|16 Nov 2023||17:00 - 19:00||Online & Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge|
An event by the Military Surplus: Toxicity, Industry and War research network
- Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University)
- Svitlana Matviyenko (Simon Fraser University)
- Zsuzsanna Ihar (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)
Egle Rindzeviciute: ‘Scientific prediction and governing complexity: epistemologies of the Soviet Anthropocene’
In this talk I will draw on my recent book The Will to Predict: Orchestrating the Future through Science (Cornell University Press, 2023) to discuss the making of future scenarios of military and environmental destruction in the late Soviet Union. The postwar idea of channelling the boundless growth of science and technology to boost the military-industrial complex was questioned in the 1960s and particularly in the 1970s-1980s, when an influential epistemic community of Soviet scientists began to critique the Cold War regime that was unravelling the very living milieu of humankind. This talk will explore several lines of this debate which developed liberal governmentality approaches, particularly the idea of governing from the limits, and called for the institutional and epistemological reform of the authoritarian regime.
Svitlana Matviyenko: The “Ecologized War” on the Nexus of Cyber and Nuclear
This presentation will ponder what it means to conduct warfare environmentally by looking at two cases of the occupation by the Russian forces of the Choronobyl nuclear power plant and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in February-March 2022 and their destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam in June 2023, all of which constitute an extended nuclear infrastructure assemblage weaponized in the ongoing war of aggression in Ukraine.