Ethnographic study of the Cold War, nuclear culture, and its aftermath
Although the Cold War is over, we still live in a nuclear age. "Humans Going Nuclear" provides students with an opportunity to study the social, political, and economic legacies of the Cold War from the perspective of individuals and communities that hosted the circuit of nuclear production, from uranium mining and reprocessing, to weapons development and nuclear testing. At the core of this course is anthropological engagement with ethnographic works that pay particular attention to issues of power, identity, and inequality, and to understanding the dynamic processes of social, historical, ecological, and biological change resulting from nuclear weapons production and its attendant technological developments that characterize much of the 20th and 21st centuries. This means that students learn about the nuclear age through ethnographies of "nuclearity," popular media, and film and in a way that distinguishes the discipline of anthropology from related fields like sociology, political science, or psychology. This course then, provides students with a historical, social, political and economic context for living in a multicultural and globally-interconnected nuclear world and helps them to develop anthropological skills to address the diversity of nuclear cultures and issues.
ANTH 291 is our special topics designation and as such cannot be used for other classes. The professor will have to consult with Claudia Carrierre to find an appropriate course number that is not yet in use.