Lino Camprubi

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Visiting Postdoctoral Fellows are early career scholars who are ordinarily no more than five years past the granting of the doctorate and who are either externally financed or receive a Fellowship rather than a contract from the MPIWG.
Max Planck Research Group (Epistemes of Modern Acoustics)
September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018

I received graduate training at the Universidad de Sevilla (Philosophy) and Cornell University (STS) and in 2011 earned a Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Those were the first seeds of my first book, Engineers and the Making of the Francoist Regime (Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press, 2014), which is an example of the significance of the history of science and technology for producing more accurate understandings of political economies. It shows that scientists and engineers participated actively in building the Francoist state and links the technological transformation of concrete urban and rural landscapes to forced industrialization, national–Catholicism and the Opus Dei, conflicting autarkies, the transition from the corporate to the regulatory state, and European integration.

For almost three years, I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona’s Centro de Historia de la Ciencia as part of the ERC project "The Earth Under Surveillance," devoted to exploring the connections between transnational Cold War developments and the geophysical sciences. 

My current project at the MPIWG aims at bringing together the history of Cold War oceanography with the changing meanings and technologies of hearing underwater. I focus on particular on the Strait of Gibraltar as a chokepoint for global scientific, strategic, and environmental history.

Selected publications: 
August–September 2016
4S-EASST (Barcelona).
Detection Systems: Mediterranean Surveillance of the Environment and Refugees
August 2016
MPIWG, Berlin
Experience as Doing: "Observing" the Sea Level at a Prototypical Strait. Experiencing the Global Environment
June 2016
SHOT Annual Meeting, Singapore
Phenomenotechniques: Individual Perception, Collective Experience, and the History of Technology
April 2016
School of the Arts Institute of Chicago
Phosphorus and Technologies of the Anthropocene
October 2015
A Workshop in Honor of Norton Wise, UCLA, Los Angeles
Testing the Underwater Ear: Hearing, Standardizing, and Classifying Marine Sounds during the Cold War, Knowledge, Technologies and Mediation (with Alexandra Hui)


Max Planck Institute for the History of Science 
Boltzmannstraße 22 
14195 Berlin 

Curriculum Vitae