Dr Nari Shelekpayev has been a postdoctoral research fellow with the Nuclear Knowledges program since November 2018. Within the ERC funded project NUCLEAR on ‘governing nuclear weapons choices’, he will focus on the intellectual history of categories used to make sense of nuclear realities and possibilities in Russian and Chinese in the post-Cold War context. He specializes in the intellectual history, comparative history of empires in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Soviet and post-Soviet history. He was the 2018 Albert Einstein Fellow and scholar-in-residence of the Einstein Summer House at the Einstein Forum and Daimler & Benz Foundation in Potsdam, Germany. Previously, he was Visiting Research Fellow at Free University in Berlin (2016-2017), Scholar-in-Residence at the Canadian Center for Architecture (2015), and Associate Doctoral Fellow at the IRTG ‘Diversity,’ formed by Université de Montréal in Canada and Universities of Trier and Saarbrucken in Germany (2016-2019). Nari has taught at Université de Montréal (2016), Università di Roma La Sapienza (2018), and Eurasian University in Astana (2015-2016).