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.


Table of Contents 

Introduction: On Hiroshima becoming history [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]


N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs’ (eds.) Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War was published by Routledge’s Experiencing War book series in September 2017. To download the editorial introduction, click here


A sample of related publication/s 

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor and Ellise Barkley (eds.), “Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture”, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [Including contributions by: Ellise Barkley, Jessie Boylan, Mick Broderick, Paul Brown, Teresa Crea, Linda Dement, Merilyn Fairskye, Adrian Glamorgan, Robert Jacobs, Luke Harrald, Steve Harrison, Avon Hudson, Christobel Mattingley, Nic Mollison, Gordon Murray, Warren (Ebay) Paul, Keith Peters, Elizabeth PO, John Romeril, Mima Smart, N.A.J. Taylor, and John Turpie.] [Link to book portal]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Why reimagine Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga?’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]

Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor, and Ellise Barkley, ‘Monte Bello, Emu, Maralinga and after: Documenting the Nuclear Futures Partnership Initiative’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs, ‘On Hiroshima becoming history’, in N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017, pp.1-12. [PDF]

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] 

N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs, ‘Editorial: Re-imagining Hiroshima’, Critical Military Studies, Vol. 1 Is. 2, August 2015, pp.99-101. [PDF]