The Nuclear Imaginary in Transnational Perspective

February 10, 2017 - 3:00 pm to February 11, 2017 - 1:00 pm
Ryo Morimoto, Prajna Desai, Leonard Rifas, Ryan Holmberg, Matthew Hambro, Jieun Cho

Event includes the 2nd talk of APSI's 2017 Spring Speaker Series, "Radioactive Bodies and Imaging Phantom in Coastal Fukushima," by Ryo Morimoto (postdoctoral scholar, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University) at 3:10 p.m. on Friday, February 10, in the Fredric Jameson Gallery, Friedl Building, Duke University East Campus.

How do you see nuclear energy? Are you even aware of its presence? For many people the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi reactors in 2011 came out of the blue. Most Japanese were not aware of the 53 reactors in their country, let alone the dangers they posed. Yet Japanese were hardly alone in their ignorance. Every nuclear accident seems as impossible as the previous one, even though activists, journalists, and artists around the world have been laboring for years to publicize and dramatize the presence and risks of fissioning reactors.

This two-day workshop aims to explore the imagery of nuclear power, protest, risk, and disaster in historical and transnational perspective. Through photographs, comics, paintings, and contaminated landscapes from the United States, Japan, India, Germany, and Australia, ranging in date from the 1970s to the post-Fukushima present, we hope to help each other see nuclear power more vividly by considering the various ways people have visualized the supposedly invisible matter of nuclear risk and disaster.

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