Jeg presenterte det første paperet fra dette prosjektet på den årlige konferansen til American Society for Environmental History i Boise, Idaho i USA, 13. mars 2008. Paperet hadde tittelen “Are you really in the wild when you have an espresso machine in your cabin?” – tror dette uoffisielt ble kåret til konferansens beste tittel! 🙂

Her er sammendraget: “The desire for modern conveniences has transformed the rustic cabin into a suburban home. This paper examines the integration of infrastructural and technological services into Norwegian leisure homes as a process of suburbanizing the wilderness from the 1950s to present.

Leisure homes have a central place in Norwegian culture. In 2006, there was one leisure home for every four primary residences. The traditional Norwegian leisure home is a rustic cabin in the woods, the mountains, or by the sea. Ideally, this building should be as simple as possible, with no indoor plumbing, electricity, or road access. However, towards the end of the twentieth century, the simple living of leisure homes moved from being an alternative to city life into an extension of it. The demand for modern conveniences such as indoor plumbing, electricity, and road access increased as owners looked to mimic the infrastructures of their primary residence in their vacation home. Through these suburbanization processes, two simultaneous changes occurred: (1) the cultural notion of communing with nature through the leisure home life changed and (2) many of the traditional leisure home areas of Norway came to face problems with the management of energy, sewage, and waste. The traditional wilderness ideal of the Norwegian cabin has thus been replaced by a modern suburban home with all its conveniences.”

Jeg presenterte også en versjon av dette paperet på First International Seasonal Homes and Amenity Migration Workshop, Trondheim, mars 2008.