Adam Wickberg

Adam Wickberg

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Jul 2021-Jun 2023)


Adam Wickberg is a researcher in the history of media and environment at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. He received his PhD in 2016 from Stockholm University and the Research School in Cultural History. In 2013–2014 he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His thesis on the nexus of media, power, and politics in early modern Spain was published as a monograph titled Pellucid Paper: Poetry and Bureaucratic Media in Early Modern Spain (London: Open Humanities Press, 2018). 

Wickberg currently works with several scholars at KTH in the project The Mediated Planet: Claiming Data for Environmental SDGs, which explores the global environment as emerging through environmental data and asks how data gathering practices, data access, and data ownership shape environmental perception and politics. In this context, he is currently working on projects on ocean digitalization and precision agriculture. He also teaches courses on AI and Sustainability, The Anthropocene and Political Ecology at KTH. He is a member of the working group Anthropocene Formations and works with the research group Anthropocene Formations of Department I. 

Wickberg is co-editor of the book Environing Media (Routledge, 2022) which features essays from leading scholars of media and environmental humanities. The volume probes the new theoretical concept of “environing media” as an analytical tool that can account for how media produce environmental epistemologies in different historical times, and how humans come to act upon this mediated knowledge about the planetary environment they inhabit.

His research interests include media history and theory, digital cultures, AI, extractivism, digitalization and sustainability, history of science, environmental history, environmental and ocean humanities, and the Anthropocene.


IV. Anthropocene Formations


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Selected Publications

Peters, John Durham and Adam Wickberg (2022). “Media: The Case of Spain and New Spain.” Critical Inquiry 48 (4): 676–696.

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Wickberg, Adam (2022). “Environing Media and Cultural Techniques: From the History of Agriculture to AI-driven smart Farming.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, December 26, 2022.

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Wickberg, Adam and Johan Gärdebo, eds. (2023). Environing Media. Routledge Environmental Humanities. London: Routledge.

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Lidström, Susanna, Adam Wickberg, and Johan Gärdebo (2022). “Ocean Environing Media: Datafication of the Deep Sea.” In Environing Media, ed. A. Wickberg and J. Gärdebo, 114–133. London: Routledge.

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Wickberg, Adam (2022). “Temporal Poetics of Planetary Transformations: Alexander von Humboldt and the Geo-anthropological History of the Americas.” In Times of History, Times of Nature: Temporalization and the Limits of Modern Knowledge, ed. A. Ekström and S. Bergwik, 181–205. New York, NY: Berghahn Books.

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Upcoming Events


Historical Epistemologies of Planetary Modelling


Past Events


Anthropogenic Markers Workshop


Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Formas Agenda 2030 conference: Using knowledge in an unstable world
Panelist in seminar “Safe decisions in an unsafe world: Compile Knowldge or ask Chat-GPT?”


AI and Sustainability (4 ECTS Course)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

The Anthropocene (4 ECTS Course)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Notes on the Air as an Environing Medium

Anthropogenic Markers

HWK, Berlin

The Future History of the Anthropocene (Convener and chair)

STREAMS: Transformative Environmental Humanities

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

AI and the Posthumanities (Convener and chair)

AI and the Posthumanities

Posthumanities Hub - Linköping University

The Mediated Planet: Claiming Data for Environmental SDGs

Anthropocene Colloquium


Environing Media and the Anthropocene

The Shape of a Practice

HKW, Berlin

Environing Media and the Shaping of Landscapes (Keynote lecture)

Histories of Nature and Environments: Shaping Landscapes

University of Lisbon

Historical Epistemologies of Planetary Modeling

Berlin, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Digital Twins and Ocean Governance: Exploring an Emerging Sociotechnical Imaginary


Bionic Natures Workshop
Filtering Environmental Data and the SDGs

Automation Control and Incompetence: Sociotechnical Ecologies of Responsible Filtering in the 21st Century

Humboldt University, Berlin