Troubling Anniversaries – An Excellent Online Conference

On 21 and 22 October I attended an online conference on the theme of ‘Troubling Anniversaries’. The conference was organised through a partnership between the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) within the School of Advanced Study in the University of London and Centre for Public History,(Opens in new window) The online conference explored the uses of…

Remembering the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami and Remembering

Today is the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami – also known as ‘3/11’. Unsurprisingly, this anniversary has led to many events, news stories and articles about the event – both reflections on what happened on 11 March 2011, the lessons that can be learnt, and also those about what the…

“Kibō-no-Kuni (Land of Hope)” – Radiation Disaster Movie

In the next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?“, I am writing about Kibō-no-Kuni (希望の国) (Sion Sono, 2012), known as Land of Hope in English. As with The Chain Reaction this story is primarily a disaster movie about radiation, but while The Chain Reaction…

3/11, Airports and Airlines

I wasn’t in Japan on 11 March 2011. The ‘triple disaster’ of ‘3/11’ came as I was completing my book Dealing with Disaster in Japan, and I made a couple of late amendments to include reference to the disaster, but that book’s main focus was the 1985 flight JL123 crash. Many asked me whether I…