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Nuclear Experts and Nuclear Expertise in a Global Context after 1945


Conveners: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Metzler, Prof. Dr. Carola Sachse




Monday, Oct. 6, 2014


9:00 – 9:15 a.m.



Carola Sachse

University of Vienna, Austria



9:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Panel 1 | Nuclear Experts and Counter Expertise


Chair: Gabriele Metzler                                    

Humboldt University Berlin, Germany


Ibrahim Al-Marashi  

California State University, San Marcos, CA, USA

Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation


Mauro Elli     

University of Padua, Italy

Nuclear Experts and the Industry: Overlapping Trajectories of Politics, Economics and Knowledge


Benjamin Wilson

Stanford University, CA, USA

Nuclear Arms Control: Expertise, Ideas, and the State, 1957-1977


Waqar Zaidi  

Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan           

James T. Shotwell and the Struggle for Atomic Expertise, 1945-1947



11.45 a.m. - 1.15 p.m.

Panel 2 | Nuclear Knowledge


Chair: Holger Nehring

University of Stirling, UK


Mara Drogan 

Siena College, Loudonville, NY, USA            

“Delicate Matters Requiring Expert Consideration”: Political Goals versus Technological Realities in Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace Program


Sebastian Vehlken    

Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany  

The Age of Hypotheticality: Wolf Häfele and the “German Manhattan Project”


Taka Daitoku 

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA             

“It’s what you don’t see that matters the most”: Shigaki Minro, the Cabinet Research Staff, and the Reshaping of the Community of Nuclear Knowledge in Japan, 1964-70


2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Panel 3 | Transnational Networks


Chair: Carola Sachse

University of Vienna, Austria


Alison Kraft   

University of Sheffield, UK             

Nuclear “Fallout”: A Case Study of Scientific Dissent in Early Cold War Britain and the Origins of the Pugwash Movement, c. 1954-1957


Christoph Laucht      

Swansea University, UK   

British Professionals, Nuclear Expertise and the Prevention of Nuclear War in the 1980s


Sibylle Marti  

University of Zürich, Switzerland  

A Network for Radiation Safety: Swiss Radiation Protection Experts in the “Glocal” Cold War


Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014


9:00- 10:30 a.m.

Panel 4 |Expert vs Government and Others


Chair: Alison Kraft

University of Sheffield, UK             


Anna Weichselbraun

University of Chicago, IL, USA       

Nuclear Experts at the IAEA: Safeguards Inspectors and the Verification of the NPT


Christian Marx          

University of Trier, Germany         

Nuclear Experts and Economic Interests in West Germany at the End of the Boom


Karin Zachmann        

Technical University Munich, Germany      

Peaceful Atoms in Agriculture and Food: How the Politics of the Cold War Shaped Agricultural Research with Isotopes and Radiation in Divided Germany in the 1950s



10:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Panel 5 | Effects of Expertise


Chair: Mark Walker

Union College, New York, USA


Angela N. Creager     

Princeton University, NJ, USA/MPI for the History of Sciences, Berlin, Germany           

Nuclear Waste and Environment Expertise at the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission


Lachlan Clohesy        

Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Nuclear Experts and an Atomic Australia


Linda Richards          

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA             

Health Physics: Uncertainty and the Taint Inside


Matthias Englert/Anne I. Harrington         

Technical University Darmstadt, Germany 

Disembodying the Power of Nuclear Weapons: Experts and the Materiality and Governance of Nuclear Technologies




Where do we go from here?


Chair: Gabriele Metzler

Humboldt University, Berlin


Holger Nehring

University of Stirling, UK

Concluding Remarks

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