Japan

Roundtable Session

(26) Japanese Studies in the Age of the Planetary

3/22/2018
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Washington Room 5, Exhibit Level

The triple catastrophe of March 2011 combining earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster has durably affected Japan and our academic practices. Or has it? For it remains to account for the effect of this tragic event for Japan, Asia and the planet. This roundtable takes as a starting point the 2017 publication of Planetary Atmospheres and Urban Society After Fukushima, an anthology that attempts to make sense of the contemporaneity of Fukushima Japan in what we define as a planetary situation. Looking at cultural texts, political discourses, and urban practices, this volume claims for the necessity to understand the ongoing crisis of Fukushima Japan in terms of, as Thomas Looser argues, “a common assemblage of processes in which we are all implicated”. Acknowledging this new situation is the necessary starting point for rethinking the role of the humanities and relocate Japanese studies within emerging discourses about the anthropocene, post-humanism and urban dwelling. Following the approach pioneered in this volume, we argue for the need to combine effectively the analysis of cultural texts with both theoretical reflection and a proper understanding of everyday practices in urban places. Following a short introduction on the concept of planetary thinking in relation to recent debates in the humanities, Japanese studies and ecocriticism, the roundtable then proceeds in two parts each articulated around one theme and a disciplinary approach. Drawing on their extended knowledge of conditions of urban life in Tokyo and the Fukushima prefecture after 3.11, Ramona Bajema and Cécile Brice discuss the import of the concept of the planetary to understand the everyday reality of local populations and their affective investments in local dwelling places in relation to population movements and housing policies. In a second part, Ueno Toshiya and Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto then propose a reframing of the debates about Fukushima Japan in terms of a planetary thinking. Drawing in particular on recent environmental thought inspired by Félix Guattari’s 1989 Three Ecologies, they ask how our disciplinary practices can be productively renewed to answer our planetary situation in Fukushima Japan and other times and places.

Christophe Thouny

Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

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Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan

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    Cécile Brice

    CNRS, Kanagawa, Japan

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      Ramona Bajema

      Independent Scholar, California

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        Toshiya Ueno

        Wako University, Kanagawa, Japan

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          Mitsuhiro Yoshimoto

          Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan

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