Véronique Stenger visited the STGS at FAU in January 2022 supported by the ERC-Project ‘Living with Radiation: The History of Radiation Protection and the International Atomic Energy Agency’.
Véronique Stenger is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Geneva. She holds a PhD from the University of Geneva and the University of Paris Ouest Nanterre-La-Défense. Her fields of expertise are the history of international organizations, the history of international development, and transnational and global labor history. She is currently working on a new project entitled: “Uranium, Occupational Health and International Organisations: A Transnational History of Workers Radiation Protection in the Atomic Age (1945-1987).” Her project proposes a transnational history of workers’ radiation protection, through the prism of occupational risk. It focuses on the role of scientific knowledge and technology in the process of defining the risks of exposure to radioactivity in uranium mines, as well as on the discourses and norms that resulted from this. This project develops a reflection on: the links between nuclear modernity and the search for social progress since the end of the Second World War, transnational expertise on radiological risk and the role of international organizations, the impact of techno-scientific culture on the prevention of risks at work, and the impact of the environmental paradigm on risk representations and management in the context of the anti-nuclear and anti-Uranium movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Part of her research will be published in a collective volume on the history of radiation protection edited by Maria Rentetzi, Angela Creager, and Susan Lindee. She will contribute to the ERC project discussions by analyzing the history of the IAEA from the perspective of cooperation with other international organizations, and the history of radiation protection from the perspective of occupational health risks, with an emphasis on the role of science and technology in defining a healthy work environment.
HRP-IAEA has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. Grant Agreement number: 770548 — HRP-IAEA — ERC-2017-COG