Literatures, Languages & Cultures

The World After Fukushima

The World After Fukushima is a series of film screenings, Q&As, conferences and round-table discussions on the Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 and on the future of nuclear energy.

Taking place over three days in Edinburgh, the series is organised by Dr Fabien Arribert-Narce of the Department of European Languages and Cultures (DELC) in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. It is generously supported by the Japan Foundation Endowment Committee. 

Fabien’s research specialism is in 20th and 21st century French literature and visual culture, and his current research focuses on the reception of Japanese culture by French and Francophone writers and film-makers since 1945, and on literary and artistic responses to the 3/11 triple disaster in Japan and Europe.

Find out more about Fabien's teaching and research interests

Documentary screening and Q&A: Nuclear Lands

Wednesday 13th September 2017 (5.30-7.30pm)

Lecture Theatre G.03, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

The opening event in the series is a chance to see the 2015 documentary, 'Nuclear Lands', directed by Kenichi Watanabe (Kami Productions, Arte France).

Beginning with the story of the birth of plutonium production in the 1940s in Hanford, USA, the film goes on to recount the history of the nuclear reprocessing plant in La Hague, France, then tells of the Rokkasho nuclear site in Japan which is actually built on a seismic fault line.

The film is based on archives made by scientists and recreates the story of an industrial environment secretly born in arid and desolate locations, with citizens and local politicians sharing their thoughts and experiences on living near the nuclear sites.

The screening (in English) will be followed by a Q&A with director, Kenichi Watanabe, and scriptwriter, Michaël Ferrier.

The event is FREE but booking is essential.

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Michaël Ferrier: un écrivain du corail

Thursday 14th September 2017 (10am-5.45pm)

Project Room 1.06, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

The second event in the series is an international one-day conference, in French, on the Tokyo-based writer Michaël Ferrier, author of the 2012 book, 'Fukushima: Récit d'un désastre'.

Featuring six guest speakers from universities around the world, it is organised into three themed sessions, ending with a one-hour talk with Michaël Ferrier and a drinks reception.

The conference will be conducted in French.

Download the full conference programme as a pdf

The event is free to attend. No registration required.

Post-Fukushima Art and Literature in Japan and the West

Friday 15th September 2017 (9.30am-4pm)

Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

The third event in the series is an international one-day conference, in English, on Post-Fukushima Art and Literature in Japan and the West.

Featuring a mixture of guest speakers and colleagues from the University of Edinburgh, it is organised into five chaired sessions.

Download the full conference programme as a pdf

The event is free to attend. No registration required.

Fukushima and the Future of Nuclear Energy

Friday 15th September 2017 (4.15-5.15pm)

Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

The fourth event in the series is an hour-long, round-table discussion chaired by Dr Chris Perkins, Lecturer in Japanese in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), with Professors Doug Slaymaker, Lisette Gebhardt and Michaël Ferrier.

The event is free to attend. No registration required.

Documentary screening and Q&A: The World After Fukushima

Friday 15th September 2017 (5.45-7.30pm)

Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL

The fifth, and final, event in the series is a chance to see the 2013 documentary, 'The World After Fukushima', directed by Kenichi Watanabe (Kami Productions, Arte France).

Exploring what people’s lives are like two years after a nuclear catastrophe, the film gives a voice to the victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, and provides a compelling reflection on the future of our civilisation.

The screening (in English) will be followed by a Q&A with director, Kenichi Watanabe, and scriptwriter, Michaël Ferrier.

The event is FREE but booking is essential. Please note that, regretfully, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.

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The World After Fukushima

A three-day series of films and debates on the future of nuclear energy, with a particular focus on cultural responses to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident of 2011.

Various venues including 50 George Square and Summerhall.