Worlding International Relations for the Nuclear Anthropocene

International Relations (IR), as a traditionally Western discipline, “hyper-separates” humanity from nature both politically and ethically. Its tendency toward state centric understandings of human relations often misses or elides other political and social processes at work globally. At another level, the anthropocentric approach focuses only on human processes. Many critical approaches in IR seek to rectify this to create a more complex picture of global politics and this book seeks to add to these explorations. This is done to be better able to understand and respond to the complex issues facing human and non-human communities affected by the changes created by the Anthropocene. To begin to address this more complex world, this book desires to open the dialogue in IR to this complexity by twinning a new method in IR—a narrative approach to politics—to the effects of the use of nuclear materials for weapons and energy. This serves two purposes: firstly, to shift the focus from a human centred understanding of nuclear materials as only strategic material to one that acknowledges the effects of nuclear radiation as not discriminating between human and non-humans so readily. Secondly, a narrative approach vis a vis this topic aids in diffusing the state and anthropocentric nature of scholarship on nuclear materials as is usually found in tradition IR.  The narrative approach is supported through case studies and site visits to various Manhattan Project National Historic Park sites, including  Trinity, in New Mexico, among others. This dual approach begins to frame IR as a wider project of biospheric worlding, or cosmo-politics, rather than only matters of state and national concern.

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Table of Contents 

Introduction: The politics of nuclear narratives [N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel]

Chapter 1: The Trinity Test Site, New Mexico [N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel]

Chapter 2: Hanford, Washington [N.A.J. Taylor]

Chapter 3: Oak Ridge, Tennessee [Stefanie Fishel]

Chapter 4: Los Alamos, New Mexico [N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel]

Conclusion: Towards a Narrative Nuclear Politics [N.A.J. Taylor and Stefanie Fishel]

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Worlding International Relations for the Nuclear Anthropocene is a co-authored book (with Stefanie Fishel) under advanced contract to Routledge’s Worlding Beyond the West book series. The expected delivery is December 2018. 

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A sample of related publication/s 

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Nuclear deferral’, in Livia Monnet and Peter C. van Wyck (eds.), Toxic Immanence: Nuclear Legacies, Futures, and the Place of Twenty-First Century Nuclear Environmental Humanities, McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, c. 2018. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, Nuclear Deferral, “Postcards from the Anthropocene: Unsettling the Geopolitics of Representation” symposium at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 22-24, 2017. [LINK]

N.A.J. Taylor, ‘Marking nuclear harm: Atomic art for the Anthropocene’. Paper presented at the From Trinity to Fukushima and Beyond: New Approaches to Nuclear Culture and the Nuclear Arts in the 20th and 21st Century, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, March 10, 2017. [PDF available on request]

N.A.J. Taylor, Nuclear Deferral, Maxey Museum for Man and Nature, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, United States, September 26-28, 2016. [LINK]

N.A.J. Taylor and Andrew Hustwaite, Nuclear Deferral, c3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia, August 17-September 11, 2016. Curated by N.A.J. Taylor. [LINK]