Dr Alice Christensen
Joint Outreach Officer for the DLC Department
School Lead for Admissions and Outreach
Building locationMiller building
Areas of interest
I am broadly interested in the cultural and intellectual history of nineteenth and twentieth century central Europe.
I am working on a book about discussions of temperature in Europe between 1870 and 1930. Temperature served as a touchpoint for theories about measurement, as a set of cultural practices of control and regulation, and as material for thinking about how self and world touch. Temperature was a literary, scientific, and cultural obsession around 1900; see, for example, Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain.
Related to this project, I recently contributed a book chapter titled “Ernst Mach’s Inventory Numbers” to the edited volume Media Inventories of the Nineteenth Century (ed. Ilinca Iurascu, Petra McGillen, Sean Franzel).
In September 2022 I convened a conference at the British Academy, funded by the Wellcome Trust, on the history and future of human-animal relations, (post-)colonialism, and disease, with particular attention to one actor within this network: the mosquito.
I have also translated a number of essays from German into English for two forthcoming volumes on media theory and philosophy.
I teach undergraduate modules on German and Austrian literature, language and culture. I also convene a module on fantastic literature (ML2GF).
Research centres and groupsColonial and Postcolonial Technoscience Working Group (LSE).
- PhD in German and Interdisciplinary Humanities (Princeton University)
- MA in German (Princeton University)
- MPH in Epidemiology (Yale University)
- BA in German and Natural Sciences (Johns Hopkins University)
- Member of the Association of German Studies of the UK and Ireland
- Member of Women in German Studies