Christian Schnurr

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter Internationales Doktorandenkolleg "Um(welt)Denken"
Wissenschaftszentrum Umwelt
Telefon: +49 821 598 - 3572
Fax: +49 821 598 - 3559
Raum: 209 (U)
Adresse: Universitätsstraße 1 a (innocube), 86159 Augsburg

About me


Happy to be part of the program, I am a student who is originally based in Munich, with a background in chemistry,
environmental studies, literature and philosophy. I have worked in a food chemistry laboratory for the past few years, and will continue to work there during the IDK for a few hours per week. My interest in the humanities was sparked at the Rachel Carson Center, when I was part of the certificate program. I am now eager to widen my knowledge in the environmental humanities and hope to bring that interest together, in a fruitful way, with my chemical background. My connection to the environment mostly comes from my growing-up in a village which is both very beautifully located at the Isar but also has a nuclear power plant, in which most of my family was working. Therefore, the question of ‘what is natural?’ also has a personal meaning for me and I will be happy to investigate it in such a diverse and open environment like the IDK!


Chemicals as Foreign Objects. Are Chemicals Unnatural?
Oftentimes, chemicals like glyphosate, nitrate or radioactive substances are perceived as ‘unnatural.’ My project puts the ‘unnaturalness’ of chemicals into questions and tries to establish new ways of perceiving chemicals in
nature, in food, and in our bodies. My aim is to work towards a critical aesthetics of chemicals in the environment.

Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang

Seit Oktober 2021

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Wissenschaftszentrum Umwelt, Universität Augsburg


Seit November 2019

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Analytische Lebensmittelchemie, Technische Universität München (TUM)


Seit Oktober 2018

Zweitstudium (B.A.) Literaturwissenschaft und Philosophie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)



Aufbaustudium Environmental Studies am Rachel Carson Center, LMU

Abschlussarbeit über ‚Künstliche Naturstoffe‘



Masterstudium Chemie, TUM

Abschlussarbeit über ‚Natürliche Toxine in Getreide‘



Bachelorstudium Chemie, TUM

Abschlussarbeit über ‚Radiopharmaka in der Schilddrüsentherapie‘



Promotion (Dr. phil.) im Internationalen Doktorand:innenkolleg „Um(welt)denken“ im Elitenetzwerk Bayern

Thema: Chemie als Fremdkörper. Narrative der ‚Unnatürlichkeit‘ der Chemie im Umweltdiskurs



Promotion (Dr. rer. nat.) im Graduiertenkolleg der TUM School of Life Sciences

Thema: LCMS-Analytik von Prenylflavonoiden in Maulbeerspezies.