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Fellow 2023/2024Anaïs Maurer

Fellowship Term: 01/2024 – 07/2024

Anaïs is an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2018. Prior to that, she earned an M.A. from Paris-Sorbonne University and Tulane University and a B.A. from Preparatory School St. Sernin in Toulouse, France. She also holds a Baccalaureate from Paul Gauguin High School in Pape’ete, French Polynesia.

In addition to her role at Rutgers University, she is an Affiliate Faculty at the K=1 Project in the Center for Nuclear Studies at Columbia University and previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Colby College.

She has a forthcoming book titled “Pacific Post-Apocalypse: Stories from Nuclear Survivors and Climate Activists,” which will be published by Duke University Press in 2024.

Drawing of an Angel by Albrecht Durer

 Some of her selected journal articles include:

  • “Bonded by the Bomb: Asian-Oceanian Alliances against French Nuclear Colonialism” in the special issue of Critical Ethnic Studies titled “Center-to-Center Relationalities: At the Nexus of Pacific Islands Studies and Trans-Pacific Studies.”
  • “Pacific Women Antinuclear Poetry: Centering Indigenous Knowledges” in the special issue of International Affairs titled “Feminist Interrogations of Global Nuclear Politics,” co-authored with Rebecca H. Hogue.
  • “Snaring the Nuclear Sun: Decolonial Ecologies in Titaua Peu’s Mutismes: E ’ore te vāvā” in The Contemporary Pacific.
  • “Océanitude: repenser le tribalisme occidental au prisme des nationalismes océaniens” in Francosphères.
  • “Nukes and Nudes: Counter-Hegemonic Identities in the Nuclearized Pacific” in French Studies.

Her research focuses on topics related to nuclear studies, post-apocalyptic narratives, climate activism, decolonization, and indigenous knowledges in the context of the Pacific region.

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Bonded by the Bomb: Asian-Oceanian Alliances under the Nuclear Apocalypse

In Pacific nuclear colonies, governmental officials have long attempted to recruit Asian settlers as allies to support their imperialist agenda. The American, British, and French governments thus pressured the Japanese, Indian, and Chinese diasporas to support their nuclear testing programs, claiming that Asian settlers could only thrive in Oceania by opposing Indigenous’ people’s movement for decolonization and denuclearization. This research project seeks to complicate this narrative, and to challenge the trope, omnipresent in Asia-Pacific studies, that Asian settlers’ primary goal has been to secure upward mobility at the expense of Indigenous people’s land dispossession. I argue that Oceanian and Asian activists have built their most productive coalitions in the aftermath of nuclear apocalypses, indiscriminately destroying people’s land and bodies. Antinuclear movements centering Indigenous epistemologies have welcomed Asian allies, and irradiated Asian settlers have found more common grounds with Indigenous antinuclear activists than with nuclear colonizers. Analyzing Japanese and Marshallese alliances against American bombs, Indian and Fijian opposition to the British testing program, and Hakka Chinese and Tahitian solidarity against French nuclear tests, I map out these multiracial yet Indigenous-centered networks of resistance. Drawing from different histories of oppression and different forms of attachment to the land, Indigenous activists and Asian settlers have a long history of working together to recreate nurturing relationships out of nuclear ruins.