Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment

The Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment, with the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, is an integrative post-disciplinary division for research, education and societal engagement.

Our point of departure is that historical studies are central for understanding contemporary conditions and future change. Science and technology are part of our culture, and shape and change environments and conditions for life on earth.

Our ambition is to build a diverse and integrated collection of historical expertise that is willing and able to address major societal challenges through: research that contributes original perspectives and new insights on the relations between science, technology, environment and society; education that reaches students of various backgrounds and broadens their knowledge and perspectives; and participation in public debates that raises new questions and challenges current ideas.

Should scientists stop flying?

Decoupling knowledge from carbon in an age of climate change. Join us for this challenging and crucial conversation on the relationship between post-carbon sustainability, mobility and knowledge production!

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Click here to read more and to register.

Tensions of Europe Summerschool - Call for Proposals

The Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group  organises the summer school “Borders and Crises in European Past and Present – angles from the history of technology” in connection to the 8th Tensions of Europe Conference  (Athens, 7-10 September 2017). Read more here! (docx 35 kB)

Global Media Café: A Second Home: Mediating Borders and Hospitality

Wednesday 8 March 2017, 9 am - 5.30 pm at Bio Mauritz, Filmhuset

Welcome to a Global Media Café entirely dedicated to “A Second Home: Mediating Borders and Hospitality - A symposium bringing together academic and artistic perspectives on refugees, migration and citizenship”. The event, which includes four sessions and roundtable discussions,starts at 9:00 am and ends at 5:30 pm, followed by a mingle. Read more here (pdf 5.2 MB)   anch check out these pages as well: SU & Facebook!

Research productivity compatible with quality

Sverker Sörlin comments on new PLOS One article based on publications by 28 million individual researchers 1980-2013. Click here to read the article!

Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change

The book explores the way museums tackle the broad global issue of climate change. It explores the power of real objects and collections to stir hearts and minds, to engage communities affected by change. To read more and to buy the book, click here!

"Fjällen – ett bortglömt kulturlandskap"

Oftast talar man om de svenska fjällen som en vildmark. I själva verket är det ett kulturlandskap, fyllt av diskreta spår i områden som använts av människor mycket länge. Läs Daniel Svensson och Sverker Sörlins artikel i Campi här!

Integrativa kunskapsmiljöer – rapport från två seminarier

En ny rapport från Vetenskapsrådet sammanfattar innehåll och diskussioner i två workshops om integrativa kunskapsmiljöer som arrangerades vid Vetenskapsrådet våren 2016. Författarna av denna rapport, professor Anders Ekström och professor Sverker Sörlin, svarade för idé och program.  Läs mer här!

ERC Starting Grant till Peder Roberts

Femton forskartalanger vid svenska universitet har nyligen tilldelats ERC Starting Grants för att få möjligheten att påbörja sin egen oberoende forskning.
En av dessa är Peder Roberts, avdelningen för historiska studier som forskar om politik, miljö, och vetenskap i polarområdena, särskilt under det kalla kriget. Klicka här för att läsa mer (only in Swedish).

Statement on U.S Executive Order and Climate Policy

The Division expresses its support to the initiative. Please read the statement here!

Sverker Sörlin gives talk on academies and freedom

Division Professor Sverker Sörlin discussed current threats to academic freedom and mobility in talk at the  205th Commemorative meeting of the Academy of Agriculture and Forest Sciences Read the full speach here! (In Swedish) (docx 40 kB)

Noordhoek eco-estates protect the rich from the reality of Masiphumelele

A stone’s throw from the working-class township of Masiphumelele, the Noordhoek mountains are being transformed into exclusive “eco-estates” which preserve apartheid geography just as the Group Areas Act did, write Bruce Baigrie and Henrik Ernstson. Read the full article on GroundUp here!

The International Ski History Association (ISHA) Ullr Award 2017

Daniel Svensson has been honored with the International Ski History Association (ISHA) Ullr Award 2017, for his dissertation "Scientizing performance in endurance sports: The emergence of ‘rational training’ in cross-country skiing, 1930-1980".

The Ullr Award is presented for a single outstanding contribution or several contributions to skiing’s historical record in published book form

Läs mer om priset här!

Rationell träning på vetenskaplig grund

Daniel Svensson har forskat om utvecklingen av rationell träning inom längdskidåkning mellan 1930-1980 inom ramen för ämnet historiska studier av teknik, vetenskap och miljö. I sin avhandling visar han hur den specialiserade och professionaliserade tränarrollen var central för att lyckas översätta den vetenskapliga kunskapen till praktisk nytta i skidspår och löparpass. Läs hela intervjun här!

”Studenterna nedprioriteras i forskningspropositionen”

Den forskningspolitiska propositionen är ambitiös, innehåller nya pengar och många goda ambitioner. Men det finns en stor och allvarlig brist som denna proposition alldeles för lättvindigt skjuter ifrån sig: studenterna. Läs Mats Benners och Sverker Sörlins Replik i DN Debatt här!

Ny teknik kan inte stoppa globala uppvärmningen

Sverker Sörlin och sex andra forskare i artikel på DN Debatt. Läs artikeln här!

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