Events / Évènements / イベント

Lessons learned from Japan’s 2011 Earthquake

Tohoku University, August 26-29 2013

Beyond technologies and their humanitarian applications, this conference raised awareness and stimulated comparative projects between Japan, India and Australia. It confirmed also that Japan’s capacity to record the sequences during and after the tsunami provide a unique date-base for those striving to improve our knowledge and management of catastrophes.

The IEEE’s vision is “Advancing Technology for Humanity”. The goal of modern human society is to create a worldwide community in which health, safety and justice are guaranteed. We should provide all IEEE members with an opportunity to equally participate in achieving our common goal through technical innovation. We have a responsibility to show how our technology can create a better quality of worldwide human life. Today’s key technologies are energy, IT, robotics and bio- and nanotechnology. I know that IEEE has played a significant role in the advancement of these technologies. The IEEE should be continuously involved in exploring new engineering disciplines, which contribute to the benefit of humanity.

Ethnographies of 3.11 Memorialization (Japan)
Sophia University, Tokyo, Yotsuya Campus Bldg. 10, room 301
FRIDAY, June 28 (1pm): Organizer: David Slater

This panel examines the closely embedded practices, objects and symbols 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.

Marilyn Ivy (Columbia) and Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis)

1. Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia and National Ethnological Museum
Personal, Local and National Narratives of Reflection, Recollection, and Representation Surrounding Tohoku, Japan’s 311 Disaster

2. Ryo Morimoto, Brandeis University and Sophia University
Reanimation of Trauma/Miracle as a Hope: The Case of the Miracle Lone Pine Tree of Rikuzentakata

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

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

5. Isao Hayashi, National Museum of Ethnology
Materializing Memories

Discussion (4pm)


Beyond Reconstruction: Social Recovery in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Society

The fourth biannual ICAIOS conference will be held on June 9-10, 2013 at the cam-pus of Malikussaleh University (UNIMAL) in the City of Lhokseumawe, North Aceh, Indonesia. The conference will be organized in cooperation with the research project under “Inter-University Partnerships for Strengthening Health Systems in Indo-nesia: Building New Capacity for Mental Health Care” of Harvard University.

While the third conference looked at vibrant dynamics of consolidation and transforma-tion processes in post-disaster and post-conflict regions, this fourth conference will ex-plore the dynamics beyond reconstruction by examining “Social Recovery” in broad terms. Unlike physical reconstruction, social recovery takes longer time to shape after a disaster or a conflict. ICAIOS invites abstract(s) submissions and panel proposals to present quality papers from original research that addresses the psycho-socio-cultural dynamics of recovery following major disasters or conflicts.


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