PhD fellow, Cultural studies and Languages, University of Stavanger


Mehdi Torkaman (b. 1987) is a PhD candidate affiliated with The Greenhouse Center of Environmental Humanities in the University of Stavanger. With an M.A in English literature from the University of Oslo and an affinity for ecocriticism, he is interested in studying energy stories in popular culture to see how they characterize our performance of environmental citizenship in urban landscapes. His PhD project, [Em]powered by Nature: Rethinking citizenship for a green transition, is situated in the context of Stavanger (known as the oil capital of Norway), where he brings critical attention to how different energy stories envision the relationship between humans and the energy grid, and between the energy grid and nonhuman landscapes.

Selected publications

Torkaman Momeni, Mehdi (2022) Fuel and Feminism: Oil, Women, and the Urbanization of Nature. Tidsskrift for kjønnsforskning. ISSN 0809-6341. Volum 46. Hefte 2. s.98-113. DOI: 10.18261/tfk.46.2.6