To mark the 60th anniversary of the detonation of the first atomic bomb, the Center for the Study of War and Society and the University of Tennessee Press will host a three-day conference, July 15-17, 2005, to assess the impact of the development of nuclear weapons on American society and culture. This conference will convene in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a site which, together with Los Alamos, New Mexico and Hanford, Washington played a pivotal role in the development of the first atomic bomb detonated in Alamogordo, New Mexico on July 16, 1945.
The Conference organizers, Professor G. Kurt Piehler and Captain Rosemary Mariner (U.S. Navy, Retired), seek proposals for papers that examine the political, economic, social, and cultural impact of nuclear weapons on American society. Among the areas of interest to conference organizers is new work exploring the impact of nuclear weapons on national defense and maritime strategy, as well as civil-military relations during the Cold War and the more recent war on terrorism. Scholarship examining the impact of public opinion on American nuclear weapons developments and strategy (i.e., SANE, the Nuclear Freeze Movement, etc.), public participation and opposition to civil defense measures, and the impact of nuclear weapons research on American science and education are all welcome. We envision this conference as interdisciplinary and seek proposals from disciplines outside of history and political science that explore the literary, cinematic, and artistic impact of the nuclear age. Given the location of the conference, organizers are especially interested in new scholarship examining the unique roles of Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, and Hanford in developing the atomic bomb and later generations of nuclear weapons.
The conference conveners plan to develop an anthology based on selected papers presented at the conference. The University of Tennessee Press has expressed a strong interest in publishing such an anthology.
Scholars and advanced graduate students interested in participating in this conference should submit a cover letter, 2-3 page proposal and c.v. by April 1, 2004 to Professor G. Kurt Piehler.
Please be sure your c.v. contains complete contact information including mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number (including any summer contact information). The Center expects to make a limited number of travel grants to attendees in need of financial assistance. If you are unable to secure institutional support to participate in this conference and require financial assistance, please indicate this in your cover letter. We plan to announce a final schedule for the conference by June 1, 2004.
Oak Ridge is located in East Tennessee and is less than an hour's drive from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Knoxville's McGhee-Tyson Airport offers convenient access to the city with direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Houston, Newark-New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, D.C.
Founded in 1984 by the late Dr. Charles W. Johnson, the Center for the Study of War and Society is dedicated to the study of U.S. military history with an emphasis on the human dimension of war. Under the direction of Professor G. Kurt Piehler since January 1999, the Center sponsors a continuing program of research, teaching, and public programming in support of this core mission. Transcripts of the Center's continuing oral history program documenting the American veteran experience are available on-line at our website. The Center hosted the annual meeting of the Society for Military History in 2003.
Professor G. Kurt Piehler
Center for the Study of War and Society
220 Hoskins Library
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0128
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