U.N. websites say that 33 people died from the 1986 Chernobyl catastrophe and 6,000 children got cancer. Is that the extent of the damage? Working through newly disclosed Soviet health archives, historian Kate Brown discovered that Soviet doctors reported a public health disaster in the Chernobyl-contaminated territories in the late 1980s. The archives shows a death toll of not 35, but 35,000 and tens of thousands hospitalized after the disaster. What happened to this story? In this keynote address, delivered in relation to the final conference to mark the conclusion of the research project “Atomic Heritage Goes Critical,” Prof. Brown explores international archives to show how evidence of widespread health problems from Chernobyl exposures disappeared from the scientific consensus.
With the participation of Prof. Melanie Arndt, University of Freiburg, Germany, and Prof. Anna Storm, Linköping University, Sweden.
Organised by the research project "Atomic Heritage Goes Critical," Linköping University (Sweden), in partnership with Kingston University London (UK) and Pompeu Fabra University (Spain).
Co-hosted by: Lithuanian National Art Gallery and This Is Tomorrow.