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Final Program

STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima  / East Japan Disaster
Inaugural Meeting @ UC Berkeley 11-14 May 2013
(v. 2.74)

23 papers (3 co-authored papers; 1 co-author attending)
+ 3 plenary + 1 public (keynote) lecture
34 participants (including 4 additional non-presenting participants)

DAY 0                                                                                                                             11 May (Saturday)

1900
Informal Reception
Register, hotel rooms

DAY 1                                                                                                                               12 May (Sunday)

830
WELCOME / INTRODUCTIONS
Akera, Carson, Fortun, Matsumoto
Self-Introductions

845
PLENARY I.  DISASTER STS
What Kind of Disaster STS Should We Seek to Build?
Featured Speaker—Scott Frickel (Washington State University)

(open discussion)

930
PLENARY II.  STRUCTURAL DISASTER
The Security of ‘Villages,’ the Disaster of Society: The Path Dependent Origin of ‘Structural Disaster’
Featured Speaker—Miwao Matsumoto (University of Tokyo)
Drs. Juraku and Shineha will be filling in for Dr. Matsumoto as a consequence of a family emergency

(open discussion)

1015 (Break)

1030
PANEL—EMPIRICAL
“Speed introductions format” (5 slides – 5 minutes each)
(Ryuma Shineha, Scott Knowles, Tyson Vaughn, Paul Jobin, Yasuhito Abe, Kim Fortun)
Empirical contributions by others with data on the East Japan Disaster

(once around, as a “second” self-introduction)

1200
LUNCH

1300

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 (Drexel University)

“How resilient is Japan?“: Response and Recovery Lessons from the 2011 Tohoku Disasters
Norio Maki (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 and Mikihito Tanaka (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies)

 

1415 (Break)

1445

 

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 (Ohio State University)

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

 

1600

CONCEPTUAL SESSION I
Understanding the Nuclear
(open discussion + reflective writing)

1700 (Break)

1800/1900
PUBLIC LECTURE
Nuclear Energy Policy in the Post-Fukushima Accident Era: A Need for a Paradigm Shift
Keynote Address—Tatsujiro Suzuki
220 Stephens Hall (reception in 470 Stephens Hall)

(reception at 1800, talk begins @ 1900)

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DAY 2                                                                                                                            13 May (Monday)

Meet in Building 15, behind the Guest House for the morning session,
8:30-10:00am. Workshop returns to the conference room adjoining the LBNL
Cafeteria after 10am.

830

Reflective Writing

900

PLENARY III.  DISASTER TIME: 3.11
The Temporal Dimensions of Disaster
Featured Speaker—Kim Fortun (Rensselaer)

(open discussion)

1000 (Break)

1015

Session 3: “Radiation, Information, and Control”

 

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

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


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 U.S.: 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 (University of Virginia)

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

 

1145

LUNCH

1300

Session 4a: “When
Disasters End (Part I)”

 

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 (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)

(open discussion)

1430 (Break)

1445

Session 4b: “When Disasters End (Part II)”

Repurposing Place Online: Japan’s Push for Foreign Tourists after 3/11
Laura Beltz Imaoka (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 (Kobe University)

Crossing the Streams: Locals, Experts & Knowledges in Tōhoku’s Participatory Recovery Planning
Tyson Vaughan (Cornell University) – (Connecting remotely from Japan)

(continued discussion)

1600-1700
CONCEPTUAL SESSION II
National Cultures and the Challenges of Comparative Study

(open discussion + reflective writing)

1700 – end of day 2

(Trip to into San Francisco, depart at 1730)

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DAY3                                                                                                                                       14 May (Tuesday)

900
PLENARY IV.  CLOSING REFLECTIONS AND NEXT STEPS
– research agendas
– publication strategies
– future meetings

(structured discussion + reflective writing exercises)

1030 Box Lunches available for all participants

1100-1300
CORE GROUP MEETING (by invitation (or volunteer!))
– next steps
– publications committee(s)
– future events organization

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