ResearchAt Tema-T, I am a member of the Nuclear Natures project (funded by VR, 2022-26) which studies the effects of the nuclear power life cycle on non-human environments. The interdisciplinary project encompasses three phases of nuclear power production (active nuclear reactors, plants in the process of being decommissioned, long-term nuclear waste storage facilities) and three countries (Sweden, Finland, Germany). I currently explore two projects related to Nuclear Natures, one examining the visitor centers at active and recently phased-out nuclear power plants in Sweden and Germany and the stories they tell about nuclear power, energy histories, and local communities and geographies; and another one looking at the relationship of nuclear natures with food, in particular practices like foraging, hunting, and fishing.
My doctoral dissertation Narrating Nuclear Disaster examined the various ways in which stories about the nuclear disasters of Chernobyl and Fukushima are told in fictional and non-fictional texts. I paid particular attention to the formal features of the texts, asking, for instance: Why there are so many thrillers and crime novels about Chernobyl? And how do central concerns of the genre (who is guilty, who is a victim?) relate to socio-political and historical debates about the effects of the reactor accident? Another chapter examined the portrayal of spatial and temporal flows of radioactive materials and nuclear discourse in post-Fukushima literature, positioning nuclear disaster narratives as texts of and for the Anthropocene.