IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Joseph Masco

5 October - 18 October 2014

Joseph Masco teaches Anthropology and Science Studies at the University of Chicago. He is the author of The Nuclear Borderlands: The Manhattan Project in Post-Cold War New Mexico (2006, Princeton University Press) which won the 2014 Staley Prize from the School for Advanced Research, as well as the 2008 Rachel Carson Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science, and the Robert K. Merton Prize from the American Sociological Association. His next book, The Theater of Operations: National Security Affect from the Cold War to the War on Terror, will be published by Duke University Press in Autumn 2014.

For 2013-14, he is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, part of a year-long seminar on environmental crisis. His current research considers forms of planetary danger, connecting the long history of nuclear threat with climate change. He is interested in developing a critical security studies, one particularly focused on perceptions of danger as well as expert conceptualizations and visualizations of insecurity.

On the 9 October 2014 Professor Masco will be holding the seminar " The Anthropology of In/Security". Please follow the link for more details and to register.
Another event featuring him, entitled " The six extinctions: Visualizing the planetary ecological crisis today" will be taking place on the 13 October 2014.
The Global Insecurities Centre Workshop " Scale and Perspective in Security Studies: From the Everyday to the Planetary" will take place on Wednesday the 15th October 2014.

For more details regarding Professor Masco's visit, please contact Dr Columba Peoples at C.Peoples@bristol.ac.uk.