Online talk “An Auto/Ethnography of Human Rights and Nuclear Wrongs” (July 28)
The Chair of Science, Technology and Gender Studies (STGS) at FAU
Erlangen-Nrnberg, headed by Prof. Maria Rentetzi, invites you to participate
in its next guest lecture:
Dr. Linda Marie Richards An Auto/Ethnography of Human Rights and Nuclear
Thursday, July 28, 2022, 18:00 CET
To join via Zoom please register here: https://tinyurl.com/mthsfxjy.
In 1986, I set out with the Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament
to walk across the USA from Los Angeles to DC. What I learned from Hopi, Dine
(Navajo), Pueblo, and Shoshone elders directed me to live in protest ever
since. I want to know why scientists and decision makers, who were willing to
embrace eugenics to prevent the white race from being contaminated by other
cultures, risked the actual contamination of all beings from radiation and
fallout during massive nuclear weapons tests. Pollution from nuclear
technologies and tests occurred long before the effects of radiation were
properly understood. Today, new researchers are investigating how radiation
regulation protection regimes were developed. Academics and scientists are
studying the physical and socio-emotional consequences for those exposed in
terms of their lived experience. Planetary-scale harms, such as the possible
acceleration of the climate crisis due to the effects of the equivalence of
35,000 Hiroshimas worldwide from nuclear tests are now being broached. My work
asks, how are eugenics, white supremacy, and nuclear pollution related to what
we think of as human rights and the climate crisis? Where does the United
Nations, radiation, and the work for human rights regimes fit? These are
questions that drive my research in my forthcoming environmental humanities
book on Human Rights and Nuclear Wrongs for West Virginia University Presss
Energy and Society series.
Linda Marie Richards in an instructor in history at Oregon State University.
She received her PhD in 2014 for a dissertation on Rocks and Reactors: An
Atomic Interpretation of Human Rights, 19411979. Her work in nuclear history
has appeared in Peace & Change, the Chemical Heritage Magazine, and Historia
Scientiarum, among other venues.