EVENT: Roundtable: Sources of Disaster: New Epistemic Perspectives in Post-3.11 Japan

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Sources of Disaster: New Epistemic Perspectives in Post-3.11 Japan
A T​each311 + COVID-19 Collective Roundtable Discussion​

16 March 2021​ @ 8:30pm JST / 12:30 pm CET / 7:30 am EDT​ ​via​ ​Zoom 

How do or should the triple disasters of 2011 in Tōhoku Japan serve as a “lesson” for future generations? In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of March 11th, 2011, this roundtable panel discussion explores the entwined actions of teaching, research, and remembering the compound disaster: a magnitude 9 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant explosion. This virtual panel brings together researchers from history and anthropology to discuss key historical and contemporary sources that are proving critical for students (secondary school and higher) to study as they look back upon the disasters’ epistemic legacy. 

This panel includes feminist and religious studies perspectives alongside those from the historical and social studies of science and technology, and the environment, in order to recognize and appreciate the voices of persons whose lives in and around Japan have been informed by the triple disasters. The discussion will feature scholars whose research has been shaped by the Tōhoku disasters at different moments during their careers, including scholars who specialize in or model methodological teaching. We hope this roundtable discussion will help elevate historical empathy about the disasters and serve as an important step toward developing multi-perspective scholarship that respects the lived experiences of the disasters 

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  • Julia Mariko Jacoby (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg)
  • Juraku Kohta (Tokyo Denki University)
  • David Slater (Sophia University) & Anna Wiemann (Ludwig-Maximilians Universität Munich)
  • Levi McLaughlin (North Carolina State University)

With guest discussant Angela Marie Ortiz (Place to Grow, NPO)


Kristina Buhrman (Florida State University), Chelsea Szendi-Schieder (Aoyama Gakuin University), and Lisa Onaga (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science) 

Event duration: 105 min.

Registration and more details can be retrieved at https://sourcesofdisaster.peatix.com/ 


The​ Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective​ began in 2011 as a joint project of the ​Forum for the History of Science in Asia​ and the ​Society for the History of Technology Asia Network​ and is currently expanded in collaboration with the ​Max Planck Institute for the History of Science ​(​Artifacts, Action, Knowledge)​ and​ Nanyang Technological University-Singapore​. Members of the Collective include educators, researchers, artists, students, and survivors representing a wide range of countries, languages, and disciplines. Together, we focus on understanding disasters, past and unfolding, through communication and empathy. For more information, please visit ​www.teach311.org​.