Event Nuclear Histories with Dr Liz Tynan

Nuclear Histories with Dr Liz Tynan

Online Lecture

19 August 2021

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Join journalist, nuclear researcher, and author Associate Professor Liz Tynan PhD to gain an insight into the history of British nuclear testing in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s.

This lecture provides context and background to complement Yhonnie Scarce‘s exhibition Missile Park currently showing at the IMA. Scarce’s work is underpinned by extensive and in-depth research that explores the impact of nuclear testing, the displacement and relocation of Aboriginal people from their homelands, and the forcible removal of Aboriginal children from their families.

Viewers are invited to watch via Zoom or watch a live screening of the talk at the IMA. Please register for the Zoom link here and for a place at the in-person screening here. Registration for both viewing options are essential.

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  • Partner:

    This program is part of National Science Week which seeks to promote and encourage interest in science, engineering, mathematics, technology and innovation; and communicate the relevance of them in everyday life.

Guest Info
  • Associate Professor Liz Tynan PhD is co-ordinator of the professional development program at the JCU Graduate Research School. She also has an adjunct associate professor appointment at the College of Arts, Society and Education. She is a prominent researcher of the history of British atomic weapons testing in Australia, and her first book on the topic, Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and the CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in 2017. She is a former journalism academic with a background in both print and electronic media, specialising in science writing and editing. She worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) as a reporter and subeditor, and was later Sydney correspondent for New Scientist. Her PhD in history of science/science communication from the Australian National University examined aspects of the British nuclear tests in Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. She is currently working on a new book about British atomic tests in Australia.  The Secret of Emu Field will be published by NewSouth Publishing in 2022.

Sunrise over Maralinga. Photo: Andrew Burden.

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