Atomic Energy and the Arrogance of Man: Revisiting the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster
Serhii PlokhiiUkrainian Research Institute, Harvard University
December 6, 2019 / 7.00 pm
The Institute for Human Sciences (IWM), Spittelauer Lände 3, Vienna/Austria
On the morning of April 26, 1986, the world witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in history: the explosion of a reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Soviet Ukraine. Dozens died of radiation poisoning, fallout contaminated half the continent, and thousands fell ill. In his lecture, Serhii Plokhii draws on new sources to lay bare the flaws of the Soviet nuclear industry, tracing the disaster to the authoritarian character of Communist party rule, the regime’s control of scientific information, and its emphasis on economic development over all else. Today, the risk of another Chernobyl, claims Plokhii, looms in the mismanagement of nuclear power in the developing world.
The keynote lecture by Serhii Plokhii is part of the conference Between Kyiv and Vienna: Histories of People, Ideas, and Objects in Circulation and Motion which takes place at the IWM from December 4 to 7, 2019.
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