Sunday, September 27, 2015

Disasters, Displacements and Human Rights Conference



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
http://web.utk.edu/~anthrop/ddhr15.html

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:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/kvltewtwmarrn7j/Nuclear%20Dispossession.pdf?dl=0



3 comments:


  1. "First World" for all the lofty rhetoric, plan to have your own disaster plan.

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  2. nothing is free to live in this supposedly first world country supposedly swimming in wealth you had btter get used to the fact that you are living in a country where a great deal of the current prosperity was built building nuclear power and bombs and that the whole bloody country is floating on a layer of radioactive ooze. the whole concept of first world second world and third world countries is a bloody joke. all nuclear countries suck and all people living there pay a price eventually. then there is disaster capitalism http://www.alternet.org/disaster-capitalism-permanent-state-life-too-many-americans.

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  3. i am looking forward to your presentation--too late now to start. tomorrow.

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