Focus Theme: Anthropocene 


At the heart of the controversy surrounding the Anthropocene epoch is a unifying consensus that nuclear weapons testing—beginning with the Trinity test on July 16, 1945—constitutes its most readily identifiable origins. Despite this, since its height in the mid-1980s, the threat of nuclear harm has become almost invisible from public consciousness. A new nuclear imaginary is therefore emerging with the Earth, not human survival, at its centre.

The 2019-21 focus theme of the Archive is “the Anthropocene”. The chosen theme recognises not only the Anthropocene’s radiological signature, but the differentiated responsibility and vulnerability to nuclear harms that is inflicted on beings and things, as well as across space and time. Building on the prior focus theme of “Markers”, planned activities planned through 2021 include the continued acquisition of physical items along with their digitisation, as well as the production of a major volume that attempts to communicate the problem of nuclear harm into the far-future.

Project Director

N.A.J. Taylor
University of Melbourne, Australia

International Advisory Board

Cecilia Asberg
Linköping University, Sweden 

Ellise Barkley
Queensland University of Technology, Australia  

Shampa Biswas
Whitman College, United States 

Roland Bleiker
University of Queensland, Australia

Mick Broderick
Murdoch University, Australia 

Adam Broinowski
Australian National University, Australia

Paul Brown
University of New South Wales, Australia

Julia Bryan-Wilson 
University of California at Berkeley, United States  

Anthony Burke
Australian Defence Force Academy at UNSW, Australia 

Joseph A. Camilleri
La Trobe University, Australia

Robert Del Tredici
Atomic Photographers Guild, Canada

Jenny Edkins 
The University of Manchester, England 

Richard A. Falk 
Princeton University, United States 

Stefanie Fishel
Alabama University, United States

Maja Fowkes and Reuben Fowkes
Central European University, Hungary 

Jacob Darwin Hamblin
Oregon State University, United States

Michael Hamel-Green
Victoria University, Australia

Julian Hewit
Media Arts Lawyers, Australia 

Myra Hird 
Queen’s University, Canada

Robert Jacobs
Hiroshima City University, Japan 

Karena Kalmbach
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

John Kinsella
Curtin University, Australia 

Redi Koobak
University of Bergen, Norway 

Peter Kuran
Atom Central, United States 

Isabel Lane
Yale University, United States

Eve Andrée Laramée
Pace University, United States

L.H.M. Ling
The New School, United States

Livia Monnet
University of Montreal, Canada

John O’Brian
University of British Columbia, Canada

Trisha Thompson Pritikin
Consequences of Radiation Exposure Musem, United States 

Peter Rickwood
Atomic Reporters, Austria

Susan Schuppli
Goldsmiths at University College London, England

Martha Smith-Norris
University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Robert Williams
University of Cumbria, England

Peter C. van Wyck
Concordia University, Canada