Petra Tjitske Kalshoven
Petra is a Dalton Research Fellow based in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Manchester. Previously, she was a Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University from 2009 until 2017. Petra’s research draws on insights from materiality, performance, ecological and museum anthropology and focuses on skilled manifestations of human curiosity and play. She is the author of Crafting ‘the Indian’: Knowledge, Desire, and Play in Indianist Reenactment (Berghahn Books, 2012). With The Beam, she pursues her interest in human expertise and the skilled and persuasive ways in which people seek to engage specific materials and landscapes. Read more about Petra
Petra reflects on the workshops held to invigorate the discussion of possible end-states for the Sellafield site by the year 2140.
Surrounded by overwhelmingly positive attitudes studying ‘the nuclear’ in West Cumbria, ethnographer Petra finds a counter-narrative.