From the Forum's 'About' page:
In the wake of Fukushima, many STS scholars are engaging in the debate over the lessons of the disaster. This includes not only those working directly on Fukushima, but those in related areas such as engineering studies, expertise, nuclear policy, technological governance, disaster studies, and East Asian studies/STS, many of whom are interested in looking at Fukushima from a comparative perspective.
Following the 2011 Cleveland 4S/SHOT/HSS co-located meeting, several of us decided to assemble an initial planning group for the purpose of creating a sustained forum for conversations about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and integrally related Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (Higashi Nihon Dai Shinsai). Our hope is to help create a safe and productive place for dialogue that integrates Japanese and non-Japanese perspectives while also balancing academic studies with opportunities for outreach and policy engagement.
With this message, we are also hoping to introduce you to our overall efforts, and to invite you to become involved. Among the things we have been working on are:
With the online discussion forum, we anticipate creating a place for scholars to exchange self-introductions, post literature/review essays, and maintain discussion threads on topics ranging from expertise, to citizen science, to organizational dynamics and the historical/cultural background of the disaster. We have already developed the idea of the multi-day workshop into an NSF workshop proposal (posted under “Workshops” at this site).
You can also join the group of volutneers who are maintaining this site, and helping to organize the forum in all of its different aspects. If interested, please contact:
Atsushi Akera Scott Gabriel Knowles
STS Department History and Politics Department
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Drexel University
(akeraa ‘at’ rpi.edu)
– On behalf of the “Initial Planning Group” for the STS Forum on Fukushima
This artifact is part of an essay on Scott Knowles. Knowles has been a member of the forum since 2011 and is currently co-authoring an edited volume on the Fukushima disasters