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Dr Alice Christensen

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Joint Outreach Officer

Office

Miller 128

Building location

Miller 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.

Teaching

I teach undergraduate modules on German and Austrian literature, language and culture. I also convene a module on fantastic literature (ML2GF). 

Research centres and groups

Colonial and Postcolonial Technoscience Working Group (LSE).

Academic qualifications

  • 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)

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the Association of German Studies of the UK and Ireland
  • Member of Women in German Studies