April 15 3.11 in Literature and Film
March 18 AfterLandscapes: Designing in Uncertainty  Booked out
April 1 The New Wave of Activist Culture iin Post-3.11 Japan

3.11 in Literature and Film

Tamaki Tokita, University of Sydney
Friday, April 15
6:30pm – 7:30pm (doors open 6pm)

From Godzilla to Barefoot Gen and Astro Boy, the nuclear has always played an important role in the Japanese creative sphere. Has this changed since 3.11? Through manga, literature and film, this talk explores how 3.11 manifests in the popular imagination, and gives insight into the latest literary developments in Japan.


AfterLandscapes: Designing in Uncertainty

Marieluise Jonas, RMIT University
Friday, March 18
6:30pm – 7:30pm (doors open 6pm)

Since 3.11, landscape architecture researcher Marieluise Jonas has been working with tsunami-affected communities as they attempt to rebuild their towns and livelihoods. This talk looks at strategies for building resilient futures, and the complex socio-political and environmental issues of rebuilding in the aftermath of full-scale eradication of life, landscape and infrastructure.

Booked out

The New Wave of Activist Culture in Post-3.11 Japan

Akihiro Ogawa, Melbourne University
Friday, April 1
6:30pm – 7:30pm (doors open 6pm)

Post-3.11, citizens across the country began to protest against nuclear power, awakening the nation’s activist culture from decades of slumber. Since then, new large-scale actions on different issues have shown that post-3.11 activism was not a lone spike, but the beginning of a broader trend. This talk outlines the rise of a new activist movement in post-3.11 Japan, making connections with the social activism of Japan’s early postwar-era as well as pro-democracy movements across Asia.