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DLS: Reflections on March 11, 2011; Japan's Disasters and their Aftermath

  • 13 Mar 2014
  • 5:00 PM
  • President's Room, UK Singletary Center for the Arts; reception will follow in the Art Museum


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The University of Kentucky Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA)

Presents Its 13th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series

Reflections on March 11, 2011:

Japan's Disasters and their Aftermath

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

Cost: Free and Open to Public

President’s Room (Singletary Center)

Reception Following in Art Museum until 8:30 p.m.

In the wake of the triple disasters of March 11, 2011 which devastated the Tohoku region of Japan with a massive earthquake, an enormous set of tsunami, and the catastrophic failure of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactor, both Japanese and foreign observers struggled to make sense of these events. Bestor examines some ways in which Japanese culture frames disasters, and based on fieldwork in Tohoku in 2011 and 2012, how local meaning-making unfolds.


Dr. Theodore Bestor

Dr. Bestor earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University and is Professor of Social Anthropology and Director of the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies  at Harvard University. His books include: Routledge Handbook of Japanese Culture and Society (edited with Victoria Bestor and Akiko Yamagata, 2011)Doing Fieldwork in Japan (2003), and Tsukiji: The Fish Market at the Center of the World (2004).

This event is free, open to the public, and co-sponsored by:

Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630

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