“3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity”

The Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture (ICC) 
Research Unit “3.11 as Crisis and Opportunity” presents 
two afternoons of panel papers and discussion around the theme of 
3.11 Memorialization

FRIDAY, June 28th: Ethnographies of 3.11 Memorialization 
MONDAY, July 1st: Art  and 3.11 Memorialization

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus Bldg. 10, room 301
Papers in English; no prior registration necessary

Please contact David H. Slater with any questions 

For full program see the ICC homepage http://icc.fla.sophia.ac.jp/


Ethnographies of 3.11 Memorialization 
Friday June 28th  (1pm-5pm
Sophia University, bldg. 10, room 301 

Marilyn Ivy (Columbia) and Ellen Schattschneider (Brandeis)

This panel examines the closely embedded practices, objects and symbols linked to the lived experience of disaster. Through extended participant observation and interview fieldwork, the authors of this panel introduce and analyze the ways which local, community and regional institutions create, transform and attempt to manage practices and rituals of mourning and memory. 

Panel One: 1pm

1. Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia and National Ethnological Museum
Personal, Local and National Narratives of Reflection, Recollection, and Representation Surrounding Tohoku, Japan’s 311 Disaster 

2. Ryo Morimoto, Brandeis University and Sophia University 
Reanimation of Trauma/Miracle as a Hope: The Case of the Miracle Lone Pine Tree of Rikuzentakata


Panel Two (2:30)

3. Shuhei Kimura, University of Tsukuba
Memorizing Our Disaster: A Note on Commemorative Objects of the Tsunami 

4. Sébastien Penmellen Boret, Tohoku University 
Memorials, Cemeteries and Social Reconstruction in Post-Tsunami Miyagi 

5. Isao Hayashi, National Museum of Ethnology
Materializing Memories

Discussion (4pm)



Art and 3.11 Memorialization 
Sophia University, bldg. 10 room 301 
Monday July 1st (1pm-5pm)

Michio Hayashi (Sophia) and Noriko Murai (Sophia)

This panel examines the ways in which various mediums work to make some claim to “representing” the disaster, in some cases as "art." We ask how has disaster been captured and deployed in diverse contexts and examine the way in which 3.11 has been manufactured and re-represented to different aesthetic and political affects.  

Panel One: (1pm)
1. Ellen Schattschneider, Brandeis University
Between Worlds: Spirit Mediumship and Memories of War in the Wake of the Triple Disaster

2. Asato Ikeda, Smithsonian
 Historicizing Ikeda Manabu’s Recent Art Responding to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake


Panel Two: (2:30)
3. Adrian Favell, Sciences Po, Paris
Lieko Shiga's Rasen Kaigan: Memorials to a Dying Village Before and After the Tsunami 

4. Marilyn Ivy, Columbia University
 Catastrophic Photography:  Enigmas of the Image after 3.11 

5. Ryuji Miyamoto, Kobe Design University
Showing 3.11 TSUNAMI 2011

Discussion (4pm)

Sophia University Institute of Comparative Culture 7-1 Kioicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, JAPAN 


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