[Blueboard] CALL FOR PAPERS: The 3.11 Disaster of Japan: Vulnerability, Loss, and Social Transformation, 25 and 26 January 2013

Japanese Studies Program japanese at admu.edu.ph
Tue Aug 28 11:25:23 PHT 2012

Thank you for posting.

The Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University
is pleased to announce the 13th International Conference on Japanese Studies
from 25 to 26 January 2013

Theme: "The 3.11 Disaster of Japan: Vulnerability, Loss, and Social     

The conference aims to provide a lively forum for academics, scholars,  
educators, and professionals who are interested on how Japan handles  
disaster and enable the exchange of new and various approaches and  
perspectives in an informal interdisciplinary setting.  Furthermore,  
the conference wishes to highlight learnings which can be applicable  
within the Philippine context.

With climate change, the intensity and frequency of natural disasters has
been increasing in the world. Though its correlation to change in the
natural environment is not straightforwardly seen, the recent 3.11
disaster, the Tohoku Earthquake and earthquake-induced disasters, became
landmarks that show human beings are now facing the enormous power of
environmental change, highlighting the vulnerabilities of a first world
country such as Japan.  Disasters occur at the interface of environment,
society and technology. They are not only biophysical events, but they are
also inevitably situated in particular social and cultural contexts. The
important issues in disasters are often the issues of societies, and the
view that relocates disasters from events to processes inexorably entails
concerns about cultures. This conference aims to approach the theme with
the perspective of the socio-cultural framework in order to understand not
only the disaster itself but on how Japanese society coped in where it
occurred. It will be composed of three parts: 1) Risk and Vulnerability
which deals with pre-existing issues of Japanese society, 2) Displacement
and Loss which includes the problem of the loss of connectedness and the
consequent loss of self, and 3) Recovery and Resilience which addresses
post-disaster change and possible future of Japanese society.

We are now accepting abstracts (300-500 words) for papers looking at  
multidisciplinary approaches towards disaster research in Japan. We  
particularly encourage critical studies in the following areas:

  Approaches in disaster research
  Disaster in Japanese history
  Risk and vulnerability of Japanese society
  Mitigation, preparedness and responses
  Post-disaster care
  Media, education and disaster
  Disaster and gender
  Disaster and religions
  Disaster in globalization
  Civil society and "disaster volunteers"
  Recovery and the creation of post-disaster society

Other related topics are also welcome. Please email abstracts to
jspadmu at gmail.com on or before 19 October 2012. All submissions will be

  *Venue:* Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines
  *Dates:* 25 and 26 January 2013
  *Fees:*  waived

We very much hope to see you there.

  Conference Conveners:

  Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ph.D.
  Hiroko Nagai, Ph.D.
  Japanese Studies Program
  Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines

  Antonio G.M. La Vina, LLM, JSD
  Ateneo School of Government, Philippines

This conference is supported by the Japan Foundation in cooperation  
with the Ateneo School of Government.

If you require any further information, please email: jspadmu at gmail.com

Japanese Studies Program
2/F Ricardo and Dr. Rosita Leong Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights, Quezon City 1108
Landline: (632) 426-6001 local 5248
Telefax : (632) 426-6001 local 5249
E-Mail  : japanese at admu.edu.ph

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