Upcoming Events

Thu Mar 22, 2018

The Half-Life of Bureaucratic Objectivity


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

"The Half-Life of Bureaucratic Objectivity"

Professor Anna Weichselbraun, Stanford University


Nuclear safeguards inspectors at the International Atomic Energy Agency verify state compliance with the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. The authority of their verification practices is constantly at risk of being undermined by the technopolitics of nuclear things. Inspectors rely on bureaucratic objectivity to keep the political distinct from the technical, a widespread concern for technocratic governance in the international liberal order. When special inspections reveal Iraq’s secret nuclear weapons program in the 1990s, the IAEA’s established practices are called into question. In the aftermath of this event, bureaucrats at the IAEA attempt to maintain the authority of bureaucratic reason while attempting to make the inspections regime more robust. The way that inspectors respond to changes in safeguards methodology, reveals the tenacious grip that bureaucratic objectivity has on the ways that knowledge is produced at the IAEA.…

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Sat May 19, 2018

Fri Nov 9, 2018

Majors Night Anthropology Table


Location: South Dining Hall

We welcome you to visit with Anthropology Faculty, Anthropology Club Officers and Anthropology Majors. We welcome your questions on the anthropology major or minor, courses, careers and any other opportunities you would like to explore. All are welcome!…

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