1st Edition

Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age Exploring the Legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Edited By Roman Rosenbaum, Yasuko Claremont Copyright 2023
    286 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the contemporary legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the passage of three quarters of a century, and the role of art and activism in maintaining a critical perspective on the dangers of the nuclear age.

    It closely interrogates the political and cultural shifts that have accompanied the transition to a nuclearised world. Beginning with the contemporary socio-political and cultural interpretations of the impact and legacy of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the chapters examine the challenges posed by committed opponents in the cultural and activist fields to the ongoing development of nuclear weapons and the expanding industrial uses of nuclear power. It explores how the aphorism that "all art is political" is borne out in the close relation between art and activism. 

    This multi-disciplinary approach to the socio-political and cultural exploration of nuclear energy in relation to Hiroshima/Nagasaki via the arts will be of interest to students and scholars of peace and conflict studies, social political and cultural studies, fine arts, and art and aesthetic studies.

    1. Introduction: The Raison D’être of the Arts in the Nuclear World

    Roman Rosenbaum

    2. Anti-Nuclear Movements and Education for Peace and Human Rights

    Kazuyo Yamane

    3. Interrogating the Nuclear Industry, Local and Global: Tsushima Yūko’s Post-3.11 Writing

    Barbara Hartley

    4. Contemporary Perspectives on the Nuclear World, Seventy-Five Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Manga as Nuclear Art

    Roman Rosenbaum

    5. Anti-Nuclear Activism Through the Arts in Japan

    Yasuko Claremont

    6. Hiroshima Museums: Atomic Artifacts on the Seventy-fifth Anniversary

    Ann Sherif

    7. Silence and Resilience: Commemorating Nagasaki Alongside the ‘Extraordinary Noise’ of the Olympics and Under the Covid-19 ‘Mushroom Cloud’

    Gwyn McClelland and Yuki Miyamoto

    8. An Apocalypse Through Australian Eyes: the Art and Objets Trouvés of Occupied Hiroshima

    Tessa Morris-Suzuki

    9. Genbaku Legacy in Post-3.11 Japan: Ōta Yōko and Yoshida Chia

    Veronica De Pieri

    10. The Unquiet Legacy of Nuclear Testing in French Polynesia

    Elizabeth Rechniewski

    11. Scientific Activism in the Nuclear Age: Atuhiro Sibatini and the Ranger Uranium Mine

    Alexander Brown

    12. Epilogue: Celebrating Nuclear Activism and the Power of the Individual

    Yasuko Claremont


    Roman Rosenbaum, PhD is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, Australia. He specialises in Postwar Japanese Literature, Popular Cultural Studies and translation. His latest research publication includes The Representation of Japanese Politics in Manga:The Visual Literacy of Statecraft (Routledge, 2020).

    Yasuko Claremont, PhD in Japanese literature, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney, was curator for the exhibition, Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age, April/May 2022 at the Tin Sheds Gallery. Her forthcoming book, The Asia Pacific War: Impact, Legacy, and Reconciliation, will be published by Routledge.