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Nanna Katrine Lüders Kaalund, Cand.mag, PhD

Nanna Katrine Lüders Kaalund, Cand.mag, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, ERC Arctic Cultures

Biography

Nanna Kaalund is trained in science and technology studies, with a research specialism in the history of science. Her research focuses on Arctic explorations in the British, North American and Danish worlds, nineteenth-century material and print cultures, and the intersection of science and religion.

Career

  • October 2018 – present: Postdoctoral Research Associate, ERC Arctic Cultures (PI: Dr. Richard C. Powell)
  • 2017-2018: Lecturer in History of Science Communication, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2017-2018: Visiting Lecturer in History, School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University, UK

Qualifications

  • 2017: PhD Science and Technology Studies, York University, Canada
  • 2012: Cand.mag History of Ideas. Aarhus University, Denmark
  • 2010: Bachelor of Arts History of Ideas. Aarhus University, Denmark

Awards and scholarships

Selected awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) York University, Canada (2013-2016)
  • Provost Scholarship, York University, Canada (2012)
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies Tuition Fee Bursary, York University, Canada (2012)
  • York University Entrance Graduate Scholarship, York University, Canada (2012)
  • Departmental MA-thesis Travel Grant, Aarhus University, Denmark (2012)
  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarship (2010-2011)

Fellowships and Associateships

  • Postdoctoral Associate, Darwin College, University of Cambridge, UK, 2018-2019
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, UK, 2017-2019
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Leeds Center for Victorian Studies, Leeds Trinity University, UK, 2017-2019
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK, 2015-2016
  • Junior Visiting Research Fellow, History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2011-2012
  • Erasmus Student (MA) History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds, UK, 2010-2011

Research

My research to date has highlighted the complexity and multi-directional nature of scientific knowledge and collecting cultures, which is not limited to the Arctic, but applies to field science across the globe more broadly. In my doctoral thesis, I examined travel narratives from nineteenth-century British, Danish, and Canadian Arctic expeditions, with a focus on how the narratives functioned as a distinct scientific genre within the context of geographical discovery, cultural encounters, and imperial expansion. My particular focus was on the ethnographic and geological research practices of explorers, and how this was shaped by interactions with Indigenous peoples. I have also published in the areas of nineteenth-century print culture, the history of evolution, and the historical relationship between science and religion.

In my current role as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the ERC funded project Arctic Cultures: Sites of Collection in the Formation of the European and American Northlands (PI: Dr Richard C. Powell) I examine the scientific practices and the material and visual cultures of Arctic expeditions to Smith Sound during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By shifting the primary focus away from the textual archives, I seek to de-centralise the voice of the European and North American explorers by unmasking Indigenous agency.

Publications

Edited collections

  • Nanna Katrine Lüders Kaalund, Roland Jackson, and Diarmid Finnegan (eds.), The Correspondence of John Tyndall (16 vols.), Volume 7, London: Pittsburgh University Press, forthcoming 2019

Peer reviewed articles and book chapters

Book reviews and other publications

  • Review: "Masculinity and Science in Britain, 1831-1918, Heather Ellis, Palgrave Macmillan," British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 51, Issue 4, 2018
  • Review: "Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found, Gillian Hutchinson, Royal Museums Greenwich, Bloomsbury", International Journal of Maritime History
  • Review: "Hans Christian Ørsted: Reading Nature's Mind, Dan Christensen, 2013, Oxford University Press," British Journal for the History of Science, Volume 47, Issue 02, 2014
  • Newsletter article: "History of Science Society," Viewpoint, vol 103, 14, 2014
  • Review: "Charles Darwin, Origin of Species, Translated by Jørn Madsen with a preface by Peter C. Kjærgaard (Charles Darwin, Arternes Oprindelse, Oversat af Jørn Madsen med forord af Peter C. Kjærgaard), 2009, Natural History Museum of Denmark," Slagmark, Aarhus University Press, 2011
  • Review: "The Philosopher Niels Bohr, (Filosoffen Niels Bohr) David Favrholdt, 2009, Informationens Forlag," Tingen, 2010
  • Article: "Klimadebatten – hvem orker?," Semikolon: Journal of the History of Ideas, Semiotics and Philosophy, Aarhus University, vol. 18, 2009

Teaching

2017-2018: Module leader and lecturer

  • "History & Theory of Modern Science Communication" (Post Graduate), School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
  • Current Approaches" (Post Graduate), School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
  • "Science Communication: History and Theory", School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
  • "Darwin, Germs and the Bomb", School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University, of Leeds, UK
  • "History and Media: Reporting Crisis", School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University, UK

2017: Guest lecturer and guest seminar leader

  • Lecturer on the session 'Design', in "Introduction to the History of Science", School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, University of Leeds, UK
  • Seminar leader on the sessions 'Visualising Data: The Mean, Median and Mode, Standard Deviation' and 'Visualising Data: Pearson's Coefficient', in "Figuring the Past", School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University, UK
  • Seminar and digital workshop leader on the session 'Huxley v. Wilberforce', in "Special Subject: Evolution and Victorian Culture", School of Arts and Communication, Leeds Trinity University, UK

2013-17: Teaching Assistant

  • "Science, Technology and the Environment", Division of Natural Science, York University, Canada
  • 'Technology and Civilization', Division of Natural Science, York University, Canada
  • "Science, Technology and Society", Division of Natural Science, York University, Canada