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Newsletter #1 2021
The Division of History of Science Technology and Environment

Welcome to a new year with the Division! We had a flying start with new colleagues to introduce on a distance, articles ready to get published and a letter in Science by our very own Susanna Lidström. Scroll down and read all about it in the first newsletter of 2021.

Take care!

Sofia Jonsson, on behalf of the
Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

In Focus

The STREAMS are Coming!
Mark your calendars for August 3 to 7 and this amazing online event, where researchers from a wide range of disciplines as well as artists, activists and practitioners can meet, discuss and set out future directions for thinking and acting in a time of an ongoing ecological crisis. More information to come. Stay updated: Facebook  Twitter
Application Deadline Extended to March 1:
There is still time to apply for an assistant professorship at the Division. Follow the link below for more information and take the chance to be a part of a humanist environment at KTH! Feel free to spread in your networks: 
Assistant Professor in History of Media and Environment with specialization in Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems


Research Updates

Assoc. Prof. Sabine Höhler and Andrea Westermann (UC Berkeley/Zurich) published a special issue on Writing History in the Anthropocene. Contributors include, among others, Sabine Höhler and Erik Isberg, both from the SPHERE project at the Division, and former colleague Anna Storm (now LiU). Special issue Geschichte und Gesellschaft. Zeitschrift für Historische Sozialwissenschaft/Journal for Historical Social Sciences 46 (2020) 4: Writing History in the Anthropocene. (pay per view)

"“Source criticism” has become an essential part of the Swedish government’s activities against false information, deception campaigns, and propaganda, which are viewed as fundamentally destabilising forces that can potentially undermine the democratic system, the public debate, and political decision-making." Researcher Fredrik Bertilsson in Humanities with the article Source Criticism as a Technology of Government in the Swedish Psychological Defence: The Impact of Humanistic Knowledge on Contemporary Security Policy (open access)

Postdoc Karl Bruno was published in Studies in history and philosophy of science with the article Disciplining Cattle Reproduction: Veterinary Reproductive Science, Bull Infertility, and the Mid-Twentieth Century Transformation of Swedish Dairy Cattle Breeding (open access)

Congratulations to Ethemcan Turhan that together with Marco Armiero was funded by Formas/the Swedish Research Council for the project: Harnessing the Heat Below our Feet - Promises, pitfalls and spatialization of geothermal energy as a decarbonization strategy.
Andrew F. Johnson and Division researcher Susanna Lidström was published in the prestigious journal Fish and Fisheries with an article about the need for more research into the relationship between EU's external fishing activity and the Sustainable Development Goals, also published this week.: The European Union's fishing activity outside of European waters and the Sustainable Development Goals (open access)

Postdoc Adam Wickberg analyses specific acts of handwriting on paper in relation to digitization in the journal Media Theory Contingency and Causality: Post-digital Handwriting (open access)

Prof. emeritus Arne Kaijser, together with Thomas Kaijserfeld "analyze how competence in the humanities and social sciences has been introduced into the system culture of the Swedish nuclear waste system (SNWS) traditionally dominated by scientists and engineers" in the journal Nuclear Technology  Changing the System Culture: Mobilizing the Social Sciences in the Swedish Nuclear Waste System (open access)

Janna Holmstedt "brings together scientific interspecies communication experiments, artistic practice and feminist posthumanities to inquire into the transformative role of sound and listening" in the Leonardo music journal: Interspecies Bodies and Watery Sonospheres: Listening in the Lab, the Archives and the Field (open access)

Guest prof. Cecilia Åsberg and Marietta Radomska has written the chapter Environmental Violence and Postnatural Oceans: Low-Trophic Theory in the Registers of Feminist Posthumanities for the book Violence, Gender and Affect

Full register of our publications

Upcoming Events

22 February, 16.15-17.45
Final Seminar
Reassembling the Environmental Archives of the Cold War: Perspectives from the Russian North
Doctoral Student: Dmitry Arzyutov
Opponent: Andy Bruno, University of Northern Illinois

8 March, 13.15 - 14.45
Higher seminar
Nuclear Clay​
Lecturer: Andrei Stsiapanau, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania) and Linköping University

More events in the Division Calendar

Bits and Pieces

Susanna Lidström and Andrew F. Johnson in Science: China is pivotal to the ocean's future (letter, access by purchase)

New episode of 'Corona Crisis: Once Upon a Pandemic' with Eric Paglia out now: Year of Crisis: Assessing the management of a protracted pandemic with Prof. Paul 't Hart (podcast)

New episode of "Sphere - a podcast on the evolution of global environmental governance": Spaceship Earth: from the Envioronmental Age to the Anthropocene with Sabine Höhler. (podcast)

Ulrika Bjare, Linus Salö, Sverker Sörlin, and Nina Wormbs from the Division, together with other researcher from the Vinnova-funded research platform Making Universities Matter, argue that utilization of research is a broader concept than commercialization for industrial development, in the journal Universitetsläraren. Fel av utredningen att främst fokusera på kommersialisering (debate, in Swedish)

Nina Wormbs and Sverker Sörlin togehter with several leading researchers reflects on the American election in 2020 in the report Stjärnspäckat. Reflektioner från amerikanska valet 2020 av ledande forskare (in Swedish)
Erik Isberg sees how our image of the savannah is characterized by its time. Great think piece on Swedens Radio's homepage: Vår bild av savannen avslöjar vilka vi är (essay, in Swedish)

Together with Christian Christensen at Stockholm University, Miyase Christensen was funded by the Swedish Research Council/Formas and The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) for a one-year research project, placed at Stockholm University. The project will examine Covid-19, media and trust in Stockholm. Miyase Christensen in new SU Project on Covid 19, Media and Trust in Stockholm (news article)

Annika Nilsson contributed with the chapter Sprickor och öppningar: Arktis och framtidens resurser in the book Arktiska spår - natur och kultur i rörelse on Nordiska museet förlag last year. Join the recorded release of the book to enjoy the interesting talks and panels:  Bokrelease: Arktiska spår - Natur och kultur i rörelse (webinar, in Swedish)

The profit of Sverker Sörlin's book on crisis (released summer 2020) was turned into an innovative way of supporting writers during the pandemic, and came out as scholarships for two writing projects. The authors who recieved a total of 25 000 SEK each was announced on February 12. Read all about it in the Division blog! (blogpost)

Staff & Co-Workers Updates

  • Linus Salö started a position as Researcher in the Making University Matter platform on Jan 1.
  • Postdoc Salvatore Paolo de Rosa left us for a position at Lund University, Jan 31
  • Researcher Annika Nilsson left us for a position at Luleå University of Technology, Jan 31
  • Guest Professor Cecilia Åsberg leaves us on February 28
  • Researcher Jacob von Heland leaves us on March 20 
  • Researcher Karl Bruno leaves us on March 31

Stay Updated 

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