The Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) Research Unit “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” presents

3.11 Memorialization:
3.11 as Trauma, Ritual and Representation Public Memory, Art and History

This workshop asks how have we recorded, documented and, in more general terms, represented the events of March 11, 2011 - not only as personal, individual, and distinctive moments, but as collective, shared, public, and even national memories. In what ways do these recollections represent trauma and loss, solace and survival, if they are used in this manner at all? Where are they positioned as narratives of heroic struggle and where do they reveal more venal irresponsibility? What are the historical and political points of reference that are invoked to situate these narratives? What becomes obscured or unavailable, and does this help us forget, or just prevent us from remembering? What of 3.11 is selected, and what are the criteria of selectivity, the operationalization of mnemonics? And how has this shifted over the past two years? One mistaken impression is that memorialization only occurs long past the events in question. In fact, immediately, even within days, we saw attempts to commemorate, document, and sort out experience and value through materials means. This is a timely conference, far enough removed from the day of 3.11 to allow us to see how these practices have begun to form ,to identify the events, issues and players as they have emerged and been managed by different groups, but close enough to allow us to see both the process of memory creation and deployment as it unfolds. In many ways, 3.11 has already escaped the grasp of personal memory, congealing as some form of public memory, although which “public” is not always clear. From this standpoint, two years removed, the shapes of 3.11 as history are becoming visible, even as the alternative or marginalized options are still recoverable.

Ethnographies of 3.11 Memorialization

Friday June 28th (1:00pm-5:30pm)
Sophia University, bldg. 10, room 301

Marilyn Ivy (Columbia) and Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis)

This panel examines the closely embedded practices, objects and symbols directly linked to the lived experience of disaster. Through extended participant observation and interview fieldwork, the authors of this panel introduce and analyze the ways which local, community and regional institutions create, transform and attempt to manage practices and rituals of mourning and memory.

Panel One

1. Isao Hayashi, National Museum of Ethnology
Materializing Memories

2. David H. Slater, Sophia University
Fixity and Circulation of Memory Objects: Family Photo Albums Lost in the Waves

3. Shuhei Kimura, University of Tsukuba
Memorizing Our Disaster: A Note on Commemorative Objects of the Tsunami


Panel Two

4. Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia and National Museum of Ethnology
Personal, Local and National Narratives of Reflection, Recollection, and Representation Surrounding Tohoku, Japan's 3.11 Disaster

5. Sébastien Penmellen Boret, Tohoku University
Memorials, Cemeteries and Social Reconstruction in Post-Tsunami Miyagi

Discussion (Ends at 17:30)

We regret to have to cancell the presentation by Ryo Morimoto on Reanimation of Trauma/Miracle as a Hope due to schedule conflict.

Art of 3.11 Memorialization

Monday, July 1st (1:00pm-5:00pm)
Sophia University, bldg. 10, room 301

Noriko Murai (Sophia) and Michio Hayashi (Sophia)

This panel examines the ways in which various mediums work to make some claim to “representing” the disaster. Self-consciously considered “art” in some way, these mediums make this claim by being removed from the immediate context of disaster. We ask how has disaster been captured and deployed in diverse contexts and examine the way in which 3.11 has been manufactured and re-represented to different aesthetic and political affects.

Panel One

1. Ellen Schattschneider, Brandeis University
Between Worlds: Spirit Mediumship and Memories of War in the Wake of the Triple Disaster

2. Asato Ikeda, Smithsonian
Historicizing Ikeda Manabu’s Recent Art Responding to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake


Panel Two

3. Adrian Favell, Sciences Po, Paris
Lieko Shiga's Rasen Kaigan: Memorials to a Dying Village Before and After the Tsunami

4. Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University
Catastrophic Photography: Enigmas of the Image after 3.11

5. Ryuji Miyamoto, Kobe Design University
Showing 3.11 TSUNAMI 2011

Discussion (Ends at 17:30)

Flyer (PDF) can be downloaded from HERE

This workshop is also supported by Toyota Foundation.