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STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima  / East Japan Disaster
Inaugural Meeting @ UC Berkeley
11-14 May 2013

**We invite all readers-workshops and non-workshop participants alike–to comment on the manuscripts**

  • Choose one of the sessions below
  • To read the full manuscript, click on the [Read More..] icon at the end of the excerpt
  • You may post a comment at the end of each paper
  • You may also post a comment on an entire session by posting a comment at the bottom of the page dedicated to each session.

Some of the posted papersare also shorter versions (a precis or synopsis) of longer manuscripts, a link of which may appear at the start of the manuscript.


Synopsis of Past Gatherings

We encourage all workshop participants to review the following synopses of our past conversations:


Session 1: “The Disaster Itself: Victims, Investigations, Blame”

“Made in Japan” Fukushima Nuclear Accident: A Critical Review for Accident Investigation Activities in Japan
Kohta Juraku (Tokyo Denki University)

Investigating 3.11: Disaster and the Politics of Expert Inquiry
Scott Gabriel Knowles (Department of History and Politics, Drexel University)

“How resilient is Japan? “; Response and Recovery Lessons from the 2011 Tohoku Disasters
Norio Maki (Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University)

Fukushima, Shame, and the “Accidental” Public
Jen Schneider (Colorado School of Mines)

A Tale of Two Evacuations: Contrasted Patterns of Displacement following the Tohoku Tsunami and the Fukushima-Daiichi Accident
François Gemenne and Reiko Hasegawa (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations)

Variety of Gaps: The Case of the 3.11 Japanese Triple Disasters
Ryuma Shineha (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)

Session 2: “Institutional Perspectives: Governing, Preparing, Responding”

Call it A ’Wash’? Conundrums of Technological Modernization and Flood Amelioration in Early 20th Century Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Philip Brown (Department of History, Ohio State University)

Designing Collective Action to Build Community Resilience: The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, March 11, 2011
Louise K. Comfort (University of Pittsburgh) & Aya Okada (Doshisha University)

Resituating Radiation in Japanese Genetics Research
Lisa Onaga (Nanyang TU, Singapore)

Histories (and Futures?) of Nuclear Disaster Expertise
Sonja D. Schmid (Virginia Tech)

The Making of the Map, the Making of Risk
Charlotte Cabasse (Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées)

Session 3: “Radiation, Information, and Control”

Why Safecast Matters: A Case Study in Collective Risk Assessment
Yasuhito Abe (University of California)

Negotiating Nuclear Safety: Responses to the Fukushima Disaster by the U.S. Nuclear Community
William J. Kinsella (North Carolina State University)

Radiation Protection after 3.11: Conflicts of Interpretation and Challenges to Current Standards Based on the Experience of Nuclear Plant Workers
Paul Jobin (U Paris-Diderot, CEFC Taipei)

Privileged Science, Citizen Science, and Radiation in Japan and the US: Exposure, Outsourcing, Secrecy, and Un/Authorized Knowing
Sharon Traweek (University of California, Los Angeles)

Unwanted Intimacies: Technostruggle and Radioactive Embodiment after 3.11
Kath Weston (Department of Anthropology, University of Virginia)

New Expert Eyes Over Fukushima: Open Source Responses to the Nuclear Crisis in Japan
Luis Felipe Rosado Murillo (UCLA)

Session 4 (part a & b): “When Disasters End”

New Data and Analysis on Recovery in Towns, Villages, and Cities in the Tohoku Region
Daniel P. Aldrich (Purdue)

Mobilizing Nuclear Bias: The Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and the Politics of Uncertainty
Kyle Cleveland (Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan)

Safe and trustworthy? Food safety after Fukushima
Nicolas Sternsdorff Cisterna (Harvard University)

Disaster Scripting in India’s Nuclear Energy Landscape
Monamie Bhadra (Arizona State University)

Repurposing Place Online: Japan’s Push for Foreign Tourists after 3/11
Laura Beltz Imaoka (Department of Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine)

Community-Driven and Clustering Housing Recovery after Devastating Disaster A Case Study on Hurricane Katrina and Great East Japan Earthquake
Tamiyo Kondo (Graduate School on Engineering, Kobe University)

Crossing the Streams: Locals, Experts & Knowledges in Tōhoku’s Participatory Recovery Planning
Tyson Vaughan (Dept. of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University)

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