Researchers at the Hiroshima Peace Institute

 


Name: JACOBS, Robert
Title: Associate Professor
Date of Birth: January 21, 1960
Specialization: Global History and Culture of Nuclear Weapons and Warfare, Nuclear Technopolitics, Global Cold War, Hibakusha Studies, War and Peace Studies, Military Colonialism, American Exceptionalism
Place of Birth: Miami, Florida, USA
Email:
jacobs@peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp

 

Education

1993 B.A. (Independently designed), University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, USA
1995 M.A. (History), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
2004 Ph.D. (History), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

 

Professional Career

1994-1995 Instructor: Introduction to Modern American History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1995-1998 Research Assistant: Superconducting Super Collider Group, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Oct. 2005-

Dec. 2009

Assistant Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
Jan. 2010- Associate Professor, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University
2010- Graduate Faculty of International Studies: Hiroshima City University

  

Publications


Books

The Dragon's Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 2010).

Edited Books

Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010).

Co-Edited Books

Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media, with Urs Heftrich, Bettina Kaibach and Karoline Thaidigsmann (Köln: Böhlau, 2013) forthcoming.

Translation of Books

Dragon Tail: Kaku no Anzenshinwa to America no Taishubunka (Tokyo: Gaifusha, 2013).


Chapters in Books

  • “Fukushima and the Shifting Conventions of Documentary—from Mainstream Broadcast to Social Media Netizenship,” with Mick Broderick, in, Judith Pernin and Camille Deprez, eds., Defining Independent Documentaries? Case Studies in the Post-1990 Context (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2013) forthcoming.
  • “Domesticating Hiroshima: American Depictions of the Victims of the Hiroshima Bombings in the Early Cold War,” in Urs Heftrich, Bettina Kaibach, Robert Jacobs and Karoline Thaidigsmann, eds., Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media (Köln: Böhlau, 2013) forthcoming.
  • “Boys Wonder: Male Teenage Assistants in 1950s Sci-Fi Serials and Cold War Masculinity,” in Cynthia J. Miller and Bowdoin Van Riper, eds., 1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men (New York: Palgrave-McMillan, 2012) 53-66.
  • "The Manhattan Project and the American Narrative of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," Hiroshima and Peace (Hiroshima: Keisuisha Publishing, 2010), pp. 29-40.
  • "Nuclear Culture in Cold War America: Events and Impacts," Hiroshima and Peace (Hiroshima: Keisuisha Publishing, 2010), pp. 83-94.
  • "Dodging Dystopia: The Role of Nuclear Narratives in Averting Global Thermonuclear Warfare," in Antony Adolf, ed., Nonkilling History: Shaping Policy with Lessons from the Past (Honolulu: The Center for Global Nonviolence, 2010), pp. 219-236.
  • "Target Earth: The Origins of the Image of the Whole Earth in the Ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," in Robert Jacobs, ed., Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010), pp. 187-205.

 

Refereed Journal Articles

  • “Virtual Communities and Radioactive Facts: Spontaneous Community Formation Around Radiation Readings in the Wake of the Fukushima Meltdowns,” New Media, Global Activism and Politics Vol. 20, No. 3 (August 2014) forthcoming.
  • “Nuclear Conquistadors: Military Colonialism in the Selection of  Nuclear Test Site Locations in the Early Cold War,” Asian Journal of Peace-building Vol. 1, Issue 2 (forthcoming 2013).
  • “Radiation as a Cultural Talisman: Nuclear Weapon Testing and American Popular Culture in the Early Cold War,” The Culture and Conflict Review 6:2 (Summer 2012): http://nps.edu/programs/ccs/webjournal/Article.aspx?ArticleID=115.
  • “Nuke York, New York: Nuclear Holocaust in the American Imagination from Hiroshima to 9/11,” The Asia - Pacific Journal Vol. 10, Issue 11 No. 6 (March 12, 2012): http://japanfocus.org/-Mick-Broderick/3726.
  • “Whole Earth of No Earth: The Origin of the Whole Earth Icon in the Ashes of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” The Asia - Pacific Journal Volume 9, Issue 13 No. 5 (March 2011): http://japanfocus.org/-Robert-Jacobs/3505.
  • "The Psychological Bomb: The Relationship of the American Social Scientists to Nuclear Weapons in the Early Cold War," Peace and Change 35:3 (July 2010), pp. 434-463.
  • "Atomic Kid: Duck and Cover and Atomic Alert Teach American Children How to Survive Atomic Attack," Film and History 40:1 Visions of Science and Technology in Film Special Issue (Spring 2010), pp. 25-44.
  • "Reconstructing the Perpetrator's Soul By Reconstructing the Victim's Body: The Portrayal of the 'Hiroshima Maidens' by the Mainstream American Media," Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific 24 (June 2010): http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue24/jacobs.htm
  • "'There Are No Civilians, We Are All At War': Nuclear War Shelter and Survival Narratives During the Early Cold War," The Journal of American Culture 30:4 (December 2007), pp. 401-416.
  • "Good Bomb/Bad Bomb: Talking About Atomic Tests in Nevada," Interdisciplinary Humanities 24:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 65-82.
  • "Strategic Fallout: Dirty and Clean Weapons in the Cold War," Thematica 2, Illinois, U.S.A., 1995, pp. 25-56.


Non-Refereed Publications

  • “Perspective Essay: Atomic Bomb / Energy as Destructive Force,” Pop Culture Schools Database (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2013.
  • “Managing Public Perceptions of Fukushima: First Emergency Response of the Nuclear Complex,” DiaNuke (March 10, 2013): http://www.dianuke.org/managing-public-perceptions-of-fukushima-first-emergency-response-of-the-nuclear-complex/ 
  • Calin Georgescu with an introduction by Mick Broderick and Robert Jacobs, "United Nations Report Reveals the Ongoing Legacy of Nuclear Colonialism in the Marshall Islands," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10 Issue 47, No. 1 (November 19, 2012): http://japanfocus.org/-Robert-Jacobs/3853
  • “Fukushima Victimization 2.0,” DiaNuke (March 11, 2012): http://www.dianuke.org/fukushima-victimization-2-0/
  • “The Atomic Bomb and Hiroshima on the Silver Screen: Two New Documentaries,” The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 42 No 3 (October 17, 2011): http://japanfocus.org/-Robert-Jacobs/3619
  • “Social Fallout: Marginalization After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdowns,” The Asia-Pacific Journal Vol 9, Issue 28 No 4 (July 11, 2011): http://japanfocus.org/-Robert-Jacobs/3562
  • “The Global Hibakusha Project,” Hiroshima Research News 14:1 Hiroshima Peace Institute (July 2011) 4-5: http://www.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp/modules/peace_e/content0166.html
  • “From Event to Aftermath: The Growing Awareness of the Radioactive Impact,” DiaNuke (July 19, 2011) http://www.dianuke.org/event-to-aftermath-fukushima-robert-jacob/
    "Perspective Essay: Atomic Bomb / Energy as Destructive Force," in Pop Culture Schools Database (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "Backyard Bomb Shelters," in Alfred J. Andrea, ed., World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 21 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "Destruction vs. The Peaceful Atom," in Alfred J. Andrea, ed., World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 21 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "Anti-Nuclear Weaponry Protests," in Alfred J. Andrea, ed., World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 21 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "No-Nukes Protests," in Alfred J. Andrea, ed., World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 21 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "Your Child's Teeth Contain Strontium-90," in Alfred J. Andrea, ed., World History Encyclopedia, Vol. 21 (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio), forthcoming 2011.
  • "24 Hours After Hiroshima: National Geographic Channel Takes Up the Bomb," in The Asia-Pacific Journal, 47-2-10, November 22, 2010: http://japanfocus.org/-Robert-Jacobs/3446
  • "Hiroshima," in Ray Hutchinson, ed., Encyclopedia of Urban Studies, (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications), 2009, pp. 357-8.
  • "President-elect Obama and US Nuclear Policy," in The Chugoku Shimbun Newspaper, November 9, 2008, p. 4.
  • "The Origins of the Image of the Whole Earth in the Hiroshima Bombing," in Hiroshima Research News 11:3 Hiroshima Peace Institute, March 2009, p. 6.
  • "The Origins of the Dirty Bomb: The U.S. Military and Radiological Weapons," in Hiroshima Research News, Vol.10, No.3, Hiroshima Peace Institute, March 2008, p. 6.
  • "Facing the Future in Iraq By Facing the Past," in Hiroshima Research News Vol.8 No.3, Hiroshima Peace Institute, March 2006, p. 3.

 

Conference Papers

  • “The Global Hibakusha Project,” presented to the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Manchester, United Kingdom, July 2013.
  • “Networking Pacific Hibakusha: Connecting Radiation Affected Communities Cross-generationally Through New Social Media,” presented to the Pacific History Association Conference at Wellington, New Zealand, December 2012.
  • “Finding America Hidden Behind Hiroshima,” presented to the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2012.
  • “Nuclear Zenith: 1962 at the Apex of Nuclear Colonialism,” presented to the 1962, A World Conference, Oren, Algeria, October 2012.
  • “Networking Hibakusha: Connecting Radiation Affected Communities Cross-generationally Through Cultural Exchange and Media,” presented to the Semipalatinsk Test Site: Radiation Legacy and Development Prospects Conference, Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, September 2012.
  • “The Big Apple and the Giant Mushroom: Depictions of a Nuclear Attack on New York City, 1945 - 2012,” presented to the International Committee for the History of Technology Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 2012.
  • “Ignoring a Research Cohort: American Atomic Soldiers and Radiation Exposure,” presented to the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference in Cleveland, OH, November 2011.
  • “Radioactive Fallout--Eraser of National Boundaries: How Fallout from Nuclear Testing (and Imagined Nuclear War) Shaped Awareness of the Global Ecosystem,” presented to the “Legacies of the Cold War” Conference at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research in Hamburg, Germany, August 2011.
  • “Domesticating Hiroshima in America: From Military Target to Childlike Victims in Need of Help, American Depictions of the Victims of the Hiroshima Bombings in the Early Cold War,” presented to the “Images of Rupture Between Civilization East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media” Conference at Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany, May 2011.
  • “Irradiated Zombie Soldiers: Strategic Options for American Battle Commanders Whose Troops Have Been Exposed to Lethal Radiation,” presented to the War and Peace / Probing the Boundaries Conference in Warsaw, Poland, May 2011
  • “Atomic Pawns: Preparing American Troops for the Nuclear War in the 1950s,” presented to the joint Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, April 2011.
  • "Architectures of Annihilation: The Logic of Building 'Japanese Houses' at the Nevada Test Site," presented to the Cold War Cultures Conference at the University of Texas, Austin, TX, September 2010.
  • "Nuclear Doomsday and the Origins of the Whole Earth," presented to the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference at Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan, August 2010.
  • "Neighbors As Enemies: Narratives of Community Violence in Fallout Shelters and During Nuclear War in Early Cold War America," presented to the Nordic Association of American Studies Conference at the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 2009.
  • "Target Earth: Cartoon Images of Globalism in the Ashes of Hiroshima," presented to the British Association of American Studies Conference at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, April 2009.
  • "Atomic Familiars: Animal Guides to the Radioactive Landscape in Early Cold War America," presented to the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia Conference, Western Australia School of Mines, Kalgoorlie, Australia, December 2008.
  • "Reconstructing the Perpetrator's Soul By Reconstructing the Victim's Body: The Hiroshima Maidens in the American Mind," presented to the Interrogating Trauma: Arts & Media Responses to Collective Suffering Conference, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, December 2008.
  • "Alone in the Flash: Duck and Cover and Atomic Alert," presented to the Film and History Conference, Chicago, IL, October 2008.
  • "Curing the Bomb: Social Scientists Analyze the Roots of Human Violence After Hiroshima," presented at the International Society for Universal Dialogue's Seventh World Congress in Hiroshima, Japan, June 2007.
  • "Radiation As a Cultural Talisman in Cold War Popular Culture," presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Joint National Conference, Boston, MA, April 2007.
  • "Good Bomb/Bad Bomb: American Nuclear Narratives During the Atmospheric Testing Era," presented at the International Committee for the History of Technology Conference, Leicester, United Kingdom, August 2006.
  • "Narratives of Survival Under Atomic Attack," presented at the Southwest Popular Culture Association Conference, Albuquerque, NM, February 2006.
  • "Sharing the Horizon with the Atomic Bomb," presented at the History of Science Society Conference, San Diego, CA, November 1997.
  • "The Atomic Egg: Nuclear Tests and the Radioactive Generation of Monsters and Aliens in Fifties Sci-Fi," presented at the Atomic Age Opens Conference, Bowling Green, OH, July 1995.
  • "The Atomic Café as Activist Art and Politics," presented at the Atomic Age Opens Conference at Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, July 1995.
  • "Genetic Fallout: Geneticists and the AEC," presented at the Mephistos Conference on Science Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, April 1995.


Invited and Public Lectures

  • “Nuclear Culture: How it Shaped the United States in the Early Cold War,” presented at Seoul National University, September 3, 2013, Seoul, South Korea
  • “The History and Effects of Nuclear Weapon Testing on Communities Near to Nuclear Test and Nuclear Weapon Production Sites Around the World,” presented at the International Catalan Institute for Peace, July 11, 2013, Barcelona, Spain
  • “The Inheritance of Trauma: Radiation Exposed Communities Around the World,” presented at Temple University of Japan, July 2, 2013, Tokyo, Japan
  • “American Nuclear Discourse: Narratives and Counter-narratives,” presented to Glocal Studies Institute at Seijo University, June 29, 2013, Tokyo, Japan
  • “Understanding the Bomb in the US, 1945-46: Nuclear Weapons Create a New World,” presented to the inaugural Hiroshima Peace Institute Nuclear Studies Working Group, June 27, 2013, Hiroshima, Japan
  • “Hiroshima, Hibakusha, Fukushima,” presented at Temple University Japan, March 28, 2012, Tokyo, Japan
  • “Antinuclear Activism of the Women in Fukushima,” presented to the Women and Nuclear Power - the Effects, the Reactions and the Politics seminar, New Delhi, India March 11, 2012, via Skype
  • “Nuclear Weapons, Hibakusha and Fukushima,” presented to the Deakin St. Forum, Berkeley, CA USA, February 18, 2012: http://youtu.be/PszEiGoAkCE
  • “Environmental, Social, and Economic Consequences of the Fukushima Disaster,” presented to the One Year After Fukushima: Present Challenges and the Energy Future of Kazakhstan,” Astana, Kazakhstan, October 2012, via Skype
  • “The Manhattan Project, the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Subsequent Development of Nuclear Weapons,” presented to the Peace Seminar at Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Hiroshima, Japan, August 2012
  • “Social Mobilization in Japan After Fukushima,” presented to the Coalition for Nuclear Peace and Disarmament, New Delhi, India, July 2012
  • “A Report on the Global Hibakusha Project,” presented to the Hiroshima Peace Film Festival, Hiroshima, Japan, November 2011
  • “Radiation Effected Communities Around the World,” presented to DePaul University, Chicago, IL, October 2011
  • “Radioactive Exposures from Atmospheric Nuclear Testing to Fukushima,” present to De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, October 2011
  • “Relocating Hiroshima to America: Images of Nuclear Attacks on New York City,” presented to Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, September 2011
  • "US Nuclear Testing in the Pacific in Global Perspective," presented to the Nuclear Institute of the College of the Marshall Islands, Majuro, Marshall Islands, January 2011.
  • "Project Ichiban: Completing the ABCC Dose Reconstruction at the Nevada Test Site," presented as an invited speaker at Tokyo Institute of Technology, January 2011.
  • "American Nuclear Weapons," presented to the Peace Seminar at Hiroshima Jogakuin University in Hiroshima, Japan, August 2010.
  • "Americans and Nuclear Weapons at a Time of Declining Empire," presented as a panelist at the International Symposium, "What Should We do to Advance Nuclear Abolition?: Reflections on the 2010 NPT Review Conference," at the Hiroshima Peace Museum, Hiroshima, Japan, July 2010.
  • "Atomic Films: Documentaries and Propaganda Films of the 1950s," presented as part of the Hiroshima Peace Film Festival, Hiroshima Peace Museum, Japan, November 2009.
  • "The US Presidential Election and Nuclear Policy in Historical Perspective," presented during the Hiroshima Peace Institute Tenth Lecture Series for the Citizens of Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan, November 2008.
  • "Atomic Bombs in America," presented to the Peace Seminar at Hiroshima Jogakuin University, Hiroshima, Japan, August 2008.
  • "Survival in Ten Easy Graphics: An Iconographic Analysis of Civil Defense Pamphlet Art," presented to the Faculty in Art at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, December 2007.
  • "Lessons From Hiroshima," presented to the Japan-America Student Conference, Aster Plaza, Hiroshima, Japan, August 2007.
  • "American Hibakusha," presented to the Rotary Peace Forum, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, October 2006.
  • "What Do Americans Think About the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Why," presented to a Hiroshima Peace Institute Research Forum, Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima, Japan, September 2006.
  • "Nuclear War Movies and Survivors in American Culture," presented during the Hiroshima Peace Institute Fifth Lecture Series for the Citizens of Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan, June 2006.
  • "The Alchemical Narrative: Nuclear Weapons and Social Transformation," presented to the Cold War Science and Technology Colloquium at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburg, PA, February 2000.

 

Exhibitions

Nuke York, New York: co-curator: http://www.nukeyorknewyork.com 

 -Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York, November 2012

 -Hartell Gallery of Cornell University, September 2011

 

Research Projects

  • Project Coordinator: “Global Hibakusha: A Cross Cultural Study to Establish Links Between Hibakusha Communities at Nuclear Test Sites Throughout the World,” Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Kaken-hi) Grant, 2011-2013.
  • Project Coordinator: “Global Hibakusha: A Cross Cultural Study to Establish Links Between Hibakusha Communities at Nuclear Test Sites Throughout the World,” Hiroshima City University Special Academic Peace Research Grants, 2010-2012.
  • Project Coordinator: “The Use of Information Gathered at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission to Design Plans for Radiological Warfare and for Troop Participation in Nuclear Tests in the United States,” Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Kaken-hi) Grant, 2008-2010.
  • Project Member: “Comparative Study of American and Japanese Narratives of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki,” Hiroshima City University President Designated Research Project, 2008-2010.
  • Project Coordinator: “Filling the Hole in the Future: Art and Popular Culture in Response to the Atom Bomb,” Hiroshima Peace Institute Research Project, 2005-2008.
  • Project Member: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board Grant for Study of the Superconducting Super Collider, 1995 - 1998.

 

Media Interviews

 

Distinctions and Grants

  • 2012 Hiroshima City University List of University Professors with Significant Accomplishments
  • 2011 Hiroshima City University, Inaugural List of University Professors with Significant Accomplishments
  • 2008-2010 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Kaken-hi Grant for the Study of the Use of Information Gathered at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission to Design Plans for Radiological Warfare and for Troop Participation in Nuclear Tests in the United States
  • 2008-2011 Hiroshima City University President Designated Research Grant for the Comparative Study of American and Japanese Narratives of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
  • 1995-1998 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Research Board Grant for study of the Superconducting Super Collider
  • 1994-1995 University of Illinois list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students
  • 1991 University of Minnesota Buchta Merit Award

 
Community Positions

  • 2013- present  Panel Writer, Writing Committee of the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Museum
  • 2012 - present  Executive Editor, Asian Journal of Peacebuilding
  • 2012 - present Project Member, Nuclear Futures Project
  • 2012 Peer Reviewer, Oxbow Press
  • 2011 - present Associate, Asia-Pacific Journal
  • 2010 Academic Advisor, Hibakusha: Our Life to Live (a film by David Rothauser)
  • 2009 – present Nonkilling History Research Committee, Center for Global Nonkilling
  • 2009 - present Project Member, Imagine Peace! Zurich University for the Arts
  • 2009-present Peer Reviewer, University of Massachusette Press
  • 2008-present Board Member, Hiroshima Peace Film Festival
  • 2006-present Editorial Board Member, H-Peace Listserv, H-NET
  • 2006-present Book Review Editor, H-Peace Listserv, H-NET
  • 2006-present Speakers Bureau, Historians Against the War
  • 2006-present Core Faculty Member, Hiroshima and Peace Summer Intensive, Hiroshima City University
  • 2008 Peer Reviewer, Hiroshima Journal of International Studies
  • 2007 Advisor, Japan America Student Conference

 

Professional Memberships

  • American Culture Association
  • American Historical Association
  • Japanese American Studies Society
  • Peace History Society
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Society for the History of Technology
  • Society for Social Studies of Science
  • International Big History Association