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Thursday, October 10

Everyday Radioactive Life in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
4:00 pm
Magdalena Edyta Stawkowski, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, North Carolina State University
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for African Studies, Asian Studies Center, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, Director's Office, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center along with Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies, Department of Communications, Department of History, Cultural Studies Program and World History Center
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From 1949 to 1989, the Soviet Union conducted 456 nuclear tests at Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan. Despite decades of nuclear fallout, Kazakh rural communities inhabit the area around the site. How has living around a nuclear test site shaped those communities and their post-Soviet experience? This live interview with Magdalena Stawkowski will discuss her ethnographic work and the ways the Semipalatinsk test site still shapes economy, environment and subjectivities.