Conference “Nuclear Technopolitics in the Soviet Union and Beyond”, Tübingen, March 22-23, 2018


The participants of the NucTechPol Tübingen Conference, March 2018

The first conference of the NucTechPol project took place in Tübingen from March 22–23, 2018. Bringing together historians of the Soviet Union, international relations and science and technology, it aimed to review Soviet nuclear technopolitics in a long-term perspective and to place them in an international context.

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Thursday, 22.03.2018

Klaus Gestwa (Tübingen) and Stefan Guth (Tübingen)

Panel I: Three Worlds, One Atom?
Chair and Comment: Karena Kalmbach (Eindhoven)

Mara Drogan (Loudonville NY): Atoms for Peace and the Third World: Questioning the Cold War Framework

Elisabeth Röhlrlich (Vienna): The Limits of the Dual Mandate: Soviet Positions in the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Nuclear Suppliers Group during the 1970s

Fabian Lüscher (Bern): Romashka and the Poetics of Soviet Nuclear Internationalism

Panel II: Atoms on Tour
Chair and Comment: Melanie Arndt (Regensburg)

Roman Khandozhko (Tübingen): Quantum Tunnelling through the Iron Curtain: The International Community of High Energy Physicists in the Soviet Nuclear City of Dubna

Carla Konta (Trieste): Yugoslav Nuclear Diplomacy Between the Soviet Union and the United States in the Early Cold War

Ivaylo Hristov (Plovdiv): The Soviet Technopolitical Influence in Eastern Europe. The Bulgarian Nuclear Power Program in the Shadow of the Soviet Union (1955–1989)

Panel III: Radiating Future: Nuclear Waste
Chair and Comment: Tanja Penter (Heidelberg)

Tatiana Kasperski (Barcelona): Not quite a ‘Green Lawn’: Controversial Definitions of Nuclear Waste in Contemporary Russia

Andrei Stsiapaniau (Vilnius): Nuclear Waste as Unclear Legacy. How to Classify and Manage Nuclear Energy Uses in Modern Russia?

Friday, 23.03.2018

Panel IV: Nuclear Technopolitics Past and Present
Chair and Comment: Julia Richers (Bern)

Natalia Melnikova (Ekaterinburg): Nuclear Industry in the USSR and Russia as a Point Of Intersection between State and Society, the Local and the International

Stefan Guth (Tübingen): Breeding Progress or ‘To the Pioneers of the Distant Future Fly our 20th-Century Dreams!’

Paul Josephson (Waterville): Putin’s Indefatigable Atom: Rosatom Powers Russia into the Twenty-Second Century

Panel V: Half-Lives, Short and Long
Chair and Comment: Susanne Bauer (Oslo)

Nestor Herran (Paris): Beyond Fallout: The OEEC and the Early Coordination of Radiation Monitoring in Western Europe

Laura Sembritzki (Heidelberg): You Break it, You Buy it? Policies of Nuclear Disaster Relief in the Southern Urals

Galina Orlova (Moscow/Vilnius): The Short Life of Isotopes in the USSR, the 1950–1960s

Final Discussion