It is little known that among the survivors of the nuclear attacks on Japan were a small number of Australians. It is also barely understood that Australia yielded its land and compromised the future of its people to allow British nuclear colonialism—in the form of nuclear weapons testing at Maralinga, Emu Field, and the Monte Bello Islands. As the Cold War ended, greater sections of Australian society have since been implicated in our nuclear future—which is manifest in the legacies of uranium mining, nuclear testing and nuclear wastes, and signified in new public debates about the nuclear energy option, the role of extended nuclear deterrence in Australia’s defence, the expansion of uranium exports, and proposals about the handling of national and foreign radioactive wastes.
Since the time of the British nuclear tests, in the 1950s and 60s, Australian artists have responded to Australia’s nuclear politics and history through the mediums of film, song, digital arts, paintings, sculptures, theatre, photography, poetry, literature, and many others. The special issue, Australian Nuclear Art, argues that Australian artists offer unique insights about its peoples and land, underwritten by Australia’s many indigenous cultures. The special issue brings together the contributions of artists—and their artworks—alongside critical reflections on the role of the creative arts in dealing with Australia’s nuclear history, and bringing about alternative nuclear futures and social change.
Reimagining Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga: Australia’s Nuclear Culture is a co-edited special issue and book under advanced contract to Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts (with Paul Brown and Ellise Barkley). The expected delivery is December 2017.
A sample of related publication/s
N.A.J. Taylor, ‘An ecology of Antipodean nuclear art’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]
Paul Brown, N.A.J. Taylor, and Ellise Barkley, ‘Why re-imagine Monte Bello, Emu, and Maralinga?’, Unlikely: Journal for Creative Arts, Is. 4, 2018. [PDF available on request]
N.A.J. Taylor and Robert Jacobs (eds.), Reimagining Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Nuclear Humanities in the post-Cold War, Routledge, U.K.: London, 2017. [Including contributions by: Stuart Bender, Makeda Best, Mick Broderick, Adam Broinowski, Thomas Doyle II, Stefanie Fishel, Robert Jacobs, Yuki Miyamoto, Marcel Quiroz, Jessica Rapson, Erik Ropers, Imafuku Ryuta, Kathleen Sullivan, Shinpei Takeda, N.A.J. Taylor, and Ran Zwigenberg.] [Link to book portal]
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, ‘Editorial: Re-imagining Hiroshima’, Critical Military Studies, Vol. 1 Is. 2, August 2015, pp.99-101. [PDF]