Belonging: An Autoethnography of a Life in Sign Language published

This book weaves intensely personal and evocative stories into a layered autoethnographic text about the author’s experience of childhood deafness, sign language and education. Interwoven with the performative narrative are powerful stories of stigma, trauma, friendships, relationships, love, isolation and displacement. Using interpretative and reflective analysis, the author explores the storied experience of self and … Continue reading

Second edition of Japan Copes with Calamity published

Four years after the 3.11 disaster in Japan, this acclaimed collection of ethnographies in English on the Japanese communities affected by the giant Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters continues to be the only one of its kind. With a new preface offering an update on the affected communities, this volume brings together studies by … Continue reading

Editor of Japan Copes with Calamity to speak at the Japan Foundation in London

Professor Tom Gill, co-editor of the Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, will speak at the Japan Foundation in London on ‘Nagadoro: Rural life after the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster’. Since the Fukushima nuclear disaster of March 2011, Professor Tom Gill (Meiji Gakuin University) has made some … Continue reading

Japan Copes with Calamity book launch

On Wednesday 20 November Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, edited by Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater, was launched at the Japan Foundation in London. Co-editor and contributor Dr Brigitte Steger (centre) and contributors Dr Alyne Delaney (left) and Dr Tuukka Toivonen (right) … Continue reading

Japan Copes with Calamity – in the News

Japan Copes with Calamity: Ethnographies of the Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disasters of March 2011, edited by Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater, features on the University of Cambridge website in an article titled Rescuing normality: Day-to-day life inside Japan’s disaster shelters and in the Cambridge News article Cambridge don records life in … Continue reading

Book launch: Japan Copes with Calamity

Japan Copes with Calamity, edited by Tom Gill, Brigitte Steger and David H. Slater, will be launched on Wednesday 20 November at 6:30 pm at the Japan Foundation, Russell Square House, 10-12 Russell Square, London WC1 5EH. Please book by emailing event@jpf.org.uk to reserve your place. The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that afflicted Japan … Continue reading

Japan Copes with Calamity

This book is the first collection of ethnographies in English on the Japanese communities affected by the giant Tohoku earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011 and the ensuing crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant. It brings together studies by experienced researchers of Japan from field sites around the disaster zone. The contributors present … Continue reading

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