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Fathoming chemical weapons in the Gotland Deep
University of Sydney, Australia; National Vet Institute, Sweden.
University of Sydney, Australia; National Vet Institute, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Cultural Geographies, ISSN 1474-4740, E-ISSN 1477-0881, Vol. 24, no 4, 631-638 p.Article in journal, Editorial material (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

At the end of World War II, tens of thousands of tons of chemical warfare agents - mostly mustard gas - were dumped in the Gotland Deep - a deep basin in the middle of the otherwise shallow Baltic Sea. Decades later, these weapons are being reactivated - both literally (perhaps on the faces of dead seals, and in fishermens nets) and also in our imaginations. In this story that recounts the beginning of our research into this situation, militarization meets with environmental concern: the past floats into the present, where humans and non-humans are equally implicated, where the sea itself conditions the kinds of questions we can ask, and answers we might get, and where terms like threat and risk remain undecided. After spending time on Gotland Island - the closest terrestrial site to these weapons dumps - we ask what kinds of research methods might be adequate to these tangled, underwater tales that we find so difficult to fathom.

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SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD , 2017. Vol. 24, no 4, 631-638 p.
Keyword [en]
Baltic Sea; chemical weapons; environmental pollution; methodology; militarization; more-than-human; mustard gas; water
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142430DOI: 10.1177/1474474017719069ISI: 000412818400009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-142430DiVA: diva2:1153675
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Funding Agencies|The Seed Box: A MISTRA-FORMAS Environmental Humanities Collaboratory; Australian Academy of Humanities; University of Sydney Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Grants; University of Sydney School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry Incubator Grants

Available from: 2017-10-31 Created: 2017-10-31 Last updated: 2017-10-31

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