Upcoming Seminars & Events
Science and Global Security Seminar Series - Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Maria Rost Rublee will talk about "The Psychology of Atomic Resistance"
Seminars will be held at 12:30 p.m., normally on Wednesdays during the academic year, at 221 Nassau Street (located at J2 on the campus map) in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. You are welcome to bring your lunch. There is no need to rsvp.
Civil society groups dedicate enormous effort, foundations pour in millions of dollars, and individuals devote their lives to achieve nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament. This talk is based on a research project that asks, does any of it make any difference? The project investigates how and to what extent norm entrepreneurs (advocates who seek to sell their normative judgments so they are incorporated into policy) can produce shifts in how states, elites, and the public conceive of security and success when it comes to nuclear weapons. A particular focus is the specific strategies and tactics that anti-nuclear activists use. Using a psychological framework, the talk will discuss the "best practices" of anti-nuclear groups in their attempts to redefine the value of nuclear weapons in today¹s international system.
Maria Rost Rublee is a senior lecturer (associate professor) at the School of Social Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. Her work uses social constructivism and social psychology to understand how material and normative factors interact to shape elite and civil society conceptions of security. Her book, Nonproliferation Norms: Why States Choose Nuclear Restraint (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2009), received the Alexander George Book Award for best book in political psychology, awarded by the International Society for Political Psychology.She has published articles in numerous international journals, including International Studies Review, Comparative Political Studies, and the Nonproliferation Review. Rublee earned her Ph.D. in political science from the George Washington University in 2004.
Biosecurity Seminar Series
No Biosecurity seminars are scheduled for this semester. Lists of past seminars may be found here.