Fukushima and the Right NOT to Return: Nuclear Displacement in a System for “Hometown Recovery”

Dr Liz Maly, Assistant Professor in the International Research institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University On March 11, 2011, the 9.0 magnitude Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) unleashed a massive tsunami devastating over 500 square kilometers of Japan’s northeast Tohoku coast. This region has experienced tsunamis every 30-40 years, but the size and impact … Continue reading Fukushima and the Right NOT to Return: Nuclear Displacement in a System for “Hometown Recovery”

The ‘uncanny’ in Fukushima’s nuclear aftermath: anxiety-provoking attachment to home

Yohei Koyama, doctoral researcher in the Department of Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea, SOAS, University of London, UK. “I’m afraid to say it, but we love Chernobyl. It’s become the meaning of our lives. The meaning of our suffering” (Alexievich 1997, 215), says Natalya Roslova. She is one of the voices in Svetlana Alexievich’s … Continue reading The ‘uncanny’ in Fukushima’s nuclear aftermath: anxiety-provoking attachment to home

Poetry from Chernobyl

Professor Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, Director of Russian and East European Institute, Anthropology Department, Indiana University   Professor Sarah Phillips has published several academic articles about Chernobyl, including research on post-Chernobyl food practices and ‘Chernobyl’s Sixth Sense‘.  She has also published two Samotosphere articles on nuclear issues, one reflecting on the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl … Continue reading Poetry from Chernobyl