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Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by João Fernandes

Summary

Nuclear choices commit populations and societies for at least decades and can cause large scale damage in a very short period of time. How is the scope of available nuclear choices decided then? When it comes to weapons, direct experience cannot be the answer as no one can rely on personal experience of nuclear war. Most decision-makers no longer even have the experience of the effects of such weapons either given that North Korea has been the only country testing nuclear weapons since 1998. The populations’ wishes do not qualify either, since they are very rarely consulted and only few studies on those attitudes exist.Therefore this multi-year seminar investigates the grounds on which the scope of publicly acceptable nuclear choices have been based since the end of nuclear testing.

Announcement

Premier semestre, printemps 2017 / First semester: spring 2017

Présentation 

En tant que titulaire de la chaire d’excellence junior en études de sécurité au CERI, j’ai le plaisir de vous inviter à la première saison de du séminaire pluriannuel organisé par la chaire sur le thème des politiques de la vulnérabilité épistémique à l’âge nucléaire.  Les Langues de travail seront le Français et l’Anglais. La discussion se tiendra sur la base d’une lecture approfondie du papier circulé une semaine en amont de la séance. Le séminaire se tiendra au CERI, 56 rue Jacob, 75006 Paris, un mardi par mois de 17h à 19h. Tous chercheurs travaillant sur ces questions et que j’aurais oublié d’inclure à cette liste de diffusion, sont les bienvenus. Je suis joignable à l’adresse benoit.pelopidas@sciencespo.fr. 

Programme

Nuclear choices commit populations and societies for at least decades and can cause large scale damage in a very short period of time. How is the scope of available nuclear choices decided then? When it comes to weapons, direct experience cannot be the answer as no one can rely on personal experience of nuclear war. Most decision-makers no longer even have the experience of the effects of such weapons either given that North Korea has been the only country testing nuclear weapons since 1998. The populations’ wishes do not qualify either, since they are very rarely consulted and only few studies on those attitudes exist.

Therefore this multi-year seminar investigates the grounds on which the scope of publicly acceptable nuclear choices have been based since the end of nuclear testing. To do so, it investigates four ways in which nuclear weapons choices are bounded; which are the four research axes of the Junior Chair of Excellence in Security Studies hosting the seminar: 1) the intellectual categories we depend on to think about those issues; 2) the governance of nuclear knowledge by nuclear-weapons related institutions; 3) specific readings of the past identifying events or trends from which lessons are expected to be learned about the scope of the possible, and 4) the imaginary of possible futures as opposed to the ones deemed utopian.   

21 février 2017- Séance annulée

21 mars 2017

salle du Conseil (4ème étage)

  • Dr Frédéric Gloriant (Université Paris III): « le théâtre d'ombres des relations nucléaires franco-britanniques à l'époque de De Gaulle et Macmillan, 1957-1963 »

Discutant: Dr Grey Anderson (Sciences Po) 

25 avril 2017

salle du Conseil (4ème étage)

  • Dr Mary X. Mitchell, (Cornell University, USA); “Weaponizing American Territory”

Discutants: Dr Roberto Cantoni (Sciences Po) et Dr Sonia Drobysz (Vertic, à confirmer) 

23 mai

salle du Conseil (4ème étage)

  • Dr Roberto Cantoni (Sciences Po): “Promise brokers: a diachronic study of the epistemology of the energy promise in France”

Discutant: Professeur Pierre-Benoit Joly (INRA-IFRIS) 

20 juin

salle du Conseil (4ème étage)

  • Dr Grey Anderson (Sciences Po): “Between ‘Exterminism’ and ‘Finlandization’: French Intellectuals, the Peace Movement, and the Euromissile Crisis”

Discutants:

  • Professeur Mario Del Pero (Sciences Po, centre d’histoire)
  • Ilaria Parisi (doctorante à Paris III sur le thème de « La France et la crise des euromissiles »)         

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Places

  • Sciences Po-CERI - 56, rue jacob
    Paris, France (75006)

Date(s)

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Keywords

  • nuclear, weapon, security, vulnerability

Contact(s)

  • Nathalie Tenenbaum
    courriel : nathalie [dot] tenenbaum [at] sciencespo [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Nathalie Tenenbaum
    courriel : nathalie [dot] tenenbaum [at] sciencespo [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Politics of epistemic vulnerability in the nuclear age », Seminar, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, https://calenda.org/395390

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