Recently Published: Soviet Nuclear Modernity. Transnational Dimensions, Decentering Dynamics and Enduring Legacies [=Cahiers du Monde Russe 2–3/60 (2019)]

Control Room at Rivne NPP (Unknown Artist)

Rivne NPP, view of the plant site from the IT department‘s office (unknown Artist)

The second topical issue edited by our project group has appeared in Cahiers du Monde russe, a leading, peer-reviewed French journal for Russian and Soviet studies. Entitled La modernité nucléaire soviétique. Dimensions transnationales, processus décentrés et héritages persistants/Soviet Nuclear Modernity. Transnational dimensions, decentering dynamics and enduring legacies, the issue comprises eleven articles in English, French and Russian by leading researchers in the field.

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Table of Contents

[Titles of articles below indicate the language in which they are written.]

Stefan Guth, Klaus Gestwa, Tanja Penter, Julia Richers, Soviet Nuclear Technoscience: Topography of the Field and New Avenues of Research [full text]

Idem, La technoscience nucléaire soviétique: topographie du champ et nouvelles recherches“ [texte intégral]

Beyond Moscow: Decentering Soviet Nuclear History

Stefan Guth, Breeding Progress Or ‘To the Pioneers of the Remote Future Fly Our 20st-Century Dreams!’

Andrei Stsiapanau, Les trajectoires technopolitiques de Tchernobyl en Biélorussie

Anna Veronika Wendland, Nuclearizing Ukraine – Ukrainizing the Atom. Soviet Nuclear Technopolitics, Crisis, and Resilience at the Imperial Periphery

Across the Bloc Divide: Transsystemic Entanglements and the Global Imperative

Roman Khandozhko, Quantum Tunnelling through the Iron Curtain: The Soviet Nuclear City of Dubna as a Cold War Crossing Point

Fabian Lüscher, Romashka and the Power of Conversion. International Implications of Space Nuclear Power Projects in the Soviet Union  [Im Lektorat bei Heath via SG]

Carla Konta, Yugoslav Nuclear Diplomacy between the Soviet Union and the United States, 1950–1965

Mara Drogan, Atoms for Peace and the Third World: Questioning the Cold War Framework

Secrecy, Publicity and Framing Legacies: Social and Discursive Practices

Галина Орлова, Секретная лабораторная жизнь

Susanne Bauer, Beyond the Nuclear Epicenter: Health Risk and Secrecy at Semipalatinsk

Tatiana Kasperski, From Legacy to Heritage: The Changing Political and Symbolic Status of Military Nuclear Waste in Russia

Topical Journal Issue on Soviet Nuclear Technopolitics (JGO 66/1, 2018)

The first publication of the NucTechPol research group has just appeared in print:

Stefan Guth, Fabian Lüscher and Julia Richers (eds.), Nuclear Technopolitics in the Soviet Union and Beyond [=Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas 66/1 (2018)]

This is a peer-reviewed, English-language topical issue of Jahrbücher für Osteuropäische Geschichte, one of the preeminent German scholarly journals for Eastern European history.

The complete issue is available online here (paywall).

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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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Archivrecherchen in Moskau, Dubna, Obninsk und Kaluga


Kürzlich deklassifiziertes Protokoll einer Sitzung des Parteikomitees Dubna aus dem Jahr 1957. (Foto: Roman Khandozhko)

Vom 8. Oktober – 10. Dezember 2017 recherchierte Roman Khandozhko zwei Monaten lang in Moskau, Dubna, Obninsk und Kaluga. Im zentralen Staatsarchivs der Oblast‘ Moskau hatte auf seinen Antrag hin im Oktober 2018 eine Deklassifizierungs-Kommission getagt und etwa 50 Akten des städtischen Parteikomitees der Forschungsstadt Dubna zugänglich gemacht, unter anderem Protokolle der Parteikonferenzen, Plenen und Bürositzungen von 1956 bis 1967.

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Konferenz “Nuclear Legacies” in Stockholm

Auf der Konferenz “Nuclear Legacies: Community, Memory, Waste & Nature” an der Södertörn-Universität (Stockholm, Schweden) referierte Roman Khandozhko am 15.09.2017 zum Thema:

„Soviet time on the atomic clock? Sacralization of the communist past in the case of the nuclear museums in Obninsk and Dubna“.

Einen Konferenzbericht finden Sie auf dem Nuclear-Legacies-Blog.

“Nuclear Weapons Testing, Nuclear Waste Disposal, and the Politics of Risk.” Cynthia Werner am 28.09.2017 in Tübingen

Город Курчатов

Wohnsiedlung in Kurčatov, der Erschließungsstadt des Atomwaffen-Testgeländes von Semipalatinsk (heute Semei). Bildrechte: RIA Novosti, CC über Wikimedia Commons

Am 28. September 2017 spricht Prof. Dr. Cynthia Werner (Texas A&M University) in Tübingen zum Thema:

Nuclear Weapons Testing, Nuclear Waste Disposal, and the Politics of Risk

Der Vortrag findet um 14:15 an der Keplerstraße 2, Raum Nr. 1.81 statt.

Er wird von Dr. Jeanne Féaux de la Croix im Rahmen des SFB 923 “Bedrohte Ordnungen” organisiert.

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