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Anna Storm

Docent

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Works at Department of Human Geography
Email anna.storm@humangeo.su.se
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 332
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I have a PhD (2008) in the History of Technology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden and became Docent in Human Geography at Stockholm University in 2016. Since January 2018 I work as a researcher at Stockholm University and lead the multidisciplinary projects “Atomic Heritage goes Critical” (2018-2020) and "Nuclear Legacies" (2015-2018) involving five scholars and case studies in Sweden, Russia, France and the UK. I am also participating in the research projects “Cold War Coasts” and "Nuclearwaters" hosted by KTH. I have previously had positions at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), and at the Institute of Contemporary History, both at Södertörn University, Sweden. In 2006 I received the Joan Cahalin Robinson Prize, my thesis Hope and rust: Reinterpreting the industrial place in the late 20th century was awarded the ICOHTEC Publication Prize for Young Scholars in 2009, and my monograph Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) was shortlisted for the Turku Book Award 2015.

Teaching

I am currently responsible for the course Urban heritage, and supervise theses in first and second cycle. I am also supervising PhD candidates.

Research

My research interests are centered on post-industrial landscapes and their transformation (in both physical and imaginary sense, and comprising both cultural and “natural” environments), from a heritage perspective. In my 2014 monograph Post-Industrial Landscape Scars (Palgrave Macmillan), I explore industrially devastated or otherwise hurt landscapes. These landscapes not only trigger perspectives of power relations but also challenge our understandings of ecology, aesthetics, memory and heritage. I suggest three categories to characterize different types of hurt post-industrial landscapes, and also different stages of potential recovery, namely 1) reused, 2) ruined, and 3) undefined. In the book, I also propose the metaphor of scars as a useful concept to grasp complex temporalities as well as components of injustice, conflict, narration, beauty, commodification and reconciliation. My current research deals with different nuclear nature imaginaries, deployed through human relations to nuclear fish.

Last updated: February 22, 2018

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