Participants and Organizers, Lund 2018



Farböl, Rosanna

Post-Doc in History, at SDU, The University of Southern Denmark. Farböl finished her PhD, in 2017 with the prizewinning dissertation, Koldkrigere, medløbere og røde lejesvende: Kampen om historien.  Farböl’s current post-doc project concerns Danish and British nuclear cultures and civil defence.

Fridlund, Mats

Associate Professor of the History of Industrialization at the department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. Currently Fridlund is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck institute for the History of Science. His current research focus is on the science, technology and materiality of terrorisms and its connections to industrialization and globalization.

Grant, Matthew

Senior Lecturer in Modern British History, Department of History, University of Essex, United Kingdom. Grant studied studied history at Queen Mary, University of London, receiving his PhD in 2006 named ‘Civil Defence Policy in Cold War Britain, 1945-68’. Recent research interests include the oral history, citizenship, and media history of civil defence.

Heilmann, Katrin

Incoming PhD student in War Studies with King’s College London. Master’s degree in China Studies with a specialization in politics and international relations at Peking University (北京大学). Research interests include Chinese foreign policy and Cold War history, particularly nuclear history, Sino-European Cold War interactions, epistemic communities and civil defence.

Kemper, Claudia

Ph D in history, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany. Deputy Spokeswoman of the German Association for Historical Peace- and Conflict Studies and member of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies’ working group. Her research focuses on Contemporary European and Transatlantic History, especially issues of peace and conflict and the history of experts, social movements and organizations.

Kyrenius, Pekka

Laboratory Manager and PhD student at Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, Finland. His doctoral thesis project is entitled ‘Technical evolution of Finnish civil defence shelter subsystems’.

Marti, Sibylle

Lecturer in modern European history at the Historical Institute at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany. In 2016, she finished her dissertation on the history of radiation in Cold War Switzerland (Strahlen im Kalten Krieg: Nuklearer Alltag und atomarer Notfall in der Schweiz, 1945-1990). Current research interests include the history of Switzerland in the 20th century, the history of the global cold war and the history of capitalism.

Norén, Fredrik

Doctoral Candidate in Media Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. His doctoral project, The Weight of Information: Governmental Information in Sweden 1965 – 1975, concerns state information strategies towards citizens. Research interests also include the media history of Civil Defense.


Sylvest, Casper

Associate professor at the Department of History, The University of Southern Denmark. Sylvest’s research interest concerns the political and cultural history of Denmark in the Nuclear Age.  His current project is called Danish Civil Defence during the Cold War (DACIDE).


Bennesved, Peter

Doctoral Candidate in History of Science and Ideas at Umeå University, Sweden. His dissertation project has the working title ‘Sheltered Society: A Century with the Swedish Air-Raid Shelter’ and his research interests revolves around the cultural history of civil defence technologies in the interwar years, the second world war, and in the atomic age.

Berger Ziauddin, Silvia

Assistant Professor in History of the 19th and 20th century at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Her research interests include the history of civil defence and disaster management in a transnational perspective, the history of knowledge in the atomic age, bunkers, defensive living and the vertical, and bacteriology and infectiology in the 19th and 20th century.

Cronqvist, Marie

Associate Professor in journalism and media history at the Department of Communication and Media, Lund University, Sweden. Her research interests are in the field of Cold War culture, the media history of civil defence, information management and psychological defence, and transnational broadcasting. Since 2014, she is coordinating the international research network “Entangled Media Histories (EMHIS)”, funded by STINT.

Robey, Sarah

Assistant Professor of the History of Energy at Idaho State University, USA. Her dissertation, ‘The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963’, examines the effect of the nuclear threat on American society during the early Cold War. Research interests include the history of the early Cold War, nuclear science and technology, natural and man-made disasters, and cultural citizenship.