Lino Camprubi posing in front of a dark background

Lino Camprubi

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Sep 2017-Aug 2018)


I am interested in intersections of science and technology with politics and philosophy. I pursue this interest through two main lines of research: first by exploring the links of engineering and political economy (mainly, but not only, in the twentieth-century Spanish context), and second by looking at the coevolution of oceanography and geopolitics with the history of the senses and maritime spaces (particularly in the Cold War Mediterranean).

My first book, Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime (MIT Press, 2014), explores the significance of the history of science and technology for producing more accurate understandings of political economies. My second book, Los ingenieros de Franco: Ciencia, catolicismo y Guerra Fría (Crítica, 2017), extends that view to the role of scientists in shaping international relations during the Cold War. I have published on phosphates and the Western Sahara, postcolonial nature conservation, energy dependency, and the global environment.

My main current project is a history of the Strait of Gibraltar as a chokepoint for global scientific, strategic, and environmental history. It focuses on submarine surveillance and the acoustic construction of maritime spaces.

In 2011 I obtained a PhD in History at UCLA. Then I was a Research Fellow in the ERC project “The Earth Under Surveillance.” For three years I was a Research Scholar in Department II of the MPIWG. In spring 2016, I was a visiting lecturer at the University of Chicago. Since September 2017, I have been a Ramón y Cajal Fellow at the UA Barcelona and a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Research Group “Epistemes of Modern Acoustics.”


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Experiencing the Global Environment


Listening below the Surface: A Sonic Epistemology of Cold War Oceanography


The Sciences of the Archive


The Sonic Construction of the Ocean as a Human Environment


The Strait in the Cold War


Selected Publications

Camprubí, Lino and Alexandra E. Hui (2020). “Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds from World War I to the Cold War.” In Testing Hearing: The Making of Modern Aurality, ed. V. Tkaczyk, M. Mills, and A. Hui…

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Camprubí, Lino (2019). “Whose Self-Sufficiency? Energy Dependency in Spain from 1939.” Energy Policy, no. 125: 227–234.

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Camprubí, Lino, Xavier Roque, and Francisco Sáez de Adana, eds. (2018). De la guerra fría al calentamiento global: Estados Unidos, España y el nuevo orden científico mundial. Investigación y debate. Estudios norteamericanos 232. Madrid: La Catarata.

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Pretel, David and Lino Camprubí (2018). “Technology Encounters: Locating Experts in the History of Globalisation.” In Technology and Globalisation: Networks of Experts in World History, ed. D. Pretel and L. Camprubí, 1–26. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Detection Systems: Mediterranean Surveillance of the Environment and Refugees

4S-EASST (Barcelona).

Experience as Doing: "Observing" the Sea Level at a Prototypical Strait. Experiencing the Global Environment

MPIWG, Berlin

Phenomenotechniques: Individual Perception, Collective Experience, and the History of Technology

SHOT Annual Meeting, Singapore

Phosphorus and Technologies of the Anthropocene

School of the Arts Institute of Chicago

Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds during the Cold War, Knowledge, Technologies and Mediation (with Alexandra Hui)

A Workshop in Honor of Norton Wise, UCLA, Los Angeles

A Global History of Cold War Science and Technology

University of Chicago

Gramsci in Francoist Spain: Technocrats as the “universal class”?

Cambridge University

The Emergence of the Global Environment

Renmin University

Underwater Surveillance and the Modern Mediterranean

Universitée Pierre et Marie Curie

Phosphorus and Technologies of the Anthropocene

School of the Arts, Institute of Chicago