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FA-54524-09Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersGabrielle HechtUranium from Africa and the Power of Nuclear Things6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010$50,400.00Gabrielle Hecht   Regents of the University of MichiganAnn ArborMI48109-1382USA2008History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and MedicineFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

This project examines the history of uranium production in Africa from the 1940s to the present. During this time, African ore has supplied 25-50% of the Western world's uranium. The book focuses on South Africa, Madagascar, Gabon, and Namibia, but also includes Congo and Niger. It draws upon fieldwork and archival research in 8 countries. Exploring the transnational trade in African uranium, it argues that postcolonial power relationships were deeply entangled with the technologies and politics of the uranium market. Via a comparative history of occupational health and labor organization, it analyzes how Africans experienced and politicized radiation exposures. The project shows how technology enacts social and political power across national boundaries, how Africans positioned themselves in global technological circuits, and how the view from Africa transforms our perspective on the transnational power of nuclear things.