PE52
Observing the disaster and/or participating in the aftermath: Exploring the role of anthropologists and the potential of an anthropological perspective on the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Convenors:
Hiroki Takakura (Tohoku University)
Location:
Roscoe 3.4
Start time:
6 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The disruption caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami has not abated but still continues. The purpose of this panel is to share the anthropological understandings of the socio-cultural effects in order to explore both academic and practical ways of collaboration.

Long abstract:

The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (GEJET) continues to have an impact on the world. The magnitude of the earthquake, the powerful sweep of the tsunami, and the desperate accident at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima created a disaster of massive scale. While the material reconstruction of the inner urban areas has been successfully implemented, the ties of many local communities in the rural coastal region even now remain ruptured. The nuclear plant disaster forced a tremendous number to relocate from their homes. Uncertainty about the future in the face of the radioactivity is psychologically damaging, and its economic and cultural effects are now increasing. The disruption caused by the GEJET has not abated but still continues. The purpose of this panel is to present some anthropological understandings of these extensive socio-cultural effects and to exchange views in order to evaluate the role of anthropologists in response to the disaster. Another important task is to provide an opportunity to meet the anthropologists who are engaged with or are observing the aftermath. Through the panel, I will explore the possibility of collaboration both in academic and practical senses.