2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on 6 and 9 August 1945. In this webinar, three 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 & Littlefield in the US later this year.
Dr Gwyn McClelland (University of New England) 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.
The discussion will be chaired by Professor Alistair Thomson of Monash University.
To register and receive the Zoom link a few days before the event, please click the Send RSVP button at the foot of this page.
Images of Hiroshima and Nagasaki courtesy Gwyn McClelland.
Image of Setsuko Thurlow accepting the Nobel Peace Prize courtesy ICAN.
Image of Hiroshima and Here book cover courtesy Lexington Books.
This webinar is part of an ongoing seminar series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.
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