The Learning from Doubt course culminates in the presentation of students’ final theses


  • Zagros Manuchar: The Poem from a Former Child Soldier

  • Sonja Kilpeläinen: Scene of a Secret

  • Joonas Pulkkinen ja Lauri Lähteenmäki: “Forest as a war victim – 1950’s as turning point of Finnish industrialization and Forest industry”

  • Emma de Carvalho: Island of Birds. Uunisaari.

The final works by students on IHME Helsinki Commission 2022, Amar Kanwar’s Learning from Doubt online course, will be on display during Environmental Humanities Month in November 2022. The event is being organized by the Environmental Humanities Hub of the University of Helsinki. The Learning from Doubt online course was attended by students from the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of the Arts and sustainability science students from the University of Helsinki, some of whom carried on the reflection prompted by the course in their own final theses.

Students’ works include texts, photographs, video works and performances that apply Amar Kanwar’s method of doubt. The task was to investigate alternative ways of evaluating and understanding their chosen environmental crime. The students come from both educational institutions, among them, for example, Joonas Pulkkinen and Lauri Lähteenmäki from the Academy of Fine Arts, who will hold a discussion in texts and pictures about forests as victims of wars. Zagros Manuchar’s work is about a Kurdish child soldier, while in her video work sustainability science student at the University of Helsinki Emma de Carvalho deals with the impact of climate change on birds on Uunisaari Island. Also showing their works will be Sonja Kilpeläinen, Kaisa Penttinen, Anni Piiroinen, Li Tingyang, Saana Janhila and María Rún, Sanni Kouhia and Frida Högnabba.

The University of Helsinki’s Environmental Humanities Hub investigates the multifaceted cultural and relational dimensions of human-caused environmental change, now one of humanity’s most urgent challenges. Environmental Humanities Month brings together events in which:

“The main goal is to raise awareness of the humanities and social-science aspects of circularity and humanity’s shift to sustainability by targeting a global audience via scientific and artistic interdisciplinary cross-pollination, and by using local knowledge, as well as languages beyond English, to amplify vulnerable and marginalized voices of environmental humanists across the globe,” says Viktor Pal, coordinator of the programme.

We are glad that Amar Kanwar’s course has continued to live on in the students’ works and that they can be seen by everyone. The Environmental Humanities Month programme will be updated in the Helsinki #ENVHUM Blog throughout the autumn.