Remembering 9/11

Today (11 September 2021) is the twentieth anniversary of the ‘9/11’ attacks. As with another recent post (All Accidents are Human Error), I have been inspired to write this post thanks to listening to the Take To The Sky Podcast. They have done a couple of podcasts recently in relation to 9/11 (on top of…

All Accidents are Human Error

Over recent weeks I have been listening to a number of episodes by Take To The Sky Podcast and watching some episodes of Aircrash Investigation (as it’s known on Disney+ in the UK). Naturally, one of the things that both look to discuss is the probable cause of the crash, and often this can end…

Lecture – “Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism”

On Saturday 24 April 2021 I gave an online lecture for The Japan Society on the topic of ‘Japanese Disaster Narratives: Conservatism and Revisionism’. Japan has a long history of disaster movies. This lecture explained some of the key similarities and differences between English-language (primarily Hollywood) disaster narratives and Japanese ones. It was based on…

Wrapping Culture – Surrounding Much of My Research

In my recent post Reporting and Responding to Disasters, I not only pointed to the significance of the idea of important/unimportant lives in the media (and the public) that is discussed in the novel Kuraimazu Hai (‘Climber’s High’/’Seventeen’) by Hideo Yokoyama, but also pointed to how influential Mileti’s idea of a disaster being designed (as…

Reporting and Responding to Disasters

I have previously done some posts (such as Creating Disasters and Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters) relating to one of the most significant concepts to have impacted my research – the idea that disasters are ‘designed’ as put forward by Dennis Mileti. This concept has underpinned much of my…

Disasters by the Book – How Japanese may be Designing Disasters

As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – often referred to as 3/11 – there are many articles and webinars discussing the events themselves and also the legacy and lessons learnt. I attended two webinars last week on this topic, and may write a separate post about this,…

Creating Disasters

I have been studying disasters for over 13 years, ever since I decided to research the JL123 plane crash. This has involved reading a lot of academic and practitioner works on disasters (and related subjects). Out of all the ones that I have read, other than finding it interesting that there is no single agreed…