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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
Peter Galison (Project Director: January 2013 to present)

Containment: A Film about the Nuclear Landscape Now and for the Next 10,000 Years

Final production of a 90-minute feature documentary film analyzing the cultural and political meanings of the problem of nuclear waste.

A feature documentary that would join film to humanities scholarship in investigating the historical production of nuclear waste, the present character of communities living with that waste, and the combined efforts of sociologists, anthropologists, writers, and scientists to imagine how to guard this material into the 10,000-year future. Drawing on important work in environmental (land) history, ethics, and politics, as well as work on the cultural anthropology of the nuclear world, the film "Containment" examines how the Cold War transformed the American landscape, how nuclear waste compels us today--in lands across the United States and beyond--to examine our most basic views about the control and ethics of land use, and how 24,000-year half-life of plutonium pushed scientists and humanists into the Congressionally-demanded business of imagining a ten-thousand year human future in order to mark and isolate nuclear waste.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

America's Media Makers: Production Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$150,000 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2013 – 7/31/2015