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.
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.