The Manhattan Project and its Afterlives

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End: May 1, 2019
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"The Manhattan Project and its Afterlives”


September 25-28, 2019

Hanford History Project at Washington State University Tri-Cities

Richland WA


Proposal deadline: May 1, 2019


Possible topics may include:

  • Environmental afterlives of nuclear materials production
  • The afterlife of science: The politicization of science and the scientific community
  • Diversity and difference: The contested spaces of/after the Manhattan Project and Cold War
  • Nowhere to remember: The afterlives of displaced indigenous and settler communities
  • Atomic diplomacy and the Cold War
  • Nuclear borderlands: Afterlives of nuclear testing/test sites
  • Afterlives of the secret cities
  • After Manhattan: “Managing” the new postwar nuclear industry in the public sphere
  • Radiation Safety: Facts and fictions
  • The atomic frontier and its afterlives
  • The afterlife of public policy and practice in the atomic age
  • Activism as afterlife
  • Making things up: Invention, innovation, fabrication, statistics
  • The afterlife of nuclear weaponry: The rise (and fall) of the nuclear power industry
  • The nuclear uncanny: The culture of the new atomic age
  • The Manhattan Project National Historical Park: Memory, commemoration, and the challenges of public history and interpretation
  • Afterlife as/and “slow apocalypse”
  • The Manhattan Project in the popular imagination
  • The after-afterlife: Can there be a post-nuclear age?


Please send abstracts (<300 words) and brief professional biography to