Dr Jana Wattenberg


Module Coordinator


Jana is currently working on three research projects:

Ideas that Stand in the Way of Nuclear Disarmament: This project turns to ideas about nuclear weapons and disarmament to explain why the constant work of the global nuclear disarmament complex has failed to free the world of nuclear weapons. Ideas, such as the idea that nuclear disarmament has to be a long-term goal, commit actors to continue discussing global nuclear zero, while postponing nuclear arms reductions into the distant future. The project traces to evolution of ideas about nuclear weapons and disarmament and shows how these ideas guides actors’ thinking towards pursuing incremental nuclear disarmament efforts. These take place within the confines of a hierarchically structured nuclear order which allows selective legitimate nuclear weapon ownership.

Nuclear Stigmatization (in cooperation with Dr. Jan Ruzicka): This project examines a range of stigmatization practices that have been unfolding in the context of the Humanitarian Initiative (HI) and the movement behind the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). 

Women and the Bomb: This project analyses the multiple roles that women have played in the nuclear weapons field and studies the political impact of gender dimensions of nuclear discourses.