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Lis Kayser - New PhD at the Department of Anthropology

Liz Kayser will be working on the project: "Nuclear Waste in French Polynesia: Dealing with Remnants of Times Gone"

05.02.2019 | Camilla Dimke

I am a 27-year-old student from Luxembourg holding a Master in Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes from the Department of Cultural and Social Anthropology of the University of Vienna. I will start my PhD project on “Nuclear Waste in French Polynesia: Dealing with Remnants of Times Gone” this February at the Department of Anthropology. The research project explores the regional pervasiveness of radioactive waste and its impact on the Polynesian society’s everyday life. It will be highlighted how life in the Anthropocene – starting with the first nuclear tests in the 1960’s – is like for inhabitants of French Polynesia and how they live with toxic legacies and think about radioactive pollution and its (environmental, health, political, socio-economic) risks in the present. My PhD project is part of the larger research program on “Radioactive Ruins: Security in the Age of the Anthropocene (RADIANT)” implemented by the research unit Peace, Risk and Violence of the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS). RADIANT aims to explore the Anthropocene as the radioactive afterlife of the Cold War by examining the impact of nuclear testing on everyday life in the Marshall Islands, Kazakhstan and French Polynesia. My PhD project will be jointly supervised by Professor Nils Bubandt (Aarhus University) and by Senior Researcher Rens van Munster (DIIS).