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Japan and 3/11: Memory in Formation

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:00am - 1:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 918

Reflections from Fukushima: From History to Memory and Back Again
Harry Harootunian, History, Columbia University

Digital Media and Crowd-Sourcing Memory: The Japan Digital Archives for the Disasters of 2011
Theodore C. Bestor, Anthropology, Harvard University

Discussants
Mona El-Ghobashy, Political Science, Barnard College
Kevin Ochsner, Psychology, Columbia University
Charles Strozier, History, John Jay College

What impact did the disasters of 3/11--the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster--have on Japanese memory?

Theodore C. Bestor, a specialist on contemporary Japanese culture and society, will present the Digital Archive of Japan's 2011 Disasters, an online portal containing a wealth of digital documents about the 3/11 disasters at Harvard University. This project, "a site of shared memory of those most directly affected" by the disasters, allows individual users to add materials, interact, and curate their own collections.

Harry Harootunian's work has included explorations of interwar Japan, and social and cultural life following the recession of the 1990s. 

 Mona El-Ghobashy, an expert on Egyptian political movements, Kevin Ochsner, a social cognitive neuroscientist studying emotion, self-control and self-perception, and Charles Strozier, a psychologist specializing in terrorism and violence and Director of the John Jay Center on Terrorism, will discuss.

Part of the series The Politics of Difficult Pasts: Memory in Global Context 

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