Elias Angele is a historian with a high interest in the environmental history of the Cold War. Eager to elucidate the “East Side Story” of this era, he is currently doing research as a PhD student at the University of Bremen where he focuses on Soviet science in Antarctica. In his dissertation, Elias investigates the role of diplomats and scientists in the creation of the Antarctic as a giant Cold War laboratory where the superpowers – in contrast to almost anywhere else on the globe – were forced to collaborate.
Before his current project, Elias wrote about the history of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute and about German nationalism in Arctic exploration.
Research projects / interests:
- Putting Soviet Polar Sciences in Context: Institutional Practices, Scientific Thought and the Environment
- The USSR in Antarctica, 1955-1991
For publications visit: Elias's University of Bremen page
Areas of interest:
- Polar Governance
- Antarctic Treaty System
- Polar Policy
- Human Geography
Keywords: Antarctic History, Arctic History, Soviet Union, GDR, Cold War Studies, Science Diplomacy, Nationalism, Gender Studies