Histories on the Edge: "Test Photograph: Seeing Nuclear Atrocity in Algeria, 1960-1966"


Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00


Buchanan Tower 1197
1873 East Mall
V6T 1Z1 Vancouver , BC


This talk will focus on a photograph: the depiction of mannequins propped up in the desert during France’s third atomic test in the Sahara on 27 December 1960. Labeled “Nuclear Dummies” by AFP/Getty Images, the photograph has become an emblem of the exposure of military and civilian bodies to radiation during the years of France’s nuclear weapons testing in Algeria. What are the political meanings and effects of this recurrent “misrepresentation”? How does “Nuclear Dummies” operate as evidence, testimony, and allegory in the history and memory of French nuclear imperialism?

This talk is the 12th session in the UBC History Department's Colloquium Series 2017 - 2018: Histories on the Edge


About the Presenter

Dr. Roxanne Panchasi is Associate Professor in History at Simon Fraser University.

Test Photograph: Seeing Nuclear Atrocity in Algeria, 1960 - 1966