[Iag-list] Reactions and Ruptures: Ethnographies of Nuclear Life / Tuesday 24th August, 10:00-11:30am (AEDT)

Tim Neale timneale at gmail.com
Mon Aug 16 03:49:54 UTC 2021

Please join us for this online seminar hosted by the Deakin Science and
Society Network <https://scienceandsocietynetwork.deakin.edu.au/> (SSN) and
Melbourne STS Lab. You can join the conversation on Twitter by following us
at @SSNDeakin and using the hashtags #SSNseminar

*Title: *Reactions and Ruptures: Ethnographies of Nuclear Life

*Abstract: *In one sense, the nuclear directs our attention to the vibrancy
and reactivity of all material life. Nuclear elements such as uranium and
plutonium leak electrons in the process known as radioactive decay or
nuclear disintegration, transforming themselves and others in unpredictable
ways. At the same time, the nuclear is also often framed as a rupture,
whether in the form of nuclear weapons detonations, nuclear disaster
inquiries, the creation of new nuclear power projects, or the founding of
new mines to unearth nuclear elements. From this perspective, nuclear
events such as the Fukushima disaster somehow mark a break from a previous
moment that appears to be untouched by disruptive energies and effects of
the nuclear. The nuclear enters, causes a break, and leave worlds
permanently altered.

This seminar will bring together three speakers whose ethnographic research
focuses on life as it is entangled with the ruptures and reactions of
nuclear materials and places. In the seminar, they will discuss how their
work brings into question common understandings of nuclear events as breaks
or ruptures rather than continuous within longer-term histories of race,
science, and labor. How does attention to the materialities of radiation
give us new insight into the reactive and disruptive systems of power -
such as imperialism and settler-colonialism - that distribute and disperse
nuclear things in our world? How can we both articulate the very real
impacts and contaminations of nuclear “events” and, at the same time, stay
attuned to the transformative energies of colonial power and epistemologies?

*Format: *each speaker will present a 15 minute reflection on the theme,
which will then be followed by 30 mins Q&A and discussion.

*About the speakers:*

*Kirsty Howey* is Co-Director of the Environment Centre of the Northern
Territory and a Research Associate at Deakin University, where she is
conducting a research project on the environmental regulation of onshore
gas extraction (fracking) in northern Australia with Timothy Neale. Her PhD
thesis explored the nexus between Indigenous land rights, environmental
governance, and development in northern Australia, including in relation to
the Ranger uranium mine.

*Tomoki Birkett *is an agenderflux Nikkei scholar living in occupied Lenape
land (New York City) tracing imperial formations that produced the
conditions for the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and its ongoing
unfolding. Their work draws on Japanese anarchist analyses of empire,
women’s literature, antinuclear poetry, reportage on irradiated labor in
Japan, and histories of labor migration and settler colonialism to sketch
these genealogies and their reinventions post-2011. Tomoki’s scholarly
interests include decolonial feminist analyses of Japanese empire, queer
geography, reproductive labor, critical race theory, disability justice,
and anti-imperialism. They are an anthropology Ph.D. candidate at Columbia

*Maxime Polleri *is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Anthropology at Université Laval. As an anthropologist of science and
technology, he studies the governance of disasters and public health
crises. His current research projects focus on the 2011 Fukushima nuclear
disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic, and global epidemic alerting systems. Dr.
Polleri is a Network Affiliate at the Center for International Security and
Cooperation at Stanford University, where he was previously a MacArthur
Nuclear Security pre- and post-doctoral fellow. He is also a member of the
EPI-AI Project, a Canadian-UK artificial intelligence grant initiative that
studies digital disease surveillance, as well as a member of MITATE Lab, an
international research program on Fukushima issues.

*Watch the seminar:*

Seminar will be available to stream on YouTube live. Access using the live
link: https://youtu.be/_6WektE8OYc

Date/time: Tuesday 24th August, 10:00-11:30am (AEDT)

Q&A with the speakers to follow. To send questions/participate in the chat,
you'll need to sign-in using a YouTube account

The seminar will be recorded and available to watch on the SSN YouTube
channel after the Livestream.

If you have any questions, please send to ssn-info at deakin.edu.au

*Dr Timothy Neale*
*Senior Research Fellow*
*Deakin University, Burwood, Australia*
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