Uranium from Africa and the Power of Nuclear Things

Speaker: Prof Gabrielle Hecht # University of Michigan

5th Mar 2013

16:30 - 17:30

Auditorium, Level 1, National Museum of Scotland

In any given year during the last six decades, African ore has supplied 25-50% of the Western world’s uranium. As both political object and material substance, this ore shaped global conceptions and meanings of the “nuclear,” with profound consequences for the legal and illegal circulation of radioactive materials, for the global institutions and treaties governing atomic energy, and for the lives and health of mineworkers. Ranging from Niger, through Gabon, and into Namibia, this talk explores the manifestations and consequences of nuclearity.

This lecture is held in memory of Dr Stewart Russell (1955 -2011)