Welcome, Velkommen, Willkommen. My name is Anne-Sophie. I’m a journalist, writer, and admirer of all things wild. From my desk, overlooking a fjord in the South of Norway, I write fiction, poetry, essays and reportings. I also grow vegetables and work as a part-time farmer. In the beginning of 2020 I embarked on a personal climate strike. It felt like an appropriate answer to a world that is experiencing extraordinary losses: of species, habitat, ecological connectivity, and personal connection to the natural world. I decided to radically change the trajectory of my life. The year profoundly changed what I find valuable in life, what I keep close to my heart and what I have learned to let go of. This Blog is a documentation of this ongoing process.
My work, both as a writer and journalist, is concerned with questions of ecological and social justice, with the therapeutic effects of creative expression, with deep adaptation and climate emotions. I am inspired by philosophies of animism anddeep ecology, by poetry and nature writing.
I hold a BA in Comparative Literary Studies from the University of Erfurt and a MA in Cultural Theory and History from Humboldt University of Berlin. My research is influenced by arts-based approaches, phenomenology and critical theory, by grief and trauma studies, storytelling traditions, and by my longtime practice of zen buddhism (introduced to me by my dad).
If Idon’t read and write you’ll find me bird-noticing (a term adapted from Jenny Odell) or straying through fields and forests. When I encounter the more-than-human world, I often ask myself two questions I learned from Rachel Carson: What if I had never seen this before? What if I knew I would never see this again?
My work as a freelance journalist has appeared in German newspapers and magazines such as DIE ZEIT and ZEIT ONLINE, ZEIT CAMPUS, and Mare Magazin. I am an occasional contributor to the national public radio DLF Kultur. I write in English and German (and, rarely and secretly, in Norwegian).
The questions that inform my life and work are:
Can we reimagine a way to be human that doesn’t cause so much suffering? How can we reimagine ourselves as being a part of, not apart from, the more-than-human-world? And how do we make space for the hard conversations, individually and collectively?