Archipelagos of Resistance: Anti-Nuclear Writing of Oceania, 1975-2018


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




Often misguided by continental bias, studies of nuclear proliferation have largely ignored the experiences and writings of Indigenous peoples, especially those of the Pacific Islands, despite over three hundred detonations in the region. To counteract these erasures, my dissertation project examines the rhetorical and representational strategies of Indigenous writers and activists during, or inspired by, the “Nuclear Free” movements in the Pacific Islands from 1975 to 2018. Using a decolonial, ecocritical methodology on the topics of kinship and temporality, I examine newsletters, pamphlets, conference proceedings, fiction, poetry, and videopoems from Oceania to argue for a place-based re-theorization of nuclear studies that includes and incorporates Indigenous Oceanic epistemologies.