eds.) Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 65-71. doi.org/10.14361/9783839441701-007

Conference presentations

  • "Urban trees as 'furniture'? On moving large street trees and more-than-human politics of the right to move and stay put". (Re)Connecting Urban Natures. Symposium. RMIT Europe, Barcelona (February 2020)
  • "Färjenäs, a wasteland historiography; or, tracing uneasy landscapes of forgetting and remembering". Royal Geographical Society with IBG, Panel: More-than-Human haunted Landscapes: Trace-ing Bi-naries Of Hope/Desolation. London (August 2019)
  • "Cultivating feral ecologies? More-than-human practices of 'managing' urban green space". Urban ecologies: cultivated, feral, wild -ERC Horizon 2020 uEcologies Project Workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (November 2018)
  • Organiser and moderator. Film as Method in the Geo-Humanities. Two-day workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (October 2018)
  • Organiser and moderator. Archival Forum. Graduate workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (October 2018)
  • "Färjenäs, a wasteland historiography; or, tracing an urban ecology of remembering". From horror vacui to spaces of re-enchantment: art, ecology, and urban wastelands Workshop. University of the Arts Berlin. Berlin (May 2018)
  • Organiser and moderator. First-Year Fieldwork Forum. Graduate workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (May 2018)
  • "Urban nature of agonistic access, agency, and affect - living with the potential of difference in the more-than-human city". Third-Year PhD Conference. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (April 2018)
  • "Affecting the more-than-human - exploring socio-ecological alignments in urban green space preservation". Association for American Geographers Annual Meeting, Panel: Rethinking Urban Nature. New Orleans (April 2018)
  • "Grounding ethnography: or ambivalent knowledge productions through qualitative data". Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (November 2017)
  • "Picturing multispecies ethnography: exploring human and other-than-human urban inequalities through visual methods". Nordic Geographers Meeting, Panel: Visualizing Inequalities. Engaging with (critical) visual methods in Geography. Stockholm (June 2017)
  • "Dendrocopos minor as infrastructure? Reimagining green infrastructure through the lesser spotted woodpecker". Imagining infrastructure: space, subject, and affect Workshop. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (March 2017)
  • Organiser and moderator. Urban Appropriation Strategies Conference. School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Kassel. Kassel (November 2016)

Exhibitions / screenings

  • Piano - A silent experiment in visualising urban sound, rhythm and form, silent Super 8 short film, camera & analogue editing: C Miranda Scherffig, M Sturny & M Rosengren
    Public screening - Projecto Lacuna, Alfinete Galeria, Brasília, Brazil (10 July 2015)
  • Anthropological framings through sound and image - co-curator and organiser
    Degree show MA Visual and Media Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin, Germany (24-27 October 2014)
  • Open planning, closed city, audio-visual installation
    Public exhibition - degree show Anthropological framings through sound and image (24-27 October 2014)
  • Transpositions - Rosa Barba on her work at the 8th Berlin Biennale, audio-visual portrait of artist Rosa Barba's work at the 8th Berlin Biennale, camera & sound: L Hoppe & M Rosengren, editing: M Rosengren
    Public screening - KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (15 July 2014)

Teaching

  • Supervisor:
    • Geography Tripos, Part 1A: Understanding Cultural Geographies, University of Cambridge (2016, 2017)
    • Geography Tripos, Part 1A: Contemporary Urban Geographies, University of Cambridge (2017)
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: The Geographies of Global Urbanism, University of Cambridge (2016-2018)
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: Dissertation supervision (2018, 2019)
  • Teaching assistant:
    • Geography Tripos, Part II: Landscape and Power, University of Cambridge (2017, 2018)
    • Geography Tripos, Part IB: Residential Fieldtrip Berlin (20162017)
  • Invited lecturer:
    • Filmmaking as research: "Applied Visual Anthropology, Film as Research Method". King's College, University of Cambridge (2018)
    • Architecture Research Methods: "Ethnographic Site Observation and Interviewing Skills". Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge (2017)

External activities

  • Convenor. Infrastructural Geographies Research Group. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2017 - 2019)
  • Convenor and founder. Fieldwork Seminar Series: Methodologies in the 'field'. Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2017 - 2018)
  • Peer-review assignments. Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science & International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (2017 - 2020)
  • Invited Participant. Urban Green Space Roundtable. The British Academy, London, U.K. (February 2020).
  • Invited Participant. Urban Green Spaces Policy Workshop. London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, and Royal Botanic Garden Kew (October 2018)
  • Invited Participant. Beyond Urban Transformation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Everyday Life. KOSMOS international workshop. Humboldt University of Berlin, Urban Ethnography Lab, Georg-Simmel Center for Metropolitan Studies (September 2018)
  • Invited Participant. The Idea of the City: Reality Check. Interdisciplinary summer school. Urban Forms Center & Heinrich Böll Stiftung Kiev. Slavutych/Chernobyl, Ukraine (July 2016)
  • Member. Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography (2020 - onwards)
  • Member. Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) – Postgraduate Fellow (2019 - onwards)
  • Member. Political Ecology Group, University of Cambridge (2015 - 2020)
  • Member. American Association of Geographers (2017 - 2018)
  • Visiting student. Kolleg-Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung (The Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2013 - 2014)