Humanities after Fukushima: Dialogues between Cultural Studies and Philosophy in the Post-Nuclear Age of Critical Junctures

Date: 28 October 2011 – 30 October 2011
Venue: School of Arts, Birkbeck College, University of London, 43 Gordon Square; Birkbeck College Main Building, Malet Street

Birkbeck College, University of London and LAPCSF (London Asia Pacific Cultural Studies Forum), moderated by Ted Motohashi, a visiting professor at the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, with financial help from the Japan Foundation, presents an International Symposium that addresses issues surrounding the past, present and future of Humanities education and research in the age of crisis. This “crisis” particularly resonates with the natural disasters on March 11, 2011 in Japan, and the following calamitous events centered on the nuclear power-plant’s meltdown at Fukushima.
Initially inspired by Nishiyama Yuji’s documentary film “The Right to Philosophy”, comprised of his interviews with those associated with “International College of Philosophy” founded in Paris by Jaques Derrida and Francois Chatelet in 1983, this small-scale international symposium, will try to discuss the following questions among others: what could be the roles and responsibilities of Humanities scholars facing this crisis? Can University education stand up to the multiple challenges posed by the now increasingly technologically sophisticated neoliberal/capitalist politics? What could be the viable relationship between Cultural Studies and Philosophy education? And is it too vulgar to talk about Art and Literature after “Fukushima”?

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