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Irma Allen

Irma Allen, MA

Visiting Doctoral Student

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Rachel Carson Center
Leopoldstr. 11a, 2. OG, 245
80802 Munich


Irma Allen is a Marie Curie ENHANCE ITN PhD fellow at the Environmental Humanities Laboratory in the Division of History of Science, Technology, and Environment at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and she is a visiting doctoral student at the Rachel Carson Center. Irma holds an MA with distinction in social anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London for her thesis on the lived experience of changing land use and agricultural practices in a southern Polish village. Her PhD thesis focuses on the everyday reality of living with coal’s toxicities, through the labor of mining and of breathing, in the Upper Silesian region of Poland, where she spent a year in a coal-mining town carrying out ethnographic fieldwork with both coal miners and their families, as well as residents concerned with air pollution.

Dissertation project: Breathing in Silesia: Living with Coal in Poland’s Mining Heartland


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