February 19, 14’30~15’30, IRIDeS Tour

Tour (English) International Research Institute of Disaster Science

The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, is organizing a open tour. Admission is free of charge, but you need to register. Everybody is welcome to join and learn about disaster research activities and 3D documentary film on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.


14:30Greetings from Prof. Makoto Okumura, Deputy Director

14:35IRIDeSTour guided by Assistant Prof. Natsuko Chubachi,

IRIDeSPublic Relations Office

15:003Ddocumentary The Great Tsunami in Japan: Reflecting on

the 2011 disaster(25 min.)


Please email, informing

your name, phone number and email address.

Deadline: February 16, 2016

Social Anthropological Approach to Death, Health and Disaster: Towards An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anthropology and Medical Science

Venue: 7th Disaster psychiatry and Neuroscience Seminar (2015/12/16)

Theme: Disaster and Mental Health

Location: School of Medicine, Tohoku University (Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture)

The School of Medicine of Tohoku University held its 7th Disaster Psychiatry and Neuroscience seminar. Led by Prof. Hiroaki Tomita (Disaster Medical Science Division), this seminar series introduces the latest research in the field post-traumatic stress and other mental illnesses relating to post-disaster conditions. While previous contributions came essentially from clinical psychiatrists, the 7th seminars of this series innovated by invited Dr. Sébastien Penmellen Boret, assistant professor in social anthropology. The aim of this seminar was to stimulate collaborative and interdisciplinary research between medical science, social anthropology and other disaster disciplines represented at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS).

During his presentation, Boret discussed the subject of a “Social Anthropological Approaches to Death, Health and Disaster: Towards Interdisciplinary Approach to Anthropology and Medical Science”. The first objective of his talk was to introduce his qualitative research among survivors and bereaved family of the Great East Japan Disaster in the Tohoku Region and Indonesia. In particular, Boret presented the merits of anthropological research methods through participant-observation, whereby the researcher becomes for a year or more part of the community he/she wishes to research and collect in-depth and qualitative information. The second part aims at identifying the areas where social anthropologists might benefit from medical knowledge and approaches. Here, Boret made particular reference to the need for a medico-social understanding of disaster induced emotional, behavioural and medical conditions, which he observed during his ethnographic fieldwork. The final Q&A session brought a lively discussion with the members of the medical school, which it is hoped will lead to more collaborative research and publications in the near future.

Social Anthropological Approach to Death, Health and Disaster



7th Disaster Psychiatry and Neuroscience Seminar


During this seminar, Sébastien will share his research background and perspectives, and discuss any potential interdisciplinary plans with disaster medical researchers.


Summary: Dr. Sébastien Penmellen Boret is assistant professor at theInternational Research Institute of Disaster Sciences of Tohoku University in Japan and co-leader of DATA Project (Digital Archives of Tsunamis in Ache), Tsunami Museum Aceh, Indonesia. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University and an MPhil from the University of Oxford. His research areas include death, memory, disaster and the environment with a focus on Japan and Indonesia.

■日時 2015年 12月16日(水) 14:00~14:50

■会場 医学部6号館 1階 カンファレンス室1

■講師 セバスチャン・ボレー先生

Dr. Sebastien Penmellen Boret

災害科学国際研究所 災害アーカイブ研究分野

Dept. of Disaster Digital Archive, IRIDeS

■演題 死、健康、災害への社会人類的アプローチ


Social Anthropological Approach to Death, Health and Disaster:

Towards Interdisciplinary Approach to Anthropology and Medical Science


東北大学災害科学国際研究所 災害精神医学分野



7st Disaster Psychiatry・Neuroscience Seminar


Responses of Religious Groups during the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Disaster – NEEDS conference, Copenhagen, Dec 9-11 2015

NEEDS – The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies

For the programme and information – click here 

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Alexander Hall, Bispetorv Annex, Bispetorvet 1-3, DK-1167 Copenhagen K


  • Theodore Steinberg, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Anthony Oliver-Smith, Prof. emer., University of Florida, USA
  • Allan Lavell, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Costa Rica
  • Richard Eiser, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Nabil Ahmed, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Anders Blok, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Füsun Türetken, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
  • Danilo Bilotta, The Italian Civil Protection Department, IT

The interdisciplinary research project Changing Disasters is happy to announce the first Northern European conference on emergency and disaster studies.

The accelerating frequency and magnitude of natural and manmade disasters has spawned the development of numerous disaster research centres, projects, and networks across the globe. Scientists, academics, humanitarians, engineers, and private companies are but a few of the actors to emerge over the past two decades, reflecting the truly interdisciplinary character of the expanded disaster field.

The NEEDS conference aims to explore the status quo of disaster research and management. The conference wishes to harness its broad, interdisciplinary expertise by gathering disaster researchers from academic institutions and practitioners from the disaster management community (European and beyond) to build networks and to discuss the most pressing issues in disaster research across the academic and practical disciplines.

For the programme and information – click here 

11. Religious Responses to Disasters
Secularization in the western world predicts that religion will disappear with development. Consequently, religiosity of disaster victims and survivors has largely been neglected. Religion sometimes inhibits efficient disaster response, but religion also promotes decisive resilience factors such as courage and community. Based on two anthropological and qualitative case studies from Japan and Thailand, this panel discusses how religion shapes interpretations and actions in the disaster aftermath.

Panel chair: Niels Henrik Gregersen

Panel organizer: Mikkel Gabriel Christoffersen

Panel presenters and titles

  • Monica Lindberg Falk: Religion in Post-Disaster Recovery 
  • Sébastien Penmellen Boret: Representations and responses of religious groups during the aftermath of the great east japan disaster: emergency response, grief and mental care

Project for the Victimes of TERRORISM IN FRANCE — Call for information

Projet pour les victimes françaises et étrangères de TERRORISM IN FRANCE: Demande d’informations (témoignages, entrevues, articles, photos, vidéos etc.) sur ce sujet uniquement — informations ci-dessous.

Project for the French and Foreign Victims of TERRORISM IN FRANCE: Call for information (testimonies, interviews, articles, photos, videos, etc) on that topic only — please read below.

フランスではテロでのフランス人と外国人の犠牲者の為のポロジェクット:情報のお願い (インタビュー, 記事等).

email links, photos, etc to

Après une catastrophe telle que les attentats de  Paris et maintenant de Nice, l’attention portée au corps des victimes et le soutient à leurs familles/amis et aux survivants est selon mes recherches primordiale — comme tout trauma et le temps de deuil, ces processus qui débutent « maintenant » et peuvent se prolonger sur des années ou pour toujours.
Afin d’améliorer la façon dont nos sociétés gèrent le processus de catastrophes de grande envergure, je me suis donné comme mission d’élaborer un projet de recherche sur le soutien des familles des victimes et l’attention portée aux corps des victimes des attaques de Paris. Si vous déteniez ce type d’information (médias, interviews, recherches, etc.), je vous serai très reconnaissant de me les faire parvenir.
Toutes mes pensées vont aux familles, aux amis des victimes, et aux survivants.

During the aftermath of a disaster such as the attacks on Nice and Paris, the attention to the ways in which we care for the bodies of the victims, their families/friends and the survivors is I believe essential — like all trauma and grieving times, this process starts now and may spread over many years, if not last forever.
In order improve the ways in which our society deal with mass fatality, I am putting together a research project on the support given to the families of the victims and the treatments of the body. If you have any relevant information including news report and analysis, I would be grateful if you could share this information with me.

All my thoughts for the families, friends and relations of the victims.

Mortality, Review on Japanese Tree Burial by Maclean

A new review of my first book just came out in the well respected journal, Mortality.

Maclean on Boret_Mortality

“There are passages in this work of great beauty and inspiration…

…Overall, this book was enlightening and the issues mentioned above could be easily corrected in the ebook edition. This research deserves to be more widely read.”

Hilda Maclean, University of Queensland, Australia

To cite this article:  Hilda Maclean (2015): Japanese tree burial: ecology, kinship and the culture of death, Mortality, DOI: 10.1080/13576275.2015.1098603

Published online: 11 Oct 2015.