Alternative Pathways to Nuclear-Free Worlds

In addition to his two primary projects, Theorising Nuclear Harm and the Archive of Nuclear Harm, Taylor also engages in collaborations that variously deploy strategies from the creative arts, divestment and engagement, dialogue, and the creative faculty of the imagination. The singular aim of each of these activities is to bring about a world empty of nuclear weapons. Collaborating partners have been drawn from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia.

For instance, in January 2017 he launched the Nuclear Exposure Initiative, a university-industry intensive workshop on investor responsibility and vulnerability to nuclear harm. With colleagues at The New School in New York he is proposing to investigate how people’s imaginations can transform nuclear peace and disarmament efforts. In September 2016 he was invited to Whitman College as an O’Donnell Visiting Educator to have students explore the possibility of alternative pathways to nuclear-free worlds. Whilst former vice-president of the International Court of Justice Judge Christopher Weeramantry wrote that the Athens Dialogue that Taylor co-convened in 2012 was “outstanding” and “a significant step” that makes “a substantial contribution” to our understanding of the constraints and opportunities for comprehensive nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

He is frequently invited to contribute to various projects that are led by others, including as a board member of the Consequences of Radiation Exposure Museum and as an ethical advisor to the Nuclear Futures partnership initiative.

Key project outputs 

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017. [Published in Routledge’s “War, Politics and Experience” book series edited by Christine Sylvester, and including contributions by: Ran Zwigenberg, Yuki Miyamoto, Thomas Doyle II, Stefanie Fishel, Kathleen Sullivan, Makeda Best, elin o’Hara slavik, Jessica Rapson, Robert Jacobs, Stuart Bender, Adam Broinowski, Erik Ropers, Marcel Quiroz, Imafuku Ryuta, Mick Broderick.] [LINK]

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), “Re-imagining Hiroshima”, Critical Military Studies, Vol. 1 Is. 2, August 2015. [Including contributions by: Ran Zwigenberg, Yuki Miyamoto, Thomas Doyle II, Stefanie Fishel, Kathleen Sullivan, Makeda Best, elin o’Hara slavik, Robert del Tredici.] [LINK]

N.A.J. Taylor, Joseph A. Camilleri and Michael Hamel-Green, ‘Dialogue on Middle East biological, nuclear and chemical weapons disarmament: Constraints and opportunities’, Alternatives: Global, Local, Political, Vol.38 No.1, 2013, pp.78-98. [An earlier sole-authored draft (‘Theatre of the Absurd’) was shortlisted for the Global Change, Peace & Security Award (2010) and Nonproliferation Review Award (2010).] [PDF]

Joseph A. Camilleri, Michael Hamel-Green, Marianne Hanson, Michalis S. Michael and N.A.J. Taylor, Athens Dialogue on a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction as well as their Means of Delivery (Athens: European Public Law Organization, 2013). [Translated into: Arabic, Farsi, and Hebrew.] [PDF]

N.A.J. Taylor and Joseph A. Camilleri, ‘Will Australia erode or build trust with Iran?’, The Guardian, July 15, 2013. [LINK]

Sponsor/s

U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, 2012-13 ($125,000)
European Public Law Organization, 2011-12 (in kind)
Research Award, School of Political and International Studies, University of Queensland, 2012 ($5,000)
Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University, 2010-12 (in kind)
Institute for Human Security, La Trobe University, 2010 ($8,000)