I was supposed to attend this conference this weekend but an abscess in my jaw led to surgery and I had to Skype in my presentation on Fukushima and nuclear dispossession:
THE DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE
SECOND CONFERENCE IN DISASTERS, DISPLACEMENT, AND HUMAN RIGHTS (DDHR):
“BRIDGING THE COLLABORATIVE GAP”
SEPTEMBER 25-27 2015
Missing the conference was very disappointing because the attendees are people who care about what happens to displaced people. I was able to Skype in my presentation but missed the opportunity to learn from others.
Regarding my presentation: I see the Fukushima nuclear disaster as offering unique insights into what happens when a "first world" highly developed nation, such as Japan, confronts an epic disaster that compromises the health and welfare of its people.
It is clear to me from the financial crisis, the BP oil spill, and the Fukushima nuclear disaster, that even the most economically developed and purportedly democratic states will dispossess their populations when greed and military ideas of security are seen as conflicting with adequate responses.
Here is my presentation for anyone interested: