March 1, 2021Envisioning Next Generation Radiation Governance: Archiving, Regulation, Education, Places
This 5-part symposium (March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29) commemorates the tenth anniversary of the Fukushima disaster, hosted by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) https://www.jsps.go.jp/english/
the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies https://www.international.ucla.edu/JAPAN
the University of California Irvine Department of Anthropology https://www.anthropology.uci.edu/
and the Disaster-STS Research Network https://disaster-sts-network.org/
Japan’s ongoing experiences with radiation from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Fukushima provide powerful examples of the importance of radiation governance. The tenth anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear reactor failure calls for reflection on past and future radiation governance, recognized as a transnational, transdisciplinary, and transgenerational challenge and responsibility to effectively share knowledge and expertise in policy formation and practice.
The Envisioning Next Generation Radiation Governance Symposium, held Mondays in March, 2021, will include an introductory lecture and four panel discussions exploring the archiving, regulation and education needed to support radiation governance in the future, in a wide array of places. One goal is to bring together people involved in different aspects of radiation governance, connecting efforts related to uranium mining and processing, weapons testing, nuclear power generation, food safety, radiation medicine, and so on. Another goal is to foreground diverse approaches to radiation governance stemming from diverse histories, foregrounding initiatives in Japan and the United States. Each panel will be a moderated discussion among differently-situated experts, with time for questions from the audience.
This symposium extends from and supports the on-going work of the Radiation Governance Working Group in the Disaster STS Network https://disaster-sts-network.org/. The Radiation Governance Working Group is building a transnational community-of-practice, body of research, and teaching materials focused on radiation governance. We investigate how those with different kinds of expertise about radiation (nuclear scientists and engineers, policy makers, affected community members, regulators, facility administrators, clinicians, social science researchers, et al) can construct among themselves ways of sharing their knowledge and working together to build effective governance. We also want to help build new capacity for radiation governance through educational programming and inclusive networking.
For more updated information and registration links for each session, please see here.
Sponsor(s): The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
The University of California Irvine Department of Anthropology
The Disaster-STS Research Network