Panels, Workshops & Events at STS-related Gatherings
(4S/HSS/SHOT/AAA/ICHOTEC/JSSTS/EASTS/PSA and other workshops held at STS related locations & venues)
Past events are listed below. The major events for 2013 are still TBA. Please send me a description and/or call for papers for any major event scheduled to take place at 4S, HSS, SHOT, and other “sts-related” conferences (email@example.com).
We encourage the readers of this site to announce other relevant conferences, symposia, and events of interest to our community using the “comment” feature at the end of this post. (Please reserve comments on this page to event announcements.)
Workshop @ 2012 SHOT Annual Meeting
(7 October 2012, Copenhagen)
CALL FOR PAPERS
A Forum on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
and Other Disasters in Comparative Perspective
Co-Sponsored by the
SHOT Prometheans (Engineering) SIG / SHOT Asia Network / Teach 3.11
and held during the
Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting
Sunday, 7 October 2012
Following the 2011 Cleveland SHOT/HSS/4S co-located meeting, a number of concerned scholars began the work of creating an open and sustained interdisciplinary forum for conversations about the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Dai Shinsai) and tsunami of March 11, 2011. This forum seeks to facilitate an examination of how disasters in historical and comparative perspective can help us to better understand and draw lessons from this disaster. Our hope is to help create a productive place for dialogue that integrates Japanese and non-Japanese perspectives while also balancing academic studies with eventual opportunities for outreach and policy engagement.
As participants in this project, the SHOT Prometheans, SHOT Asian Network, and Teach 3.11 (a project of the Forum for the History of Science in Asia) would like to organize a physical meeting of this forum during the Sunday morning* special-interest-group (SIG) time slot at the SHOT annual meeting in Copenhagen. (*This event may be 1/2 day or full day depending on the level of interest.) This meeting, offered in an interactive workshop format, will be directed primarily towards historical studies pertaining to Fukushima and the Higashi Nihon Dai Shinsai, and historical studies of other disasters that may help interpret and shed light on the events in Japan. Specifically, we are interested in papers that address:
- The historical origins of the disaster in Japan, including, but not limited to the history of Japanese nuclear engineering, civil engineering, nuclear policy, energy policy, seismology, risk reduction, disaster mitigation and recovery.
- Historical studies of other disasters, ranging from the most obvious comparisons, such as Chernobyl or the Kanto Dai Shinsai (1923 Great Kantō earthquake); to more remote accidents and natural events that speak to some aspect of either the origins or responses to the disaster in Japan.
- Historical studies of relevant Japanese institutions, including Japanese ministries, state authority, and the strong corporatist traditions that may have contributed to the event.
- The cultural, political, or economic dimensions of nuclear energy in Japan, and elsewhere as a point of comparison.
- Any study, not necessarily historical, focusing on the social and cultural dimensions of responses to disasters.
- Other relevant topics including especially conversations in Japan that are not visible on the international scene.
The workshop format will consist of pre-circulated papers (1000-1800 words in length) and prepared responses, open discussions around predetermined themes, and written responses and reflections submitted after the workshop. Members of the Prometheans, SHOT Asia Network, and Teach 3.11 will serve as the program committee for this event, and will work organize the papers received into coherent sessions. Works-in-progress, and submissions by graduate students as well as senior scholars, from any nation, are actively encouraged.
We ask those who are interested to signal your interest by sending us an email, with proposed title, preferably before March 17th so that we can make an initial determination as to the level of interest; the applications process will be open until June 1st, by which point we will need a firm commitment and a 300-word abstract from all participants. Pre-circulated papers will be due September 1st. Those interested in also presenting their material during the main SHOT conference are encouraged to do so. Please indicate to us that you wish to do so, so that we can organize a SIG sponsored session. Those seeking to do so should send us a full abstract along with SHOT’s normal 1-page biographical sketches (condensed CVs) by March 24th. The deadline for SHOT submissions is March 31st.
Please send emails signaling your interest with a proposed title of your paper to Atsushi Akera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4S Meeting 2012 (October 17-20, Copenhagen)
A synopsis of these sessions can be found here.
Session I: 3.11 and the Structures of Risk: Experts, Politics, and Social Vulnerability
Gabrielle Hecht, email@example.com; University of Michigan (Chair/Discussant)
Experts’ Responsibility on 3.11
Yuko Fujigaki, firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Tokyo
Investigating 3.11: Fukushima and the Politics of Expert Inquiry
Scott Knowles, email@example.com; Drexel University
The “Structural Disaster” behind Success or Failure
Miwao Matsumoto, firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Tokyo
Vulnerability and Inequality: A Case Study of the 3.11 Disaster
Ryuma Shineha, email@example.com; Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Session II: Discourses of Disaster: Communication, Science, and Democracy in Post-3.11 Japan
Atsushi Akera, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Chair/Discussant)
Politics of Risk Discourse on the Nuclear Disaster: Risk Communication and Beyond
Hideyuki Hirakawa, email@example.com; Osaka University
Effective Nuclear Regulation: Design, Displacement, and Democratic Discourse
William J Kinsella, firstname.lastname@example.org; North Carolina State University
Tudor B. Ionescu, email@example.com; University of Stuttgart
Reality Marginalized: How Have Science and “Science” Used in Discourse about Low Dose Radiation Exposure?
Masashi Shirabe, firstname.lastname@example.org; Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
What Can a Nuclear Disaster Prove about Nuclear Energy?: Nuclear Scientists and Robustness of Nuclear Discourse in Post 3.11 Japan
Kenji Ito, email@example.com; Graduate University for Advanced Studies
Session III: Social Dynamics and Structures around Nuclear Technology: Pre- and Post-Fukushima Stories
Miwao Matsumoto, firstname.lastname@example.org; University of Tokyo (Chair/Discussant)
Failure of the Japanese “Successful” Nuclear Program: Structural Problems Revealed by the Fukushima Nuclear Accident
Kohta Juraku, email@example.com; University of Tokyo
The Fukushima Insight: How Disaster Changes Knowledge Production in Global Nuclear Energy
Sulfikar Amir, firstname.lastname@example.org; Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
Did Fukushima Mark the End of the “Nuclear Renaissance”? Analysis of Media Debates in Finland, France, and the UK
Markku Lehtonen, M.Lehtonen@sussex.ac.uk; University of Sussex
Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Role of Local Governments in Japan: Post-Fukushima Reflections
Shin-Etsu Sugawara, email@example.com; University of Tokyo
The Challenge of “Safe Levels” of Radiation after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Paul Etienne Marin JOBIN, firstname.lastname@example.org; CEFC Taipei & University of Paris Diderot
Session IV: Citizen-Science: The 3.11 Disasters and Non-Experts in Action
Kohta Juraku, email@example.com; University of Tokyo (Chair/Discussant)
Citizen Science and Credibility: Fukushima and Citizen Participation in Global Scientific Response
Ashley Rose Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org; North Carolina State University
Activities of Concerned Scientists and Engineers of Japan after the Fukushima Accident
Kotaro Kuroda, email@example.com; Meijo University
Functions of Twitter after 3.11 Disaster: Deliberative Tool or Echo Chamber Apparatus?
Mikihito Tanaka, firstname.lastname@example.org; Waseda University
The Nuclear Accident in Fukushima and Popular Views on Science in Japan
Toshinori Yamaki, email@example.com; Tokyo Institute of Technology / Fukushima Prefectural Tamura High School
3.11 Virtual Confernce:
Looking Back to Look Forward
11-12 March 2012
An archived record of our original 3.11 Virtual Conference can also be found at this link.
As noted above, we encourage the readers of this site to announce other relevant conferences, symposia, and events of interest to our community using the “comment” feature at the end of this post. (Please reserve comments on this page to event announcements.)