Publications, conference panels, and other events


Living (again) in an age of Nuclear Fear. New avenues for studying Cold War Civil Defense.
Silvia Berger Ziauddin, Peter Bennesved, Sarah Robey,
Berliner Kolleg Kalter Krieg, 16.04.2018,
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SHOT Milano 2019: Civil Defence: On Materialities in Civil Defence History
Organizer and Chair: Sarah Robey (Idaho State University)
Commentator: Silvia Berger Ziauddin (University of Bern)

  • Peter Bennesved (Umeå University): Becoming a Sheltered Society: Sweden and the AirRaid Shelter from Idea to Materiality.
  • Katrin Heilmann (King’s College London): Governing Chinese Nuclear Materiality: the Cold War Air Defence Shelter.
  • Rosanna Farbøl (University of Southern Denmark): Civil Defence in the City: Aarhus as a Site of the Imaginary Nuclear War.
  • Casper Sylvest (University of Southern Denmark): New Directions in Civil Defence History: A Framework for Analysis.

Conference on the History of Technology and science 2019, Kiruna, Sweden: Total Defense – Information, Emotions and Materialities.
Moderator: Nina Wormbs, Kungliga tekniska högskolan.

  • Peter Bennesved (Umeå University): Stockholm in transit: Gerd Ribbing and the public shelter in between myth and monument.
  • Rosanna Farbøl (University of Southern Denmark and University of Liverpool): Atomic Infrastructure.
  • Mats Fridlund (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science/Göteborgs universitet): Affecting artefacts: Towards a posthuman history of technology of the material shaping of emotions. Casper Sylvest (University of Southern Denmark) Female Citizenship in the Atomic Age: Civil Defense and the Women’s Preparedness League.

SHOT Philadelphia 2017: Nuclear Civil Defense Studies: New Approaches and Directions.
Organizer: Sarah Robey (Idaho State University)
Chair: Mats Fridlund (Aalto University, Finland)
Commentator: Sarah Robey (Idaho State University)

  • Katrin Heilmann (Peking University): Chinese Civil Defence Education: China’s Response to the Nuclear Threat, 1956-71
  • Rachel Maines(Columbia University): The Incombustible Meets the Unthinkable: Asbestos in Fallout Shelters in Cold War America
  • Sarah Robey (Temple University): Civil Defense and Scientific Expertise: Cultural Images and Authority

SHOT Albuquerque 2015: Civil Defense and the Nuclear World: An International Perspective on the Future of Shelter Studies
Organizer: Sarah Robey (Temple University, United States).

  • Peter Bennesved and Fredrik Norén (Umeå University, Sweden): Crisis Televised: The Media System of Swedish Cold War Civil Defense
  • Silvia Berger Ziauddin (Universität Zürich, Switzerland): Thinking with the Groundhog: An Animal and Media History of the Nuclear Bunker in Cold War Switzerland
  • Sarah Robey (Temple University, United States): From Bomb Shelter to Fallout Shelter: The Thermonuclear Revolution in American Public Culture