A workshop organized by Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture
Project Unit “3/11 as Crisis and Opportunity

Teaching 3.11

Issues, Materials, Pedagogy and Research

June 29, 2012 (Friday)
Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus Library Building, level 9, room 921

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Go to "Teaching 3.11 Syllabi" page where you can now download individual syllabus rather than downloading them as a collection. (Nov. 7, 2012)

More than a year after the triple disaster of March 2011, we have assembled some of the most active and insightful scholars and activists working on 3.11 from a range of disciplines and perspectives to offer their responses to the questions:
What should we be teaching about 3.11?
How can we teach it effectively?

For this workshop, each presenter has selected the most relevant materials on 3.11 from their areas and contextualized them in a full syllabus. We organized presenters into thematic panels to collectively identify key issues and resources, to share pedagogical approaches and anticipate the sorts of research that these syllabi can generate.

We will also introduce the use of different databases of 3.11 materials, including the following: http://www.japanfocus.org/japans-3.11-earthquake-tsunami-atomic-meltdown

Bios of participants page one
Bios of participants page two

Workshop Schedule

10:00 Welcome Remarks
David Slater (Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University, Director: Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture)

Panel I: Society, Politics and Protest
Rieko Kage (U. of Tokyo) Introduction to Japanese Society and Politics
Robert Pekkanen (U. of Washington) Civil Society in Japan
Satsuki Takahashi (Princeton U.) Recipes for Disaster: Cultures of Calamity in East Asia and Beyond
Koichi Hasegawa (Touhoku U.) Anti-Nuclear Movements in Japan: Before and After the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Dr. Hasegawa’s appearance was cancelled.
Love Kindstrand (Sophia U.) Battlefield Tokyo: Space, ritual and the right to the city

Panel II: Science, Energy and Mobilization
Daniel Aldrich (Purdue U.) The 3/11 Disaster from Historical, Comparative, and Social-Science Perspectives
Habu Junko (U.C. Berkeley) Anthropology of Japan: Environment, Energy, and Contemporary Japanese Society
Tao Yoichi (Kougakuin U.) 東日本大震災の復興に向けて ――福島県飯舘村での地域再生の試み / Towards the Recovery of the East Japan Disasters - An attempt at regenerating the land of Iitate village, Fukushima
Sharon Traweek (UCLA) Downwind: Disaster Futures, Sciences, Governmentalities, Villages, Subjectivities, and Memory Practices

13:00-14:15: Lunch break

Panel III: Community, Rebuilding and Communication
Shinji Yamashita (U. of Tokyo) 災害の公共人類学─東日本大震災を中心に / Public Anthropology of Disaster - Focusing on the Great Disaster of East Japan
Kimura Shuhei (Fuji Tokoha U.) 社会人類学特論/災害人類学 / Advanced Anthropology/Anthropology of Disaster
Liz Maly (Disaster Reduction and human Rennovation Institution) Thinking about Post-Disaster Housing Recovery after the 3.11 Earthquake and Tsunami
Todd Holden (Touhoku U.) Mediating the Unforeseen: Cases and Cultures of Communication during Crisis

Panel IV: Overviews and Crowd-sourcing
Dai Nomiya (Sophia U.) 3.11学 / 3.11 Studies
Ed Fowler (UC Irvine) Japanese Literature: Advanced Texts (Focusing on the East Japan Disaster / 東日本大震災を中心に)
David Slater (Sophia U.) Student-generated Narratives

Panel V: Introducing and utilizing databases
Lisa Onaga (UCLA) Teach 3.11
Ted Bestor (Harvard U.) Digital Archive
Andrew Gordon (Harvard U.) Digital Archive

17:30 Close

If you have any questions, please contact David Slater (d-slater@sophia.ac.jp)

This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Japan Foundation.


-Roundtable Session at Asian Studies Conference Japan (at Rikkyo University) on June 30, 2012 (Saturday)

3.11: Issues, Materials, Teaching and Researh (Click to move to ASCJ webpage)
This is a roundtable devoted to discussing, sharing and extending the results of our June 29th Workshop.
The events from 3.11 have generated a huge and growing amount of valuable (and a lot of less than valuable) scholarship, often bewildering in its scope and diversity. The goals of this roundtable is to identify the key issues, resources and curricular materials that we all could use to teach the next generation of young scholars about the disasters.