Thu, 23 May 2019, 19:00
Blackwell's, Manchester (UK), Blackwell's, University Green, 146 Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9GP
Launch event at Manchester Blackwell's
Join us for the Manchester launch of Becky Alexis-Martin’s new book ‘Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons since Hiroshima’ (part of Pluto Press’ Radical Geography series)
About the book:
Since before the first atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima, the history of nuclear warfare has been tangled with the spaces and places of scientific research and weapons testing, armament and disarmament, pacifism and proliferation. Nuclear geography gives us the tools to understand these events as well as the extraordinary human cost of nuclear weapons. Disarming Doomsday explores the secret history of nuclear weapons by studying the places they build and tear apart, from Los Alamos to Hiroshima. It looks at the legacy of nuclear imperialism from weapons testing on Christmas Island and across the South Pacific, as well as the lasting harm this has caused to both indigenous communities and the soldiers that were ordered to conduct tests. Tying these complex geographies together for the first time, Disarming Doomsday takes us forward, describing how geographers and geotechnology continue to shape nuclear war and imagining ways to help prevent it in the future.
About the author:
Becky Alexis-Martin is a Lecturer in Political and Cultural Geographies at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also a Senior Research Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Southampton. Her research interests include the health and wellbeing of nuclear communities and nuclear culture. She is also interested in nuclear warfare, irregular warfare and terrorism, with focus upon the long-term socio-environmental consequences of each scenario.
This event is free.