History of Technology Conference in Philadelphia, USA

26-29 October, 2017 Andrei Stsiapanau introduced the Nuclear Legacies project and the outcomes of his research during the SHOT (Society for the History of Technology) Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The meeting represents a community of researchers in history of technology, environmental history and STS where the leading scholars are part of the development of comparative historical research concerning the relationship between technology and its environment, politics and society.

Within a session on “Nuclear Danger”, Andrei Stsiapanau presented the paper “Nuclear waste as unclear legacy: How to classify and manage the nuclear energy uses in modern Russia?” Based on a case of public hearings about underground waste disposal construction in Sosnovy Bor (Russia), he showed how controversial the definitions and uses of the nuclear waste are and furthermore how the negotiations about the future of the nuclear age in modern Russia are most uncertain. The discussion afterwards revolved around the politics of nuclear decision making in Russia and the technology of underground nuclear waste disposal.