My dissertation will examine how the earnest study of kitsch within the early and high Atomic Age provides a means through which to see how individuals and society came to understand their mediated experiences with ‘the atom’ and the implications of this new technology. My project is thus organized around three major questions: (1) How did atomic kitsch provide an accessible, though impoverished, means to share (or construct) a common experience; (2) how did kitsch enable for a mediated interaction with the Age’s technological foundations; and (3) how did (or does) the mediated nature of the Atomic Age affect popular engagement and accrual of nostalgia and nostalgic kitsch? My project will emphasize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to kitsch, with regards to cultural consumption and production, as a means of contributing new insights into the social and cultural history of the Atomic Age.
Prior to pursuing doctoral studies within the department, I received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (Bioinformatics & AI) and a Master of Arts in Science and Technology Studies.
- Science and Technology Studies
- History of Science and Technology
- Contemporary History (Cold War)
- Digital History / Humanities
- Atomic Cultural History and Narratives
- Kitsch and Popular Culture
- Politics-patronage-science nexus
- Technological Imaginaries