Chris Hill is Lecturer in History at the University of South Wales. His research explores the historical role of desert and island environments in the development of nuclear knowledge. Chris seeks to place the history of nuclear energy and weapons in deeper, often imperial, traditions of science and technology. He is also interested in the social history of nuclear weapons programmes, particularly from the perspective of nuclear survivors and veterans.
Chris is currently working on a monograph entitled Radiant Empire: Africa’s Last Colony and the Making of Nuclear Britain. The monograph explores the significance of African uranium for post-war British nuclear energy and weapons. It revolves around the history of the Rössing mine in Apartheid-era Namibia, which was managed by the British multinational, Rio Tinto Zinc.
Alongside Dr Jon Hogg and Professor Raminder Kaur, Chris is also editing an open access book entitled Fallout Reframed: Rethinking Nuclearity from Below. Based on 20 case studies from nuclear sites around the world, this multimedia book interrogates ‘nuclearity’ as a technopolitical category. The book focuses on groups who often refer to themselves as being ‘nuclear’: miners, survivors, veterans and workers. It draws on their experiences to show how nuclear knowledge is produced on a social level, as well as how this can clash with scientific framings of what, or whom, can be deemed nuclear.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awarded Chris an Early Career Leadership Fellowship for a project entitled: ‘The New Nuclear Imperialism: Science, Diplomacy and Power in the British Empire’. Chris’s first monograph, Peace and Power in Cold War Britain, was selected as ‘Book of the Month’ by Columbia University’s Europe Now Journal.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR COLLABORATION
Chris is open to potential collaborations with campaigners and researchers.