Dr Egle Rindzeviciute, The Organisation, Politics and Aesthetics of Revealing

  • 5.15pm

  • Hunter Building, Hunter Lecture Theatre (017)
    74 Lauriston Place
    EH3 9DF

Dr Egle Rindzeviciute is a Lecturer in Sociology at Kingston University, London, with a background in art history, management and political science.

She studied at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and the Central European University in Budapest, before completing her PhD in Culture Studies at Linköping University in Sweden. Previous to her appointment at Kingston, she taught and undertook research at various institutions: De Montfort University in Leicester, Gothenburg Research Institute, Gothenburg University (Sweden), the Department for Studies of Culture & Social Change, Linköping University, and Sciences Po in Paris. She has held research fellowships at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Bremen University, Humboldt University of Berlin and Gothenburg University.

Her last book The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World (Cornell University Press, 2016) explores how East-West scientists used transnational social networks and computer technologies to create an intellectual and institutional framework for global governance. She is currently working on a monograph "Predicting Russia: The Politics of Anticipatory Governance”

Her talk is entitled Constructing Russian Nuclear Heritage: The Organisation, Politics and Aesthetics of Revealing

Abstract: From the 1940s, nuclear power has become an important political symbol in Russia: nuclear weapons symbolised the country’s great power status, while a world’s first nuclear power station in Obninsk became the symbol of technological progress. When Lenin declared that communism is power to the soviets plus electrification for the entire country, electric power and nuclear industry became closely coupled with the administrative and political utopian visions of the communist state. However, today nuclear power is not only a symbol of the future, it is also a relic from the past. In this paper I trace the key shifts in the construction of nuclear power as cultural heritage in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, mapping key actors, institutions, and discourses. I ask, what political, organisational and aesthetic strategies can be discerned in the staging of nuclearity as cultural heritage (Harrison 2013:1) and what it tells us about the transformative power of culture.

The talk is free and open to all. Drinks are served afterwards in the John Higgitt Gallery.

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