3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Person in charge: David H. Slater (FLA, Anthropology and Japanese Studies)

3.11_6Participating members:
1.Watanabe Tak (FLA: SS)
2.Murai Noriko (FLA: CC)
3. Ito Tekeshi (FLA: SS)
4. Nomiya Dai (International Relations)
5. Saruya Hiroe (Sociology)
6. Robin O’Day (Anthropology)
7. Okada Hanako (FLA:CC)

Unit Members:
Within the academic community, this wide range of issues has often been narrowly addressed, often too narrowly to encompass the complexity of causes and effects of this disaster. This research unit is designed as a site to bring together scholars and activists from across the academic disciplinary spectrum as well as those who have been active outside of academia narrowly conceived. Each of our members are active in relief efforts and have each published (or are in press) scholarship on the topic already.

Goals and Purposes:
The events that have become known as 3.11 (earthquake, tsunami and radiation) have presented us with possible fundamental shifts in the ways we approach a number of different but related issues: from emergency response to mobilization of relief efforts to community rebuilding (and new building); from media wars to the rise of social media that presents new ways to represent and communicate disaster, help and relief; from political ineptitude to deception to policy that points to issue of crisis management, to the formation of social movements that have seen the largest protests in Honshu since Ampo; from governmental and NPO efforts to find new ways to work together to stimulate a Tohoku region drained of economic and human resources. We are only now at a point in time to evaluate the efforts, effects and possibilities for Tohoku and Japan, and to begin the “post-crisis” understanding of 3.11

2016-2017

Events

2015-2016:

Events

Panel Discussion: Journeys Along the Atomic Highway: History, Politics, Performance and Memoir (April 20, 2015)
Report from Nepal: A Field Report and Response Plan from Disaster in Nepal by Habitat for Humanity Japan (May 15, 2015)
Film Screening and Discussion: "Nuclear Nation 2" with the director Atsushi Funahashi (June 26, 2015)
ICC Special Event: "The Nepal Earthquake" Drawing attention to remote areas of Dolakha through ethnographic film, A Life with Slate and a report from the Director, Dipesh Kharel(July 7,2015)
Panel Discussion: A panel discussion on sustainability: Rethinking Sustainability after 3.11 (July 17, 2015)
Lecture: Measuring for What: Networked Citizen Science Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident (July 24, 2015)
Lecture: What has Karoshi got to do with Fukushima disaster? (November 11, 2015)
"Youth Activism in Post-War Japan" workshop Series ①: ANPO Revisited (November 14, 2015)
"Youth Activism in Post-War Japan" workshop Series ②: Sunflowers and Umbrellas―The Rise of Youth Activism in Taiwan and Hong Kong (December 5, 2015)
Film Screening and discussion: Documentary film "Tell the Prime Minister" followed by a discussion session with the director, Oguma Eiji (January 15, 2016)

Activities:

Expanded the Voices from Tohoku (tohokukaranokoe.org), currently, more than 500 hours making it the largest archive of first person voices on 3.11. Also improved its data base functionality

Opened new website: Voices of Protest Japan (voicesofprotestjapan.org), with 4 subprojects and more than 10,000 hits in a short period of time

To disseminate information from last year’s Voices of Tohoku and more recently, Voices of Protest Japan, David Slater (invited under full funding) gave talks at Tohoku University, Harvard University, Chikyuken (Kyoto), Association of Asian Studies Conference Japan (Tokyo), University of Paris, Leiden University, and JAWS conference in Istanbul.

Hosted outside university programs at Georgetown and UC Berkeley

Selected Publications

i. “Archives as a Public Anthropology: 3.11 and Beyond,” Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology
ii. “Voices from Tohoku: Public Anthropology and Media Form,” Magazine Five (5): Design, Media and Social Communication, University of Tokyo, Inaugural Issue (2014), p. 28-41
iii. “Youth Protest,” co-authored with Robin O’Day, Japan Focus
iv. "Protest Cultures and Social Media” in Hjorth, Routledge Companion of Media in Asia

2014-2015:

Events

Film Screening: Buddhism after the Tsunami-The Souls of Zen 3/11 Japan Special (June 20, 2014)
Lecture and discussion: Freeter and Precariat (July 19, 2014)
Lecture: Nuclear Projects in India: State, People and Protests (July 21, 2014)
Lecture: Maps of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster (July 23, 2014)
Film Screening and discussion: Nuclear Nation (July 25, 2014)
Film Screening and discussion: Stories from Tohoku (November 21, 2014)
Lecture: Pacifying souls, soothing hearts―Buddhist care for the dead and the living in post-disaster Tohoku (December 10, 2014)

Activities

Expanded the Voices from Tohoku (tohokukaranokoe.org)

Disseminating findings and information from last year’s research David Slater (invited under full funding) gave talks at United National (Sendai), Association of Applied Anthropology (Philadelphia), Tohoku University, International Association of Sociologists (Chiba), Kedanren (経団連)、Columbia University、Harvard University, Japan Foundation (England), British Counsel (London), Chikyuken (Kyoto), Association of Asian Studies Conference Japan (Tokyo), UC Berkeley, and International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (Tokyo).

Selected Publications

i. Archives as a Public Anthropology: 3.11 and Beyond, Japanese Association of Cultural Anthropology, under review
ii. MICRO-POLITICS OF RADIATION: Young Mothers Looking for a Voice in Post–3.11 Fukushima” co-written with Rika Morioka and Haruka Danzuka, Critical Asian Studies
iii. Voices from Tohoku: Public Anthropology and Media Form,” Magazine Five (5): Design
iv. Media and Social Communication, University of Tokyo, Inaugural Issue (2014), p. 28-41
v. Special Fukushima Issue, 46 3 (2014), p. 449-508David H. Slater, Japan Copes With Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, co-edited with Tom Gill and Brigitte Steger. Peter Lang Press, London

2013-2014:

Symposium on 3.11 Memorialization :June 28 and July 1, 2013

June 28, 2013: Ethnography panel
July 1, 2013: Art Panel

Lecture Series on 3.11

Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923 (June 26, 2013)

Co-hosted International Symposium with University of Auckland:

Japanese Responses to Social Crisis and Disaster 1995 and 2011.”

Selected Publications

・David H. Slater, Japan Copes With Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, co-edited with Tom Gill and Brigitte Steger. Peter Lang Press, London
・David H. Slater, 東日本大震災の人類学: 津波、原発事故と被災者たちの「その後」co-edited with Tom Gill and Brigitte Steger, Jinbun Shoin, Tokyo.

To disseminate information from last year’s Teaching 3.11 database
a. Invited talks: David Slater was invited under full funding to give talks at Harvard, Yale, Wisconsin, ANU, Auckland, Ateneo, Zurich U., Tohoku U. and Hitotsubashi.
b. Closed workshop meetings in an effort to popularize our database of 3.11 teaching bibliography, we hosted Harvard University research team to review material and approaches for their work in Minami Sanriku.
c. Closed workshop with authors of Alternative Politics. This book project is active but due to the withdrawal of two papers, we have had to rethink the focus and author list.
d. ASCJ paper presentation: “Tohoku Voices” on the panel “Resilience after 3/11 – An Evaluation of Post-disaster Recovery”
e. IUAES (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences) panel on the role of public anthropology in disaster.

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2012-2013:

Roundtable Session at Asian Studies Conference Japan (at Rikkyo University) on June 30, 2012 (Saturday)
1:15pm-3:15pm

3.11: Issues, Materials, Teaching and Researh
(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.

Workshop on June 29, 2012 (Friday)

Download the compiled syllabus presented at this event! (as of August 2012)

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

Teaching 3.11: Issues, Materials, Pedagogy and Research Schedule

Lecture Series on 3.11

FUKUSHIMA COLOURS--Voices of Sustainability after March 11th, 2011 (April 13, 2012)

This Machine Kills Nuclear Power Plants: The Music of Resistance in Post-Fukushima Japan (April 27, 2012)

Assessing the Place of Religion in Recent Japanese Disaster Responses (June 5, 2012)

Polyvocality of Cherry Blossoms from Yamato-Damashii to Fukushima: Communicative Opacity in Political Spaces (June 15, 2012)

Post-3.11 and the Arts of Catastrophe (November 27, 2012)