Anna Volkmar is a PhD student at the Centre for the Arts in Society.
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Fields of interest
- Eco-critical art and theory
- Representation of contaminated landscapes in (the photographic) image and sound, especially post-nuclear landscapes
- Role of art in environmental discourse
This interdisciplinary research project deals with artistic and cultural practices that seek to make visible nuclear contamination – a phenomenon that radically evades our senses and yet has a significant impact on human social and psychic space.
Within the scope of this project, representations of post-nuclear landscapes – including the evacuated areas around the abandoned Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power stations – are given particular attention. It is in these ‘attempted’ representations, which try to aesthetically confront the much invoked expropriation of the senses in contemporary risk society, that the complicated relation between technological modernity and modern ideas of nature is most tangibly articulated.
The aim of this research is thus to characterize this complicated relation through the visual rhetoric of post-nuclear imagery.
2015-present: PhD Researcher at LUCAS, Leiden University (Supervisors: Prof.dr.ing. R. Zwijnenberg and Dr. I. Hoving)
2012-2014: ResMA Arts and Culture, track contemporary art and world art studies, Leiden University (cum laude)
2008-2012: BA Art History, Musicology and Film Studies, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany