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The Nuclear Origins of the Anthropocene

August 12 2018 to August 15 2018 | Prague, Czech Republic

Deadline: January 30 2018

Updated: January 22 2018

For this year's Pan-European Conference on International Relations Abstracts of 200 words should be sent to
*Rens van Munster ( )*
At a time when human disturbances threaten the liveability of the planet, the concept of the Anthropocene has captured the popular and scholarly imagination with plots of mass extinction, ecocide and ecological collapse. Geologists have yet to formally agree on the start date of the Anthropocene, but the early Cold War period of fervent atmospheric nuclear testing is increasingly mentioned as the prime candidate. Yet, despite the centrality of nuclear weapons for the discipline of IR, surprisingly few IR scholars have paid systematic attention to the multiple and often paradoxical links between the nuclear age and the age of the Anthropocene. This panel seeks to remedy this situation and calls for papers that explicitly explore *the Anthropocene as the radioactive afterlife of the Cold War*. To what extent do radioactive ecologies of the Cold War foreshadow the emerging global condition of the Anthropocene? What role does visual iconography of the Cold War play in current visualizations of the Anthropocene? In what ways have Cold War science and technology (satellite technology, nuclear weapons science, Earth science) produced (our understanding) of the Anthropocene? What does it mean for our understanding of security and survival to view the Anthropocene as the environmental, social and technological fallout of the Cold War? The panel welcomes any paper that engages and gauges the historical, theoretical and empirical connections between the Cold War and the Anthropocene.