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Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Gabrielle Hecht (Project Director: August 2002 to February 2009)

Collaborative Research
Research Programs

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$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2004 – 12/31/2007

Technology, Health, and Empire in the Nuclear Age: A Global and Local History of Uranium Mining and Miners

Research on a comparative history of uranium mining in southern Africa and in North America that will focus on the history of the awareness of radiation hazards to the health of workers. (36 months)

What has global nuclear development meant for local communities? How have nuclear technologies shaped relationships between developing nations and nuclear powers? This project explores the history of uranium mining as a set of interacting technological, medical, political, and cultural practices in global, local, and comparative perspective. The overall project explores four key zones from the late 1940s to the 1990s: Francophone Africa; native lands in North America; Australian Aboriginal territories; and Namibia and South Africa. This funding request focuses specifically on southern Africa and Navajo lands, and investigates the history of the health and safety of workers in those sites.