The Deadly Dreams research project is a transdisciplinary social and cultural historical network studying environmental poisons in everyday life, between 1850 and 2024.

Deadly Dreams is an environmental humanities research network. We study peoples´ cultural relation to environmental poisons over time, and at a variety of arenas within private, professional, and political life.

The primary objective of the Deadly Dreams research project is to contribute with new and advanced knowledge from the humanities and social sciences that can help historicise, understand, and handle the challenges posed by the ubiquitous environmental poisons.

Our ambition is to contribute with new knowledge, analytical concepts and reflections that can humanize the field of environmental poisons and advance poison literacies among professionals, politicians, and the public.

The research network includes more than 11 scientific institutions and more than 20 researchers. Together they represent 14 different fields of research.

In addition, the network includes postdoctoral researchers, PhD-candidates, MA- and BA-students and various other informants.

The research process and the research results will be widely mediated through a variety of media and museum exhibitions.

Deadly Dreams is headed by professor May-Brith Ohman Nielsen. Please contact us on this e-mail, If you are interested in joining our network or have any questions regarding members, publications, workshops or research themes, make sure to write “Deadly Dreams” in the subject field.

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