Projects

N.A.J. Taylor’s current project develops further the notion of an Antipodean Anti-nuclearism from his doctoral thesis. The project consists of two sole-authored book projects that contribute both politically and philosophically to the broad interdisciplinary field of the Nuclear Humanities. The first book, Antipodean Nuclear Philosophy, (re)constructs the anti-nuclearism of the pioneering environmental philosopher Richard Routley through archival research. The second book, Oceanic Nuclear Politics, advances an alternative nuclear history of the Oceanic region that reinstates the role of marginalised voices—such as those of women and Indigenous peoples—in anti-nuclear protests and processes

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Completed projects in which he served as a principal investigator include several international collaborations designed for public engagement and impact. One such initiative that he established in 2011 is the Archive of Nuclear Harm, a memory institution that approaches the problem of nuclear harm as future cultural heritage. More demonstrably, former vice-president of the International Court of Justice Judge Christopher Weeramantry wrote that the Athens Dialogue that Taylor co-convened in 2012—and the subsequent book—was “outstanding” and “a significant step” that makes “a substantial contribution” to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation processes in the Middle East. 

Taylor is also invited to contribute to projects that are led by others. Between 2014 and 2016 he advised the Australia Council for the Arts’ Nuclear Futures Partnership Initiative, a three-year community arts program for atomic survivor and nuclear veteran communities impacted by, or implicated in, British nuclear colonialism.  “Reimagining Maralinga”, a special issue that he co-edited to document the project, offers a remedy to the relative neglect of Oceania in the literature on nuclear art and culture.