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Join us for the virtual public launch of “A People’s Atlas of Nuclear Colorado,” a digital public humanities project co-edited by Sarah Kanouse and Shiloh Krupar that documents and interprets nuclear geographies and legacies of the Cold War. The Atlas draws together background information, archival materials, accessible scholarly essays, and artist interventions. Grounded in the specific location of Colorado and its nuclear materials and ecologies, the Atlas allows users to explore the US nuclear complex and its many scales of operation, relational geographies, and troubling future. 

Following an introduction and short demo by the editors, panelists will provide insight into their contributions. The event will conclude with discussion on further expanding on this material in educational, policy, and community settings. 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. RSVP here.

This event is co-sponsored by NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University and the Culture and Politics Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with support from a Georgetown Global Engagement Faculty Grant for the seminar series in Global Humanities & Public Infrastructures.


Sarah Kanouse, Associate Professor of Art + Design, Northeastern University

Shiloh Krupar, Associate Professor o fCulture and Politics, Georgetown University


  • Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor, Colorado State University
  • Abbey Hepner, Assistant Professor of Art, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville
  • Mallery Quetawki (Zuni Pueblo), Artist-in-Residence, Community Environmental Health Program at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy
  • Jennifer Richter, Assistant Professor, School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
  • Gretchen Heefner, Associate Professor of History, Northeastern University
  • Nareg Kuyumjian, student, Georgetown University
  • Marion Hourdequin, Professor of Philosophy, Colorado College
  • Yuki Miyamoto, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University
  • Katherine Chandler, Assistant Professor of Culture and Politics, Georgetown University

Speaker Bios

Katherine Chandler is an assistant professor of Culture and Politics in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Her research studies how technology and media create infrastructures that reinforce, challenge, and transform the nation state and a global public. She uses theories and methods from science and technology studies, media theory, geography, political theory, and art practice. Her scholarly research and essays have been published in Interventions, Catalyst, Humanity and qui parle. Unmanning: How Humans, Machines and Media Perform Drone Warfare (Rutgers University Press, 2020), Chandler's first monograph, examines failed experiments by the United States military to unman aircraft in the twentieth century. She looks at how networked parts of the drone are entangled with gender, race, and nation. Unmanning is a disavowal of politics as technology that serves and obfuscates American power. Chandler's second book, Drone Publics, examines the international networks that promote drone innovation in Africa. She asks how the militaristic origins of drone aircraft are refashioned through commercial projects, humanitarianism, and development. This research theorizes the concept of drone publics, interrogating the tensions between a collective good and the rubrics of protection, targeting, and exploitation that persist in non-military drones. Chandler is also working on a co-authored book (with Hillary Mushkin) on arts, politics, and technology called Drone Archive. The project utilizes drawings and feminist art practice to engage with the histories of power and control exemplified by drone aircraft.

Gretchen Heefner is an Associate Professor of History at Northeastern University. Her first book, The Missile Next Door: The Minuteman in the American Heartland (Harvard University Press, 2012), traces the deployment of nuclear missiles across the American heartland in the late 1950s and 1960s. She has consulted with the National Park Service on their Minuteman Missile Historic Site in South Dakota. The Missile Next Door was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic title in 2013. She is currently working on a book about military engineers in extreme environments.

Abbey Hepner is Assistant Professor of Art and Area Head of Photography at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She holds undergraduate degrees in Art and Psychology from the University of Utah and an MFA in Photography from the University of New Mexico. Her work examines health, technology, and our relationship with place. She frequently works at the intersection of art and science, examining biopolitics and the use of health as a currency. Her work has been exhibited widely in such venues as the Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival, SITE Santa Fe, the Sheldon Art Galleries, and the Lianzhou Foto Festival. Her monograph, The Light at the End of History, about nuclear issues will be published by Daylight Books in 2021. 

Marion Hourdequin is Professor of Philosophy at Colorado College.  Her current research focuses on environmental ethics, climate ethics, and the philosophy of science and technology. She currently serves as Vice President/President Elect of the International Society for Environmental Ethics, and as an Associate Editor for two journals, Environmental Values and Environmental Ethics. She is the author of Environmental Ethics: From Theory to Practice (Bloomsbury, 2015) and co-editor, with David Havlick, of Restoring Layered Landscapes (Oxford, 2016). 

Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and critical writer examining the political ecology of landscape and space. Migrating between video, photography, and performative forms, her research-based creative projects shift the visual dimension of the landscape to allow hidden stories of environmental and social transformation to emerge. Her solo and collaborative creative work—most notably with Compass and the National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service—has been presented through the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Documenta 13, the Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, Krannert Art Museum, Cooper Union, Smart Museum, and numerous academic and artist-run venues. Her writings on landscape, ecology and contemporary art have appeared in Acme, Leonardo, Parallax, and Art Journal and numerous edited volumes. A 2019-2020 fellow at the Rachel Carson Center at Ludwig Maximilians Universität, she is Associate Professor of Media Arts in the Department of Art + Design at Northeastern University. 

Shiloh Krupar is a geographer and Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where she directs the Culture and Politics Program in the School of Foreign Service. Her research examines the biopolitical administration of asymmetrical life, geographies of waste and vulnerability, and bureaucracy. This has included work on decommissioned military landscapes and nuclear natures; environmental and financial disasters; model cities and exhibitionary politics in China; and medical geographies of waste. The recipient of a Quadrant Fellowship, she is author of Hot Spotter’s Report: Military Fables of Toxic Waste (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), co-author of Deadly Biocultures: The Ethics of Life-making (University of Minnesota Press, 2019, and co-author of the forthcoming volume Exaction: Governing Territories of Austerity, Bias, and Dross (SAGE "Society and Space" book series). Krupar also co-directed the National Toxic Land/Labor Conservation Service and experiments with performance-based geographical analysis

Nareg Kuyumjian is a senior studying Culture and Politics and pursuing a certificate in Eurasian, Russian, and Eastern European Studies at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. As an undergraduate, he focused his academic and research work on international environmental security and, more specifically, on the role transboundary water and energy relations play in conflict and cooperation. Outside the classroom, he is engaged in the environmental movement through various forms of praxis including field organizing to ban single-use Styrofoam in California, researching and analyzing circular economy systems, and revitalizing the recycling program on Georgetown's campus. Nareg’s work in environmental policy has earned him a Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention, an Improving the Human Condition Grant, among others. His work draws from professional experiences at the American Council on Renewable Energy as a Policy Intern and at the Environmental Law Institute as a Research Intern. Alongside his environmental work, Nareg is heavily involved in his Armenian-American community both in Los Angeles, his hometown, and in Washington DC, primarily through the Armenian Youth Federation. He sees his Armenian identity as a grounding force, which informs both his problem-solving approach and spiritual understanding of the world.

Stephanie Malin is an environmental sociologist specializing in natural resource sociology, governance, and rural development, with a focus on the community impacts of resource extraction and energy production. Her main interests include environmental justice, environmental health, social mobilization, and the socio- environmental effects of market-based economies. She also examines communities building more distributive and regenerative systems. Stephanie serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Colorado State University and she is an adjunct Associate Professor with the Colorado School of Public Health. Stephanie co-founded and co-directs the Center for Environmental Justice at CSU. She is an award-winning teacher of courses on environmental justice, water and society, and environmental sociology. Stephanie has authored a forthcoming book, Changing it All: Using Environmental Sociology to Build Something Better, as well as The Price of Nuclear Power: Uranium Communities and Environmental Justice, and has published her research in journals such as Social Forces, Environmental Politics, the Journal of Rural Studies, and Society and Natural Resources. Stephanie conducts public sociology and engaged scholarship, and her work can additionally be found in news outlets like The Conversation and High Country News’ Writers on the Range. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (part of National Institutes of Health), the American Sociological Association, the Rural Sociological Society’s Early Career Award, and the CSU Water Center. Stephanie has enjoyed serving in elected leadership positions for the American Sociological Association’s Section on Environmental Sociology and the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. She completed a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University after earning her Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. 

Yuki Miyamoto teaches nuclear ethics, comparative ethics, and Japanese religions in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University. Her work has centered on the nuclear discourse, including books, Beyond the Mushroom Cloud (Fordham University Press, 2011), and Naze genbaku ga aku dewa nainoka (The narrative divergence in the Nuclear discourse) (Iwanami shoten, 2020), in addition to several articles (ex. “In the Light of Hiroshima” and “Gendered Bodies in Tokusatsu”). The uncanny systemic commonalities between nuclear disasters and environmental destructions saliently manifested after 2011’s Fukushima nuclear accident urged Miyamoto to examine environmental praxis demonstrated by those who witnessed methylmercury poisoning in Minamata, Japan. Her study culminated in the monograph A World Otherwise: Environmental Praxis in Minamata (Lexington Books, 2021). Her current work is to examine the construction of postwar nuclear discourse in Japan, partially influenced by a continuous wartime rhetoric, as well as by the transnational efforts to shape the discourse. She has taken DePaul students to Hiroshima and Nagasaki since 2005 on the biannual study abroad program. She has been appointed as Nagasaki Peace Correspondent (2010) and Hiroshima Peace Ambassador (2011).

Mallery Quetawki is a member of Zuni Pueblo, an indigenous community in western New Mexico.  She is currently the Artist-in-Residence with the Community Environmental Health Program (CEHP) at the University of New Mexico-College of Pharmacy. Mallery has created culturally-relatable art to translate scientific ideas, health impacts, and research on abandoned uranium mines that are currently undergoing study in several Indigenous communities. Her work ranges from acrylic paintings, painted wooden crafts, pottery, greeting cards, and coloring books.

Jen Richter is an assistant professor in the School of Social Transformation and the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She researches and teaches on the intersections of energy policy and environmental justice, with specific focus on nuclear waste management policies and intergenerational justice, as well as energy justice related to renewables. 


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