Molecularising Nature: How Scandinavian Wolves Became Natural

  • Håkon B. Stokland Norwegian University of Science and Technology


This paper examines the construction and stabilisation of Scandinavian wolves as natural and worthy of protection. I argue that molecular biology was crucial to this process, and that the most significant work of the molecular biologists was to construct boundaries between pairs of categories, such as natural and unnatural.

Author Information

Håkon B. Stokland, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Håkon B. Stokland is currently a PhD student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His thesis will investigate the research and management of wolves in Norway since the 1960s. The project is situated at the intersection of science and technology studies, environmental history, history of science, and policy history.
How to Cite
Stokland, Håkon. 2013. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 16 (June), 1 - 9. Accessed June 24, 2018.