Nuclear Memory Communication

Principally, my current research project focuses on writing a Key Information File (KIF) for geological repositories for nuclear waste. A KIF is a document that describes the Swedish nuclear waste repositories in an intelligible way to those without specialised knowledge on nuclear technology and radioactivity. The document will be buried in Sweden's planned permanent repository for highly radioactive waste in Forsmark, and will form one part of a larger international strategy of transferring information to future generations (circa 10,000-100,000 years) about 'permanent' repositories for nuclear waste. Partly, this research engages with theories of nuclear semiotics, aesthetics, and deep time to develop speculative practices of memory communication.

Speculative Thinking

My research also advances forms of speculative thinking via recent innovations in continental philosophy (Stengers, Debaise, Deleuze, Latour etc.) with geographical research attempting to expand what counts as the empirical field (non-representational theory, new materialism, affect, post-humanism etc.). I am especially concerned with how speculative thinking forms an approach to experimenting with the production of abstractions. Against convention, therefore, speculative thinking would not be a call to think more ‘abstractly’ but would be an open question of how write about alternative forms of future experience that exceed present-day conventions of the phenomenological subject.


Advancing debates in human geography, my research also develops an ontogenetic reading of technology following the philosophy of Gilbert Simondon. Key here is the sense that the concept technology is something defined less as a component of human being, and much more as set of nonhuman concretising processes defined by specific technological logics that are irreducible to organic evolution. One implication of an ontogenetic reading of technology is to redefine unconscious relations of thought in terms of material infrastructures and agencies in excess of the human body.

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