17. mai 2021 i regn

April was a difficult month for me because of the very cold and rainy weather. It was not so many opportunities to take photos. From this month, I have only some mobile photos which I posted in highlight ‘I Oslo’ on my Instagram. At the beginning of April, we accepted papers for our session ‘Between Bones and Beliefs: Human-Bird Relations in Central and Northern Europe in the 1st Millennium AD’. We will have several papers on fascinating topics. Unfortunately, this year EAA conference will not take place in Kiel. It was completely moved online so this year it will be not possible to hear presentations live and to meet researchers.

In April, I also continued work on my chapter on waterbirds and co-authored an article. On 7th April 2021, I had the pleasure to take part in the fascinating online conference ‘Animals and Religion – The Joint Annual Conference of The Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies and the Finnish Society for the Study of Religion‘. I wrote about the conference and my paper on Viking Age Birds blog.

At the beginning of May weather begone slightly to change. This month, I continued my work on my PhD chapter on waterbirds. May was also another month in which I nearly did not take photos with my camera. I would like to be focused on my academic work and to be done with editing photos from 2020 and early 2021 before I start my new photo adventures.

On the 5th of May, I listened to a talk by Yuval Noah Harari and Mayim Bialik entitled ‘Why Do We Fear Innovation?’. 

17th May is a special day for me. One of my dreams is to take part in the celebrations and parades in Oslo. In the last year, all of the official events were cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic (see gallery ‘17. mai 2020‘). This year, the majority of events took place online and parades were cancelled. I planned to cycle to the centre of Oslo to document decorations and the overall situation. Unfortunately, the weather on this day was terrible. From early morning till late evening was heavy rains. That made my bicycle trip impossible. Therefore, I decided to spend the whole day at home and celebrate this day in a different way.

On 25th May, I participated in the fascinating talk by Neil Price delivered during ‘Potentials and Pitfalls of Comparison in the Understanding of the Past’.

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