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Anna Storm

Anna Storm



School of Historical and Contemporary Studies

Associate Professor

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Anna Storm
Alfred Nobels allé 7
Södertörns Högskola
Fax: +46 8 608 4170

I am trained as an historian with a multidisciplinary profile. I have my PhD in the History of Technology and I am Associate Professor (docent) in Human Geography. 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 post-industrial landscape scars as a useful concept to grasp complex temporalities as well as components of injustice, conflict, narration, beauty, commodification and reconciliation. I believe there is a potential in this metaphor that may stretch beyond the heritage context in which it is primarily set in the book. My intention is to develop it further in coming research projects.
My current research project deals with Nuclear legacies, involves four scholars and is funded by the Baltic Sea Foundation. In this project, we investigate different arenas where radioactive landscapes are negotiated: in museums, in relation to waste storage facilities, in processes of closing down nuclear power plants, and in what I call “post-nuclear natures”. The empirical material will be gathered in Sweden (with a focus on Barsebäck), Denmark (Risø), France (Fessenheim) and Russia (St Petersburg and Kaliningrad), and I am happy to lead an interdisciplinary group with broad international profiles in terms of countries of birth, countries of residence and linguistic skills. The other participants are Tatiana Kasperski (political science), Florence Fröhlig (ethnology) and Egle Rindeviciute (cultural studies).