The legacy of Soviet nuclear testing
Dr. Magdalena Stawkowski, a teaching scholar in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, will discuss her work on the social legacies of nuclear testing at Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. Using ethnographic data from a community on the test site's border, she describes how economic restructuring programs and the scientific uncertainty about the bio-genetic effects of low-dose radiation exposure have shaped Kazakh understandings of health and well being. Specifically, she explains why people living in Semipalatinsk and lacking good economic options, now claim to be “mutants," adapted to radiation and dependent on it for survival. Join us for this brown-bag lunch. Hosted by the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.