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20022020

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“If you want an easy answer, don’t ask a historian!”

Research profile

Karena Kalmbach holds a tenure track position in History at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her areas of expertise include Social and Cultural History of Technology and the Environment (with a particular focus on Nuclear History), Politics of Memory, and Social Studies of Science and Technology. Karena has done extensive research on the question of how national and international nuclear politics have influenced the debate on the health effects of the Chernobyl accident in France and the UK. Furthermore, she researched how the commemoration of the accident has been used to underpin political arguments in various European countries. Taking up her position at TU/e, she set up an interdisciplinary research project with her TU/e colleagues Andreas Spahn (Philosophy) and Ginevra Sanvitale (Anthropology) in which they investigate the interrelation of Fear and Technology, focusing on the question: How does fear drive technological innovation?

Academic background

Karena Kalmbach obtained her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence (Department of History and Civilization). Her PhD thesis : “Meanings of a Disaster: The Contested 'Truth' about Chernobyl. British and French Chernobyl Debates and the Transnationality of Arguments and Actors”, won the 2015 Book Prize of the International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC). Karena holds a M.A. in History, Political Sciences and Communication Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin. During her M.A. and PhD, she received numerous fellowships that allowed her to study at Université de Lausanne, École Normale Supérieure Paris, Sciences Po Paris, and University of California, Berkeley.  

Before joining TU/e, she was a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Policy Research Centre of Freie Universität Berlin where she worked on questions of conflicts, acceptance and acceptability in nuclear waste management. Since 2014, Karena has been the coordinator of the Nuclear International Research Group (NIRG) and in 2017, together with her colleague Claire le Renard (Sociology) set up the network “nuclear_hss – Humanities and Social Sciences Research on Nuclear Issues” (https://listes.services.cnrs.fr/wws/info/nuclear_hss).

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Research Output

Crises and technological futures: experiences, emotion, and action

Kalmbach, K., Marklund, A. & Åberg, A., Jan 2020, In : Technology and Culture. 61, 1, p. 272-281 10 p.

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    Tschernobyl: ein blinder Fleck

    Kalmbach, K., Oct 2019, Europa: Die Gegenwart unserer Geschichte. Francois, E. & Serrier, T. (eds.). Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

    Baromètre IRSN - Point de vue

    Kalmbach, K., Aug 2018, Baromètre IRSN sur la perception des risques et de la sécurité par les Français. IRSN, p. 24 1 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

    Die destruktive Produktion : der französische Atomsektor aus Sicht André Gorz’ politischer Ökologie

    Kalmbach, K., Nov 2017, André Gorz und die zweite Linke: die Aktualität eines fast vergessenen Denkers. Leggewie, C. & Stenke, W. (eds.). Berlin: Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, p. 148-156 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

    From Pripyat to Paris, from grassroots memories to globalized knowledge production: the Politics of Chernobyl Fallout

    Kalmbach, K., Bauer, S. & Kasperski, T., Sep 2017, Nuclear Portraits: Communities, the Environment, and Public Policy. MacDowell, L. (ed.). Toronto: University of Toronto Press, p. 149-189 41 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • Prizes

    ICOHTEC Book Prize for Young Scholars

    Karena Kalmbach (Recipient), Aug 2015

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Activities

    Technikgeschichte (Journal)

    Karena Kalmbach (Guest editor)
    Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

    Presentation: The Contested Memory of the Nuclear Age

    Karena Kalmbach (Invited speaker)
    16 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Consolidating Meeting of the Anxiety Culture Research Network, organized by the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

    Karena Kalmbach (Member)
    26 May 201929 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Posthumus Institute Seminar 2 of the Institute’s PhD Training in Social and Economic History

    Karena Kalmbach (Invited speaker)
    3 May 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkScientific

    Workshop "Nuclear weapons, computers and our relationship with technology: Perspectives on fear and technological developments"

    Karena Kalmbach (Invited speaker)
    8 Mar 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkScientific

    Press / Media

    HBO Chernobyl miniserie

    Karena Kalmbach

    1/10/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Deutschlandfunk: Aus Kultur- und Sozialwissenschaften

    Karena Kalmbach

    23/02/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Tagung zum Thema "Angst" am ZZF Berlin

    Karena Kalmbach

    23/02/17

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Dimensionen - die Welt der Wissenschaft: 30 Jahre Tschernobyl

    Karena Kalmbach

    22/04/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    "Nuclear power wouldn't have stood a chance - even without Chernobyl"

    Karena Kalmbach

    21/04/16

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    Governing rural waste: a case study to the implementation of the eight design principles to solid waste management in Bali

    Author: van Hemmen, J., 31 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Höffken, J. (Supervisor 1), Romijn, H. (Supervisor 2) & Kalmbach, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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    Social entrepreneurs working with AI in the context of developing countries: understanding the ethics

    Author: Huerta Munguia, B., 30 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Romijn, H. (Supervisor 1), Hermann, J. (Supervisor 2) & Kalmbach, K. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

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