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Remembering the Atomic Bombs: History, Memory and Politics in Australia, Japan and the Pacific
11 August, 2020 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMFree
2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. In this seminar our speakers will consider new findings about the Japanese experience and memory of the Atomic bombings, how Australia and Australians have been caught up in this atomic history, and the social and political legacies of the bomb in the Asia-Pacific region.
Professor Robin Gerster (Monash University) is the author of Travels in Atomic Sunshine: Australia and the Occupation of Japan (2009) and Hiroshima and Here: Reflections on Australian Atomic Culture to be published by Lexington Books / Rowman & Littelfield in the US later this year.
Dr Gwyn McClelland (Monash) has worked closely with Nagasaki survivors and is the author of Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives (Routledge, 2019).
Dimity Hawkins AM is completing her PhD in history at Swinburne University examining resistance to nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific, particularly around independence in Fiji. She is also one of the co-founders of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.