Northeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

95 - Mining Grassroots Archives: The Japanese Experience

7/7/2018
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Jacaranda I, First Floor

This panel focuses on collections of historical documents kept by mining communities in postwar and contemporary Japan. In mining towns, local communities - including laborers, activists, teachers - often built their own collections of documents as challenges to the formal documents archived by corporate mining interests. Local and private preservation efforts have facilitated regional histories in Japan. Such collections shaped the historical imagination of local communities and non-elite actors played significant roles in their creation. In the case of the mining communities, we examine grassroots archiving addressed both a lack of formal archives and also the fact that corporate interests could withhold key documents. While creating their own collections, communities also learned how to appropriate the archives of formal record-keeping institutions.

Our four case studies center on questions about the creation of grassroots mining archives in Japan, how those archives enabled people to form their own political strategies, and how those archives related to public record-keeping institutions. The papers examine how the communities improvised their own “archive” from different aspects: Chelsea Szendi Schieder explores the building of a personal archive of an activist and wife of a miner at the Miike coal mine in Kyushu; Miyamoto Takashi also discusses the creation of a personal archive online by an individual from Miike; Naoko Shimazaki considers the archiving process during the closure of Taiheiyo Coal Mine in Kushiro, Hokkaido; and Bernard Thomann focuses on materials related to occupational health, especially silicosis.

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Chelsea Szendi SCHIEDER

Meiji University, Japan

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Takashi Miyamoto

The University of Tokyo, Japan

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Dhiraj Kumar. Nite

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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Chelsea Szendi SCHIEDER

Meiji University, Japan

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Takashi Miyamoto

The University of Tokyo, Japan

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Naoko Shimazaki

Waseda University, Japan

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Bernard Thomann

Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, France

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Dhiraj Kumar. Nite

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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