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Fukushima Forum–A Google Group Listserv

The main, ongoing online forum for the STS Forum on Fukushima is the Fukushima Forum Google Group. You can go directly to the link to view current and archived messages. Please join this listserv in order to join the conversation (post to the Forum), and to receive messages in your email inbox. We hope to hear from you!

In addition, we will be organizing occasional Virtual Conferences, modeled after the first 3.11 Virtual Conference held on 11 March 2011. Our current and upcoming events are posted below, while past events are listed at the end. To the extent permitted by our authors, all manuscripts and comments will be permanently archived at this site. (Occasionally authors will have to ask that we remove a manuscript to meet publisher requirements.)

Forthcoming Virtual Conferences


Past (Archived) Virtual Conferences



18-23 September 2012

For the workshop

Historical and Contemporary Studies of Disasters: Placing Chernobyl, 9/11, Katrina, Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima and Other Events in Historical and Comparative Perspective

SHOT 2012 Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Sunday, 7 October 2012
Co-Sponsored by the SHOT Prometheans (Engineering) SIG, SHOT Asia Network, and Teach 3.11

Preliminary program posted here
Follow this link to view and comment on the manuscripts

So we would like to announce another “Virtual Conference,” modeled after the 3.11 Virtual Conference that was held last Spring. This virtual conference is based on providing a public comment/discussion period for the pre-circulated papers associated with the co-sponsored workshop listed above. The manuscripts have already been posted online, and are already open to public comment, but we would like to encourage everyone, including the authors, to comment on the manuscripts during the announced open comment period (18-23 September 2012) so that everyone benefits from a more “live” exchange.

For registered workshop participants, this discussion will then continue in Copenhagen as we bring together and analyze the various insights, arguments, and evidence presented in both the papers and online comments.

Please join us during the stated comment period for this discussion!

– Atsushi On behalf of the entire program committee




3.11 Virtual Conference: Looking back to look forward
11-12 March 2012
Begins 11 March, 8:00 a.m., Japan Standard Time (6:00 p.m., March 10, EST)

(Follow the above link to view full manuscripts and comments)


Nuclear nomads: A look at the subcontracted heroes
Gabrielle Hecht University of Michigan

Making a case for disaster science and technology studies
Kim Fortun ( Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Scott Frickel ( Washington State University

Death, the Japanese tsunami, and historical memory*
Charles B. Strozier John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

Teach 3/11: participatory educational project puts the Kanto Tōhoku disaster into historical context
Lisa Onaga UCLA (With contributions by Kristina Buhrman, Christian Dimmer, Chihyung Jeon, Honghong Tinn, and Tyson Vaughan; published in September 2011 issue of East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal.)

Spaces of uncertainty in the food supply after Fukushima
Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna Harvard University

Kizuna: Examining the bonds of risk, tragedy, disaster and recovery in Japan
Christopher P. Hood Cardiff Japanese Studies Centre, Cardiff University

Notes from the debris field: “recovery” from Kobe, through New Orleans, to Tohoku
Tyson Vaughan Cornell University

Analyzing the Fukushima nuclear crisis via uses of social media: a short essay
Yasuhito Abe University of Southern California

Investigating 3.11: Disaster and the politics of expert inquiry
Scott Gabriel Knowles, Drexel University

Fukushima Victimization 2.0
Dr. Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Institute/Hiroshima City University

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