Kate Brown (Baltimore): The Great Chernobyl Mystery: How Ignorance became Policy and Politics

Datum: 03.05.2017
Ort: Berlin

Vortrag von Professor Kate Brown (University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA/American Academy Berlin)
Zeit: 18.00 (c.t.) - 20.00 Uhr

After the Chernobyl disaster, scientists around the world advocated a large-scale long term study on the health effects of Chernobyl exposures to the 4.5 million people most directly exposed. That study never occurred, nor do scientists today claim to know much about a range of health effects from long-term, low-dose exposures to ionizing radiation. Brown explores the archival history of early Soviet revelations of a public health disaster occurring in the contaminated lands and how that story disappeared from the scientific consensus. The case points to political and environmental predicaments today in the age of the Anthropocene.

Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is Professor of History at the University of Maryland in Baltimore (UMBC). She is the author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013), which won seven prizes, including the Dunning and Beveridge prizes from the American Historical Association.  Brown’s A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) was awarded the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History.  Brown’s most recent book Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten was published in 2015. Brown is the recipient of many fellowships, including from the John D. Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for Humanities. She is presently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and a Carnegie Fellow.  She is currently writing a history of human survival and endurance in communities circling the Chernobyl Zone.

Ein Vortrag im Berlin-Brandenburger Colloquium für Umweltgeschichte Sommersemster 2017 der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam (ZZF).


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Konzeption und Organisation des Berlin-Brandenburger Colloquiums für Umweltgeschichte (Sommersemester 2017):
Dr. Jan-Henrik Meyer (University of Kopenhagen/ZZF Potsdam)
Dr. Astrid M. Kirchhof (HU Berlin)

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Dr. Jan-Henrik Meyer http://zzf-potsdam.de/de/mitarbeiterinnen/fellows/jan-henrik-meyer
derzeit Visiting Fellow am Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam
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14467 Potsdam
Email: j.h.meyer [at] hum.ku.dk

Dr. Astrid M. Kirchhof
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Email: astrid.m.kirchhof [at] geschichte.hu-berlin.de