Japanese Studies Centre
The Mitsubishi Corporation Seminar Series
Japan Renewal: post 3/11 Japan and the Media
Melbourne, Friday 21 June 2013
Monash Law Chambers
This interdisciplinary seminar explored the roles of traditional and new media in the reporting and documenting of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in Northeastern Japan. The triple disaster on 11 March 2011 threw into relief a variety of social, political and economic issues, such as community planning, the aging of society, and environmental concerns: how are these concerns being debated in the public sphere? What are the potential futures for this area?
The JSC invites the Japanese Studies community to this one day gathering of Australian and Japanese scholars to discuss the steps Japanese society has taken in the two years since the disaster. Featured speakers included:
Professor Mamoru Itoh, professor of media and sociology at the Graduate School of International Culture and Communication, Waseda University, Tokyo
Professor Vera Mackie, ARC Future Fellow in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Wollongong
Dr. Claire Maree, lecturer in Japanese and sociolinguist at the University of Melbourne
Mr. Roger Pulvers, author, playwright, translator and theatre director, and recipient of the Miyazawa Kenji Prize for literature in 2008
After introductions and greetings from the Consul General Hidenobu Sobashima and Ms. Marie Turner of Mitsubishi Australia Ltd., there were four presentations from the featured speakers. The group convened into three discussion groups, focussing on the topics ‘New Media as an Immediate Response’; ‘Information Management and Governance’ and ‘Media and Activism’.
This seminar was part of a series of academic seminars sponsored by Mitsubishi Corporation and coordinated by the Japanese Studies Centre, Melbourne.
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