Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War

This edited volume reconsiders the importance of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki from a post-Cold War perspective. It has been argued that during the Cold War era scholarship was limited by the anxiety that authors felt about the possibility of a global thermonuclear war, and the role their scholarship could play in obstructing such an event. The new scholarship of Nuclear Humanities approaches this history and its fallout with both more nuanced and integrative inquiries, paving the way towards a deeper integration of these seminal events beyond issues of policy and ethics. This volume, therefore, offers a distinctly post-Cold War perspective on the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The chapters collected here address the memorialization and commemoration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by officials and states, but also ordinary people’s resentment, suffering, or forgiveness. The volume presents a variety of approaches with contributions from academics and contributions from authors who are strongly connected to the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and its people. In addition, the work branches out beyond the traditional subjects of social sciences and humanities to include contributions on art, photography, and design. This variety of approaches and perspectives provides moral and political insights on the full range of vulnerabilities–such as emotional, bodily, cognitive, and ecological–that pertains to nuclear harm. This book will be of much interest to students of critical war studies, nuclear weapons, World War II history, Asian History and International Relations in general.

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs’ (eds.) edited book, Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, was published by Routledge’s Experiencing War book series in September 2017. [LINK]

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Table of Contents 

Introduction: On Hiroshima becoming history [PDF]
N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs

Chapter 1. Contested Spaces of Ethnicity: zainichi Korean Accounts of the Atomic Bombings
Erik Ropers

Chapter 2. Memory and Survival in Everyday Textures – Ishiuchi Miyako’s Hiroshima
Makeda Best

Chapter 3. The Most Modern City in the World: Isamu Noguchi’s Cenotaph Controversy and Hiroshima’s City of Peace
Ran Zwigenberg

Chapter 4. Nuclear Cosmopolitan Memory in The War Game (1965) and ‘The Museum of Ante-Memorials’ (2012)
Jessica Rapson

Chapter 5. Nuclear Memory
Stefanie Fishel

Chapter 6. Nagasaki Re-imagined: The Last Shall Be First
Kathleen Sullivan

Chapter 7. The Atomic Gaze and Ankoku Butoh in post-war Japan
Adam Broinowski

Chapter 8. Australian POW and Occupation Force Experiences in Hiroshima and Nagasaki: a Digital Hyper-Visualisation
Stuart Bender and Mick Broderick

Chapter 9. In the Light of Hiroshima: Banalizing Violence and Normalizing Experiences of the Atomic Bombing
Yuki Miyamoto

Chapter 10. Hiroshima and the Paradoxes of Japanese Nuclear Perplexity
Thomas E. Doyle, II

Chapter 11. For granting (a) voice
Marcela Quiroz

Chapter 12. Witnessing Nagasaki for the Second Time
Imafuku Ryuta

Chapter 13. Antimonument: A short reflection on writings by Marcela Quiroz and Ryuta Imafuku
Shinpei Takeda

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This book was a sub-project of the Nuclear Reimaginings project. Current projects include Antipodean Antinuclearism and Nuclear Storytelling