Astrid Mignon Kirchhof

Dr. Astrid Mignon Kirchhof

  • Scientific staff until 2023
  • resigned
  • Research group “Radioactive Waste Management as a Socio-Technical Project”
  • Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
    Postfach 3640
    76021 Karlsruhe

Fields of work

  • German history of the 19th-21st centuries century
  • Environmental and technological history, social movements, conflict research
  • Gender research

Professional background

2021 - 2023 Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
2021 Submitted habilitation thesis, Humboldt University Berlin
Title: “Vom Wert der Natur. Das Mensch-Natur-Verhältnis im Sozialismus am Beispiel der DDR“ (On the value of nature. The relationship between man and nature in socialism using the example of the GDR), Chair for Latest and Contemporary History
2019 - 2021 Research Associate, Saxon Academy of Sciences / HU Berlin
Project manager “Visualisierte Zeitzeugenschaft und multimediales Gedächtnis in der Wismut – 30 Jahre danach”
2018 - 2019 Scholar in Residence, Deutsches Museum, Munich
2015 - 2018 Research Associate, Deutsches Museum, Munich
Research department (Prof. Dr. Helmuth Trischler), Horizon 2020 project “History of Nuclear Energy and Society” (HoNESt). Comparison of past and present nuclear energy policy as well as anti-nuclear movements of different European countries. Responsible for the country report “West Germany”
2014 - 2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University, Washington, USA
Institute for Historical Sciences, head of the VW research project “Die Natur des Kalten Krieges: DDR Naturschutzpolitik während des Ost-West-Konflikts 1945-1990”
2010 - 2015 and 2019 - 2021 Scientific staff member, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Institute for History, Chair for Modern and Contemporary History (Prof. Dr. Martin Sabrow). Head of a DFG research project on the nature conservation movement in East and West Berlin (2010-2015) as well as head of a media contemporary witness project on uranium mining in the former GDR (2019-2021)
2008 Doctor phil., Technical University Berlin
Institute for History and Art History, Technical University Berlin (Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Heinz Reif and Prof. Dr. Dorothee Wierling)

Selected publications

Kirchhof, A. M.
Pathways Into and Out of Nuclear Power in Five Western European Countries. Austria, Denmark, Federal Repbulic of Germany, Italy, and Sweden, Deutsches Museum Studies 4, (München: Deutsches Museum), 2020: Rezension bei H-Soz-u-Kult:

Kirchhof, A. M.
East-West German Transborder Entanglements through the Nuclear Waste Sites in Gorleben and Morsleben, in: Journal for the History of Environment and Society, Vol. 3 (2018), S. 145- 173.