Nuclear Humanities

Principally through his philosophical and creative contributions, Taylor is among those inaugerating the Nuclear Humanities as a distinct subfield. In addition, he also collaborates on projects that variously deploy strategies from the digital humanities, creative arts, divestment and engagement, dialogue, and the creative faculty of the imagination, among others. Collaborating partners have been drawn from Europe, North and South America, Africa, Oceania, and Asia.

In October 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, as well as reimagine old ones, in what was then (and perhaps still is) the world’s first course in the Nuclear Humanities.

In response to an earlier project on Middle East (de)nuclearisation, 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.

Recent publications include the co-authored book, Athens Dialogue (EPLO, 2013), and the co-edited volumes, “Re-imagining Hiroshima” (Critical Military Studies, 2015) and Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War (Routledge, 2017), with a third volume, “Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture” (Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, c.2018) documenting a three-year arts and culture program sponsored by the Australia Council for the Arts, in review. In development under advanced contract is the co-authored book, Worlding International Relations for the Nuclear Anthropocene (Routledge, c.2019), which enlivens through storytelling otherwise banal fieldwork conducted at the Manhattan Project National Historical Park with Stefanie Fishel.

He is also invited to contribute to Nuclear Humanities 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. To profile the work of other scholars in this emerging subfield, he maintains and publishes the Nuclear Humanities bibliography.

Key project outputs 

N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel, Narrative Nuclear Politics. Co-authored book under advance contract to Routledge’s Worlding Beyond the West book series, to be delivered in December 2019. [Link to book portal]

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 to book portal]

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

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.] [Link to book portal]

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)