N.A.J. Taylor
Project sponsors include the Killam Trust and the University of British Columbia, both in Canada.

Sponsors include both the Killam Trust and The University of British Columbia (2020-22), in Canada.
Civilian applications of nuclear technology commonly produce intermediate- and high-level radioactive waste that must be isolated from people and the biosphere for the next 100,000 or more years. To avoid intrusion there is a debate as to how, if at all, these sites should be “marked” with symbols, images and warnings to future beings. Never in human history has comparable information to the problem of nuclear harm been communicated to beings living so far—i.e. up to 30,000 generations—into the future.

Translating my prior theoretical investigations into the problem of nuclear harm at vast spatial and temporal scales, as well as recent practical experiences both facilitating intercultural dialogue and documenting atomic survivor community arts, my current project approaches the Australian nuclear fuel cycle as future cultural and environmental heritage. The project establishes international best practice in “marking” deep geological nuclear waste repositories so as to inform Australian policy and practice. At the same time, the project also interrogates the intuition that there is a distinctly Australian approach to nuclear heritage. 

Australia is a critical site for understanding nuclear heritage internationally because it is both home to the world’s oldest continuous cultures as well as one third of all known uranium.