Antipodean Nuclear Cultures

The clear majority of the nuclear literature was written from either a superpower or else Eurocentric perspective. Although an Antipodean stance-by which I mean perspectives from Australia, New Zealand and Oceania-should have no bearing on the morality of the matter, in this manuscript I make the case that such Antipodean perspectives on the nuclear age are highly politically relevant. This is achieved by performing a survey of the unique insights and perspectives that the nuclear politics and people of Australia, New Zealand, Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia. A small number of individuals stand out: the environmental philosophers Richard Routley/Sylvan and Val Routley/Plumwood of Australia, the politician and eco-feminist Marilyn Waring of New Zealand, the Marshallese activist and poet Darlene Keju-Johnson, the Fijian feminists Suliana Siwatibau and Amelia Rokotuivuna, the European couple Bengt and Marie-Thérèse Danielsson on Tahiti, among others. In so doing, another narrative emerges in which the region’s minorities—including indigenous peoples, artists, and women—are rightly viewed as critical not only to Antipodean nuclear thinking, but also its politics, culminating with the 1985 Rarotonga Treaty which established the South Pacific nuclear-weapon-free zone. Much neglected in nuclear scholarship, Antipodean Nuclear Cultures serves as both a corrective and alternative to the Anglo-American voices that continue to dominate nuclear discourse.


Table of Contents 

Introduction: The Eurocentric phallus and its discontents

Chapter 1. Mapping nuclear cultures in the Antipodes

Chapter 2. The Routley’s as the harbingers of Antipodean nuclear philosophy: Australia

Chapter 3. Marilyn Waring in the making of David Lange: New Zealand

Chapter 4. Bengt and Marie-Thérèse Danielsson’s love for Tahiti: Polynesia

Chapter 5. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner’s response to her Marshallese mothers: Micronesia

Chapter 6. The rise of Fijian (Christian) feminism: Melanesia

Conclusion: Towards an Antipodean stance


Antipodean Nuclear Cultures is a sole-authored book under advanced contract to Palgrave Macmillan’s Global Outreach program. The expected delivery is December 2019. 


A sample of related publication/s 

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘An ecology of Antipodean nuclear art’. Departmental seminar at the Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG) Seminar Series, Federation University, Ballarat, Australia, July 3, 2017. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘An ecology of Antipodean nuclear art’. Keynote lecture sponsored by the Department of Art History and Film Studies and the Department of Literatures and Languages of the World, University of Montréal, Montréal, Canada, March 11, 2017. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Is there an ecological path to a nuclear-weapon free world?’. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association Global Nuclear Orders Working Group Conference, Centre for Science and Security Studies, King’s College London, London, England, September 8-9, 2016. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Explorations in Antipodean Nuclear Thinking: Val Routley/Plumwood and Richard Routley/Sylvan’. Paper presented at The Seed Box: Environmental Humanities Collaboratory and The Posthumanities Hub, Linkoping University, Sweden, September 20, 2015. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘The denuclearisation puzzle: Squaring IR theory with the nuclear-weapon-free zone’. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association’s Global Nuclear Order Conference: Power, Challenges and Responses, University of Birmingham, England, September 18, 2015. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Nuclear ethics as ecological ethics’. Paper presented at the British International Studies Association Annual Conference, London, England, June 18, 2015. [PDF available on request]