Recent activity

Fließende Grenzen? Der Rhein und die Oder-Neiße-Linie im Kalten Krieg (1949–1989)

Projektvorstellung im Kolloquium von Prof. Dr. Thomas Mergel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 15. Juni 2016.

Kraftwerk “Friedensgrenze” (Hirschfelde)

Photos from a short trip to Hirschfelde power station, just north of Zittau.

Transnational mais pas trop européen? Le mouvement franco-allemand d’opposition à l’énergie nucléaire dans les années 1970

Présenté à l’Institut historique allemand à Paris dans le cadre du séminaire de recherche « Vers un espace public européen ? Une illustration par les questions environnementales ».

“Power to the Bauer!” Anti-Nuclear Occupations and Rural Space, 1975-1980

Presented at the 2015 annual conference of the German Studies Association in Washington, DC as part of the “Occupy, Blockade, Riot: Seizing Space in the 1970s and 1980s” panel. Abstract: In the course of the 1970s, the occupation of houses, factories, churches, and construction sites became a common denominator of diverse protests across Western Europe…
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Utopia or Dystopia? Cultural Representations of Nuclear Energy in Western European Anti-Nuclear Movements

A collaborative presentation by Karena Kalmbach, Matthias Lieb, Stephen Milder, Andrew Tompkins, and Dick van Lente at the Tensions of Europe conference, Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, Stockholm, 3-6 September 2015. Our analysis focuses on representations of nuclear energy and of the anti-nuclear movement itself within them.  Guided by our questioning of the stark contrasts between utopia…
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The Transnational in the Local: The Larzac Plateau as a Site of Transnational Activism since 1970

Co-written with Robert Gildea, Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 50, no. 3 (July 2015), 581-605.

« L’électro-fascisme n’a pas de frontière ! » Deutsch-Französische Anti-AKW-Proteste der 1970er Jahre

Vortrag im Rahmen des Deutsch-Französischen Kolloquiums, Centre Marc Bloch Berlin, 7. Mai 2015.

Transnational — So What? On the Use and Abuse of a Historical Approach

Taught at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Sommersemester 2015.

Building Blocs: Germans and Their Neighbours in the 1970s

Presented at the ‘Living in European Borderlands’ conference, Université de Luxembourg, 20-22 November 2014. Abstract: The 1970s constituted a period of increasing cross-border integration within the competing transnational blocs of Eastern and Western Europe.  For the first time since the Second World War, East Germans and Poles could visit one another’s countries with relative ease,…
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A Specifically 1970s Transnationalism? Anti-Nuclear Protest in France and West Germany

Presented at the Transformationen der Ökologiebewegung conference, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, 14-15 November 2014. Abstract: The 1970s were a period in which local and decentralized protest action against nuclear energy collided for the first time with an emerging global environmental consciousness.  Were the anti-nuclear protests of that decade therefore unique in their “transnational” nature? Did cross-border interactions…
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