IHPST Colloquium-Winter 2024-First talk

When and Where

Wednesday, January 31, 2024 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Victoria College
91 Charles Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7


Tong Lam




Hybrid event

You are cordially invited to attend the Winter 2024 Colloquium series of the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, organized by Professor Chen-Pang Yeang. The IHPST Colloquium Series comprises a set of talks given by researchers on their recent or cumulative work related to the history and philosophy of science. It is one of the IHPST's major scholarly activities.

The first talk we will host this semester (January 31) is entitled "Strange Love Is in the Air" by Professor Tong Lam from the Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga


From uranium extraction to enrichment, from nuclear bomb design to testing, atomic closed cities were pivotal to China’s participation in the nuclear arms race during the Cold War. Remarkably, in all these restricted cities, love stories appear to be inseparable from the history of nuclear weapons development. By analyzing selected love tales drawn from oral interviews, fictions, and propaganda screenplays, this talk explores how these atomic cities, as national nuclear sacrifice zones, are affective infrastructures that shaped China’s national nuclear consciousness.

Please note that this is a hybrid event. You are welcome to attend in person at Victoria College (91 Charles Street) Room VC304 or join via Zoom. To get the link please e-mail IHPST.info@utoronto.ca

Save the date for our next session: February 28

Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Victoria College, 91 Charles Street West, Room VC115


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