How universalization enabled institutionalization of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remembrance in the UN – at the expense of impact

20160412_185046‘I am here to bear witness to the truth about the horrifying effect of nuclear weapons. None of you have ever in reality seen the destruction of the world or the annihilation of mankind. We from Nagasaki have seen it with our own eyes.’ – Nagasaki mayor Motoshima at the UN General Assembly Hall, 30 June 1982.

My project seeks to investigate how local officials from Hiroshima and Nagasaki have promoted remembrance of the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the United Nations up until today.

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