Call for Registrations: Nuclear Politics – Study Programme 12-16 May 2014

We cordially invite you to a study programme in Vienna from 12 – 16 May 2014, focusing on nuclear safety and security, nuclear weapons, disarmament and arms control. Please see the preliminary programme to obtain more information about the initiative.


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CfP: Media and the Cold War

In recent years, the major economic, political, and cultural changes in societies during the last two decades of the Cold War have come into greater focus for academics from a variety of disciplines. This conference examines the role of the media during the period from the Helsinki Conference in 1975 until the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989-91. It explores the engagement of various forms of media with the Cold War on a global scale, including alternative media representations, performances, and cultures during this time.

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Give Peace A Chance – Peace Movements Through Songs

Today’s lecture by Philipp Baur dealt with the history of American and European peace movements through song, or more specifically, the role of music for protest movements against nuclear weapons and energy. Most famously, John Lennon’s Give Peace A Chance became the anthem of the anti-Vietnam War protests in the late 1960s, when it was adapted by Pete Seeger at a huge peace rally on Nov. 15th 1969, involving half a million participants.


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Digital Fallout

760px-Ground-Space_based_hybrid_laser_weapon_concept_art We are used to studying nuclear issues only in military and political terms. But what if we would consider this subject from an alternative point of view? In his seminar “Welcome to Wasteland-The Discourse on Nuclear Power and Post-nuclear Dystopia in Video Games”, Eugen Pfister (University of Vienna) analyzed how nuclear issues are depicted in video games, and why this phenomenon has to be considered.

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Interview on the Nuclear Issue in International Relations


Leopoldo Nuti, Frédéric Bozo, Frédéric Gloriant and Marilena Gala (f.l.t.r.)

Leopoldo Nuti, Frédéric Bozo, Frédéric Gloriant and Marilena Gala (f.l.t.r.)

Today we had lectures by Frédéric Gloriant, Marilena Gala, Leopoldo Nuti and Frédéric Bozo about the nuclear issue in international relations. Each of the lecturers had a different focus in this context. After their presentations we asked them to give us a short interview to deepen our understanding of the nuclear issue in international relations.

At the end of the interview you will find a short introduction of the lecturers!

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Sharing and Control?


Day 2 of the IP included three talks which focused on the early postwar history. During the 50s and 60s the necessity to control nuclear power became a centre of discussion among politicians around the globe. Moreover, in his speech “Atoms for Peace” in 1953, President Eisenhower emphasized the idea of a distinction between the military and civilian use of atomic energy. The risks seemed to be ignorable by the mean of controlled sharing. Therefore, some controlling organizations had to be founded. Eisenhower’s speech indeed directly inspired the creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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Welcome to Augsburg


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Students and teachers from five European countries (Germany, Austria, France, Italy and Hungrary) travelled to Augsburg for the two-week Erasmus Intensive Programm “Atoms for Europe”. Find our more here.