Expertise and the Nuclear Pacific

in on December 17, 2023

Choose Your Desired Option(s)

Add To Wish List

The purpose of this task is to engage with questions of whose expertise gets heard and why. What types of power are associated with the different types of expertise and what are the implications of these differences in power? Below are links to three sources of information on the nuclear testing that states conducted over several decades across the Pacific. The task is to read and watch these different forms of expertise and answer the associated questions.


1. Scientific expertise




  • What forms of authority do the website’s claims rest on? 

  • What type of knowledge is produced in the Moruroa Files? 

  • Does this website reproduce or challenge the technostrategic discourse that Carol Cohn identifies in the core reading?

  • Do you find this expertise convincing and why?


2. Lived experience

Link: Pacific Women Speak Out: A report made up of testimony from Pacific women from 1998. 

Read Chapter 2. For the Good of Mankind by Darlene Keju-Johnson and Chapter 3 Marshall Islands Learning from Rongelap’s Pain by Lijon Eknilang.



  • What is the source of the expertise of the authors of this report? 

  • In what ways does the Talei Luscia Mangioni core reading provide a broader context for these testimonies? 

  • How does this contrast with the claims to expertise in the Morurua Files website? 

  • What type of knowledge and expertise do you hear most in nuclear policy? Why do you think this is? 

3. Poetry and the arts

Link: History Project, a recording of poet Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner at the Southbank Centre London.



  • What form of knowledge is being expressed here? 

  • What do you think Jetil-Kijiner is saying about translating between different forms of knowledge? 

  • How does this work build on the archive of Pacific Poetry in the core reading by Rebecca H. Hogue and Anaïs Maurer?

  • How does this work relate to a feminist view of the nuclear world?

Content Attributes

Video Url
Topic / Subject Matter , ,
Skillset ,
Lens / Approach / Method
Download Category
Content Tag
Activity Type
Audiences ,
Minimum Number of Participants
Maximum Number of Participants
Group or Individual Groups, Individuals
Number of Leaders
Total Prep Time
Total activity time
Divisible No
Divisible Explanation
Learning Objectives
  • The aim of this activity is to encounter and critically evaluate different forms of nuclear expertise. Feminism tells us that knowledge is not neutral but political, shaped by things like gender, race, and class. Some forms of knowledge are valued over others and some people are heard whilst others are silenced. These tasks will help you to identify and challenge the knowledge hierarchies in the nuclear field.

Share Now!

Related Products

Combined Resources List for More-Than-Human Module
Online module
Climate Change, Disarmament, Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Safety, Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, Nuclear Weapons, Other, Proliferation, Public Affairs
See Details See Details
Critical Maps / Mapping Critically
Nuclear Energy, Other
See Details See Details
Sadako + the Thousand Paper Cranes Lesson Plan from Morocco
Nuclear Weapons
See Details See Details

Share Your Valuable Opinions

You must log in to submit a review.

Cart (0)

  • Your cart is empty.