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Nuclear Citizenship: Mary Kavanagh and Photography as Civil Resistance

Brewer, Lily (2022) Nuclear Citizenship: Mary Kavanagh and Photography as Civil Resistance. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Since the detonation of the Trinity Test in July 1945, the scientific and cultural consequences of weapons-testing in the United States and those consequences’ international entanglements have been mapped and visualized by artists working at the intersection between physics and photography. This dissertation outlines photography’s broad role in atomic history and subsequent public and cultural critique. Canadian artist-researcher Mary Kavanagh, along with her colleagues in the Atomic Photographers Guild, grapples with the motivations and realities of photography as a visualizing protocol and its later role in the interventionist politics of the United States. This dissertation’s accompanying online exhibition, Weaponized Landscapes: Trinity, makes public grievances and observations available to a wide domain of nuclear and Atomic-Age scholars, photographers, and artists. This suite recalls the methods enfolded in contemporary landscape photography’s history while speculating new, humanitarian futures that feature acute attention to civic complaint and conscientious responsiveness that underpin civic entitlements to space and wellbeing.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brewer, Lilylib55@pitt.edulib554048718
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEllenbogen,
Committee MemberSavage,
Committee MemberMcCloskey,
Committee MemberNappi,
Date: 6 June 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 21 March 2022
Approval Date: 6 June 2022
Submission Date: 5 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 126
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Atomic Age, history of photography, resistance, landscape photography, civil gaze
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Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2022 15:56
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2022 15:56


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