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The Global Hibakusha and Post-Cold War Nuclear Humanities

I was honored to give a lecture to faculty and students at University of Gour Banga in West Bengal, India on 5 July 2021, via Zoom. The lecture was part of the Parley 2021 series hosted by the Department of English. My talk was titled: "The Global Hibakusha and Post-Cold War Nuclear Humanities." It explored the ways that nuclear humanities were practiced during the Cold War, and how it changed and evolved after the Cold War period. I discussed my work on global hibakusha issues as an example of

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Not Seeing the Contaminated Forest for the Decontaminated Trees in Fukushima

I have a new article up at Japan Focus. The article is part of a group of articles promoting the book, Legacies of Fukushima: 3.11 in Context, published this summer by the University of Pennsylvania Press. The article is a short presentation of the content of my chapter of the book, and the other articles in the Japan Focus collection present several chapters by other contributors. My work focuses on it has been so hard historically to see the harm done to people who's exposure to radioactivity

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Nuclear Stockholm Syndrome

I have a new article up at CounterPunch titled "Nuclear Stockholm Syndrome." You can access the article here. The article was written as a response to an op-ed written by Bhaskar Sunkara titled, "If we want to fight the climate crisis, we must embrace nuclear power." Sunkara, a founder of the journal Jacobin and a prominent American Socialist, essentially repeats talking points of the nuclear industry, seemingly with no critical assessment or reflection. Clearly, it is odd to hear talking

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Announcement: Nuclear Bodies to be Published by Yale University Press in 2022

After years of research and writing, I am happy to report that I sent off the final manuscript for my next book, Nuclear Bodies: The Global Hibakusha to the publisher a few weeks ago.The book will be published by Yale University Press in February 2022. You can follow news about the book on its Twitter account here. Future blog posts here will present more of the books contents. I can't wait to see what the cover will look

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How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible: Video

I was honored to be invited to give a lecture in the "Night with the Experts" series of the Nuclear Education Information Services (NEIS) group based in Chicago (my hometown). The title of my talk is, "How Internal Exposures to Radiation Make People Invisible." There are several parts to the lecture:-The effects of nuclear weapons-How internal and external exposures to radiation are experienced differently and affect people differently-External exposures affect our whole bodies-Internal

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Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated, video of online lecture

On October 28, 2020, I presented an online lecture at Whitman College in their 2020 series on the academic theme of Race, Violence, and Health. The lecture was titled "Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated." In the talk I survey the selection of atmospheric nuclear test sites by the first five nuclear weapon states. These test sites were invariably located nearby to populations that lacked the political ability to stop the effort. Often these sites were in colonial or postcolonial

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Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated (online lecture)

I will be presenting a lecture online on October 28 (US) / October 29 (Japan & Europe) that you can join via Zoom. The lecture will be hosted by Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, where I am teaching an online course, "Radioactive Waste and Wasted Bodies: The Colonial and Racial Legacies of the Nuclear World." The online lecture is titled, "Nuclear Colonialism: Selecting the Irradiated." Here is the abstract:"There have been over 2,000 nuclear weapon tests since 1945. These tests have

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Listen: August 6, 2020 at the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima at 8:15 am

Every year I go to the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park on the morning of August 6. This year was disrupted by COVID-19, as everything is. The ceremony was reduced. But, I always spend the morning by the A-bomb Dome, which is technically outside of the park, and was still open to the public this year. At the Dome, there are always a lot of political protesters, antinuclear weapon, antinuclear power, and increasingly right-wing pro-nuclear weapon advocates. There is always a group of Buddhist monks

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The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be Toppled

Along with Ran Zwigenberg, I published this article on Counterpunch on August 6, 2020. The American Narrative of Hiroshima is a Statue that Must be ToppledIn August 1945, the United States attacked two cities in Japan with nuclear weapons in the last days of World War Two. The US used weapons of mass destruction against a primarily civilian population, instantly killing over 100,000 human beings, with tens of thousands of wounded and irradiated people who would die in the subsequent months and

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