Archiving and Memorializing Disasters International Workshop 災害教訓の伝承~アーカイブとメモリアルの役割とは~

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I am organising a public event with Prof Akihiro Shibayama (IRIDeS, Tohoku University) at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction March 14-18, Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). A few anthropologists including Susann Baez UllbergSusanna Hoffman, David Slater (Sophia Uni), Ryo Morimoto (Brandeis Uni) and myself will be presenting on issues of social memory and their possible contribution to the reduction of disaster prevention.

Date: March 16, 5’30-8pm.

Place: Tohoku University, North Campus, C206


Large-scale disasters such as the Great East Japan Disaster causing incommensurable and unrecoverable losses also provided important information and critical knowledge for Disaster Risk Reduction. We particularly feel that the wealth of data recorded by universities, disaster institutes and societies as a whole must serve to improve local and international policy in order to reduce the impact of future natural hazards. To this effect, the International Research Institute of Disaster Sciences (IRIDeS) with the support of its international network has been organizing yearly international symposiums on the topic of disaster archives since January 2012. Building on the momentum of the WCRRD, we would like to expend this endeavor to issues of disaster memorialization. As we understand it, memorialization includes any tangible and intangible acts of remembrance, such as private and public ceremonies, secular and religious memorial monuments and sites, and also story telling and formal disaster education. Considering the natural and social dimension of disasters, the session would also like to build a bridge between natural and social scientists, and between academic scholars and professional, to tackle both practice and theory. We believe that archives and memorialization form the necessary basis for any society to prepare for and protect itself and its vulnerable populations from future disasters.


17’30~17’40 Opening Address

17’40~17’55 Digital Archives of Japan’s 2011 Disasters

Ted Bestor and Andrew Gordon Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, USA

17’55~18’10 Digital Archive of Tsunamis in Aceh (DATA)

Muzailin Afan, Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia

18’10~18’25 Voices from Tohoku: Memorialising through Video Archives of Disaster Japan

David Slater (paper co-authored with Maja Veselic), Institute of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, Japan.

18’25~18’35 Break

18’35~18’50 Urban flooding and landscapes of memory

Susann Baez Ullberg, National Defense College, Sweden

18’50~19’05, Archiving and Memorialising Disasters Through Expressive Culture: Art, Story, Song, and Legend

Susanna Hoffman, Hoffman Disaster Consulting, USA

19’ 05~19’20 Mainstreaming Memorialisation in Disaster Risk Reduction

Sébastien P. Boret, IRIDeS, Tohoku University, Japan

19’20~19’35 Atoms for Memory: Some challenges for Archiving and Memorializing the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster.

Ryo Morimoto, Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University, USA

19’35~19’55 Discussion

19’55~20’00 Closing remarks

If you can take part in the seminar physically, please feel to post comments, suggestions or drop me to contribute to the discussion.

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