Research note : Racism, colonialism and transnational solidarity in feminist anti-nuclear activism

Eschle, Catherine (2020) Research note : Racism, colonialism and transnational solidarity in feminist anti-nuclear activism. DEP: Deportate, Esuli, Profughe, 41-42. pp. 64-78. ISSN 1824-4483

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    Abstract

    This short article introduces my research into the ways in which racialised and colonial hierarchies have been reproduced and/or contested within white-dominated, western, feminist anti-nuclear activism during the Cold War – particularly in efforts to forge relations of solidarity with activists in the global south. After establishing why this topic should be investigated, the article briefly reviews relevant literature that could structure such an investigation before introducing the British-based network that is the basis of my research project, Women working for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (WWNFIP). I offer a preliminary discussion of the network’s newsletter archive, focusing on representations of the identities of both British participants and the Pacific women whose struggles they sought to support. Once completed, this research will offer a fuller picture of Cold War-era western feminist anti-nuclear activism as well as being of wider significance for contemporary debates about decolonising solidarity in peace and feminist movements.