Calls for Papers: September 3, 2013

Asian Studies Conference Japan 2014
Asian Studies Conference Japan is now accepting proposals for panels, roundtables, and individual presentations for ASCJ 2014, to be held on the campus of Sophia University, June 21-22, 2014. The deadine for all submissions is October 15, 2014. Information and online proposal forms are available on the ASCJ website: http://www.meijigakuin.ac.jp/~ascj/. Everyone world-wide interested in Asian Studies is invited to participate.

Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)
Tampa, Florida, April 8 – 12, 2014
Proposed paper session: The Fukushima Disaster: Three Years Later
The Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 triggered a historic nuclear event in Fukushima, Japan. Although the disaster is no longer featured on the front pages of newspapers  – even in Japan – it presents ongoing challenges and no end is in sight. The Fukushima case is a critically important case for a wide range of geographic and related studies. The proposed session provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of this complex, multifaceted disaster. We invite papers that examine multiple aspects of the Fukushima case as well as lessons from other historical and contemporaneous experiences that may inform our understanding of it. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
·         Historical geographical and political economic context of the disaster
·         Current status of affected areas in and around Fukushima
·         Spatially and socially differentiated experiences of disaster victims and refugees
·         Decontamination and reconstruction efforts and the challenges associated with them
·         Media treatment and public discourse of the disaster and its aftermath
·         Politics and practices of reconstruction project financing
·         Nuclear power projects and their implications for ethics, labor rights and local development
·         Popular opinions and social movements for and against nuclear energy
·         Experiences of and lessons from other nuclear-related and large-scale disasters
·         International politics and geopolitics of nuclear energy
·         Nuclear power plants as industrial and trade strategies
·         Nuclear power plant projects and public reactions in currently industrializing countries
·         Theoretical and methodological implications and challenges that the nuclear disaster poses to geographic research

Interested participants should contact Dai Yamamoto (dyamamoto@colgate.edu) or Noritsugu Fujimoto (fuji@sss.fukushima-u.ac.jp). Drafts of abstracts (max. 250 words) are due on October 1, 2013, but you are encouraged to contact us in advance with preliminary interests, ideas and questions about the session. Registration for the conference must be completed via the AAG Annual Meeting online submission portal by October 23, 2013 in order to receive the early bird discount. Final versions of abstracts must be submitted by December 3, 2013 on the official AAG website (http://www.aag.org).