Lecture: UCEH kicks off the new academic year with Kate Brown


On 15 September, the Utrecht Centre for Environmental Humanities will celebrate the new academic year with their first monthly meeting. The guest speaker for the occasion will be NIAS Fellow and Professor of Science, Technology and Society Kate Brown (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT) and the meeting will end with drinks.

Kate Brown

Kate Brown has done amazing work on, among other topics, the impact of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and nuclear production and social transformation in the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. Her research interests illuminate the point where history, science, technology and bio-politics converge to create large-scale disasters and modernist wastelands.

Brown is currently working on a global history and future of urban farming. In her work she combines archival research, oral history, sensory observation and biographical narrative. Brown published award-winning books such as ‘Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters’ (Oxford University Press 2013), ‘Dispatches from Dystopia: Histories of Places Not Yet Forgotten’ (University of Chicago Press 2015) and ‘Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future’ (W.W. Norton 2019).

In this lecture, we will talk about Brown's work and exchange views about the contribution of the Humanities to academic and public debates about sustainability.

Governance of the UCEH

This first monthly meeting will also serve as a network meeting where we will make some decisions regarding the governance of the Utrecht Centre for Environmental Humanities. In earlier sessions, we decided to share the responsibilities of running the UCEH among a larger team of involved colleagues. This meeting will serve to divide up those tasks. Sharing responsibilities among many is in line with our collective and bottom-up spirit and will help to make the UCEH into a sustainable initiative for all. At the end of the meeting drinks will be served. 

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