You are invited to the upcoming ETROD session on Thursday 22nd February 2024, 4:00 pm sharp, CET for Christiane Schürkmann’s talk: “Undergrounds of Disposal: Sociogeological Processes in Nuclear Waste Management”. In the session an input by Christiane will be followed by a moderated discussion between you and Christiane.

To attend, please email the organisers at: [email protected]


Referring to the case of nuclear waste management the presentation asks how societies relate to their undergrounds in order to develop permanent repositories to store their produced toxic objects. In this way, undergrounds are addressed as ‘bedrocks of hope’ by scientists, politicians, and the public with regard to their potential of isolating radionuclides in the long run. Based on a perspective located at the interface between Environmental Sociology and Science and Technology Studies the presentation suggests to investigate sociogeological relations in the context of such long-term projects in their processuality.

About the speaker:

Christiane Schürkmann is a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Sociology at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Since 2023 she is also head of the DFG-funded project Undergrounds of Disposal / Untergründe der Entsorgung.

To prepare the discussion please find a recent paper by Christiane here and attached.