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Radium Discourse and the Emergence of an “Atomic Utopia” in Japan

Radium Discourse
and the Emergence of an “Atomic Utopia” in Japan

Monday, May 1, 2017, 1:00-2:30pm
Nolte Center Room 20

Free and open to the public

Image: Fukushima Radium Egg

Even after the dropping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, popular discourse on nuclear energy was positive. Why did this positive image of the nuclear reign despite the catastrophic experiences of 1945? This talk explores this paradox with a new perspective that challenges the conventional victim narrative of Japan to show how scientists, media, and the public were all involved in the production of the “atomic utopia” in Japan.

Dr. Maika Nakao is a visiting scholar at Columbia University and senior researcher at Ritsumeikan University.

Cosponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, the Program in the History of Science and Technology, and the IAS Environmental Humanities Collaborative.

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