Infrastructures of nuclearity: Exploring entangled histories, spaces and futures
Márton Fabók (Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute)
Sergiu Novac (Central European University, Budapest)
Sonja Schmid (Virginia Tech)
Session 1: Brian Wynne (Lancaster University), Session 2: Joe Masco (University of Chicago), Session 3: Karena Kalmbach (FU Berlin), Session 4: Gabrielle Hecht (University of Michigan)
Thursday 1 September, 9:00-10:45, 11:00-12:45, 12:30-14:15, 14:00-15:45 (UTC+0)

Short abstract:

This track focuses on the histories and futures embedded through nuclear infrastructures, the complex social and material assemblages of 'nuclearity'. We particularly welcome grounded case studies engaging with the 'entangled geographies' (Hecht et al, 2011) of nuclearity.

Long abstract:

Nuclearity is made up from complex social, cultural and material assemblages, in other words nuclear infrastructures. While these assemblages of nuclearity reach from nuclear sites to national infrastructures and global networks, strong boundaries are made not only geographically (e.g. nuclear states), but also between technologies (e.g. risky/safe, national/foreign), material flows (e.g. front-end/back-end), or collectives of people (e.g. expert/lay). The histories encompassed and futures imagined are crucial to understand the nuances of how similarity and difference, or absence and presence are drawn. Thus we are interested in grounded case studies, both historical and contemporary, engaging with three broad interest areas of nuclearity.

Governing nuclearity - We are interested in contributions about the technopolitics of nuclear things that deal broadly with the type of translating efforts deployed between various groups, at various scales, which mobilize around certain technical nuclear issues in order to attain specific political goals.

Working and living with the atom - We also welcome contributions directly engaging with various types of nuclear work, from mining and processing of uranium, to constructing, running and maintaining nuclear reactors, and ultimately to decommissioning and dealing with nuclear waste through thick descriptions of day to day working processes or lives in 'nuclear communities'.

Studying the atom - We encourage contributions, not necessarily as standard presentations, that enhance the dialogue between researchers studying nuclear things across disciplinary boundaries, and reflect on the challenges, controversies and in-depth experiences of researching infrastructures of nuclearity.