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Davidi Orsini

Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology & History

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Science, Technology & Society Program
    • Society for the History of Technology
  • Fields of Study
    • Post WWII Italy/US Military Bases/Nuclear Power/Cold War Technopolitics/ Actor Network Theory
  • About

    I study the relationships between Cold War technopolitics, nuclear risk perceptions, and environmental politics in Western Europe. My dissertation project is a historical ethnography of public perceptions of risk around a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine base operating in the Archipelago of La Maddalena (between Corsica and Sardinia) between 1972 and 2008. In particular I focus on how variegated disciplinary approaches within the field of radioecology shaped risk assessment among experts and influenced the way in which aspects of nuclear risk became visible and other remained invisible to the inhabitants of La Maddalena. Through archival documentation, oral interviews, and ethnographic observation my project investigates how nuclearity shaped the heterogeneous techno-political assemblages that instantiated the difficult compromise between cold war military security and nuclear safety.

  • Education
    • PhD Candidate, Anthropology & History, Science, Technology & Society, University of Michigan
    • Certificate in Parliamentary Studies "S. Tosi," University of Florence
    • MSC European and Comparative Politics, University of Sienna, Italy
    • BA Political Science, University of Sienna, Italy