By Ingrid Katrine Amundsen
Work in progress...
I am Ingrid Katrine Amundsen and I run IART Ingrid Katrine Amundsen, at iart.no. I am an educated architect and human geographer. As a photographer I am, however, self-thought. I am inspired by making knowledge more accessible. It should be an easy read, even though the urgent issues that are brought to attention, may have thrilling complexities. In writing about complex matters, the author always seeks to make a system account on rather hot issues. Examples of matters that I discuss may be embedded in cultural, psychological, economic, environmental or technological fields of research, e.g. compassion, creativity, and young climate strikers, deforestation, wind turbines, innovation or art. This is sought by placing the chosen problem(s) or hypothesis into a broader context. Whether these broader frameworks are historical, environmental, societal, geographical or institutional, a system approach it is. However, the core intellectual and creative process at this website can be summarized as this: I write to learn, and I learn as I write!
Nevertheless, the bird's-eye perspective of the chosen frameworks needs to be taken into account, to encourage a deeper understanding of a singular or more case(s). And finally, to criticise the complexities of a system, there has to be a dialogue between the case(s) and the system(s). It is also fundamental to have an an unexpected theoretical turn, to transform the suggested theories into exciting and passionate knowledge. This is acheived by emphasizing on a system understanding, and an interdisciplinary methodological approach! If not always a radical interdisciplinary perspective, the author most certainly, aim at having an interdisciplinary approach in her essays and texts. Indeed, the academic essays and texts at this web portal, seeks to be creative and is constructed intuitively and organically, in one or multiple flows. This webpage is, however, also an academic diary, since, the author is also inspired by fictional texts and confessional expressions. The use of the diary at this web portal is mostly in the short texts, such as e.g. "The Past Can Bite Like a Snake", and in the academic essays with preludes and postludes, but also as metaphors in most of the titles in the dropdown. This, to emphasize on engaging the reader and make the academic essays and texts, even more accessible. I write about extistential matters and urgent issues, that regards all of us, matters that are close to our hearts and fascinates our mindsets. Altogether, the different approaches that I use, adds to the accessibility of knowledge, which communicates to a broader audience: in sum, a democratization of knowledge.
We all have our responsiblity to tell and express our stories, the stories of the world, and support each other's stories. At this webpage I have chosen to rise the awareness about deaf people and their language in Norway, and tell their story. Reduced hearing or lack of hearing can affect everyone of us, at all stages of our lives. To mark this, each intellectual text and essay is assigned with videos with examples of the Norwegian Sign Language (NSL). The opening of each essay has keywords in NSL, that underscores and amplifies, the embodied meaning of each academic essay or text. This, to support and to share the story of my fellow sisters and brothers who are deaf; their fight for equality, and their battle to be fully recognized in our Norwegian society for their stories. Also, to mark their vital contribution to our common semantic, historical, and cultural heritage. NSL has a 200 year old history in Norway, and it is recognized as a Norwegian communicative and official language. To emphasise on the communicative power of NSL, a brief introduction interview at this webpage about NSL in NSL, will be displayed here at this website. NSL is, altogether, the integrated use or dance of body language, facial expressions, and signs done by the hands. In short, to go further into these urgent historical, semantic and cultural matters, an interview on NSL will be uploaded during the winter of 2021. Also, text will be added, for those who have not yet become familiar with the story, culture, and beauty of communicating with the official NSL. And, of course, since each country generally have their own sign language. I also want to make a personal contribution, by writing an essay on "Sign Languages as a Cultural Expression", due to be finished in 2028. It is time to share, watch and learn!
My essays are creative, intuitive, organic and hopefully brings new insights and novelties, to the reader, whether you are a beginner or professional reader. I use all the faccetted colours of our language to inspire you! I thrive in making complex theories more accessible and to put them into comprehensive, but easy to grasp frameworks. By connecting unexpected theories and add these into intriguing frameworks, the author always seeks to make knowledge shine! Do not hesitate to contact me, if you would like to co-work and co-create on an academic essay!
My devotional interest in academic writing
My interest in academic writing is something that I have nutured from the first days I attended my studies in architecture. I guess I am a writing architect, human geographer and photographer. In my studies I unintentionally sought theory courses with assigned writing tasks. Since my career took a late academic turn; when I started my studies in human geography, I was able to follow my passion for academic writing, fully!
Knowledge & photography
One of my core interests in human geography were complex theoretical essays. Not, that I think that this is the way to write academically! I rather started to pounder on how to make academic writing more accessible, by adding metaphors and a more colourful language, inspired by the visual language of photography.
To make knowledge accessible, the author utilizes core pinciples of open science and radical interdisciplinarity. The core aim of open science is to democraticise knowledge and seek to connect unexpected theories (interdisciplinarity). By using a language that is more colourful than what is expected academically, the aim is to make knowledge a page turner and to excite! The next way to make it more intriguing is to add complexity. And, finally, the author has sought to connect theory that brings new insights and novelties, in which the reader becomes passionate about the questions posed. However, the core principles of a visual spatial approach, equals having a holistic perspective on fundamental matters in theory and in life, or to engage in existential matters, the big questions in research and life.
I will argue that knowledge can be colourful, unexpected, visual, spatial, be questioning, be meaningful, funny, and shine like photographies!
Start with the easiest essay! Or, if you prefer complexity...