Chantal Bertalanffy

Thesis title: Narratives and counter-narratives of 'cultural trauma' in post-3.11 Japanese cinema.

PhD in Japanese

Year of study: 4

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details


Chantal Bertalanffy is a PhD Candidate in Japanese Studies at The University of Edinburgh. Previously, she studied Media and Film Studies (BA & BA Hons) at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and obtained her MA in Filmmaking from The London Film School.

Research summary

Chantal’s PhD research investigates narratives and counter-narratives of ‘cultural trauma’ in post-3.11 Japanese cinema.

Project activity

Also a filmmaker, Chantal's first feature film is currently in development.

Conference details

  • 27.07.2017 Nordic Summer University: Trauma Narratives and the Ethics of Reading (Saulkrasti, Latvia)

Whose Trauma is it? '3.11', Power Struggle and Cinema


  • 15.09.2017 International Conference 'Post-Fukushima Art and Literature in Japan and The West' (The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK) 

Whose Trauma is it? The Cinema of 3.11 


  • 23.10.2017 Bilkent Science Technology and Society  Network (University of Bilkent, Ancara, Turkey via video) 

What happened to change? Fukushima, Power and Trauma


  • 29.06.2018 European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS): Media Tactics and Engagement (The University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

The Articulation of Power: 'Shin Godzilla's' Cultural Trauma in post-Fukushima Cinema and 'Love and Peace's' Resistance


  • 04.07.2018 Film Philosophy Conference (The University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden) 

The Cultural Trauma of Fukushima, Power and The Ethics of Fictional Films


  • 07.09.2018 British Association of Japanese Studies (BAJS) Conference (The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK) 

What happened to change? Trauma in post-disaster Japanese Cinema


  • 27.06.2019 Memory Studies Association (MSA) Conference (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain)

Post-disaster Japan's Cultural Trauma, ‘the way things have been' and Cinema  


  • 17.07.2019 The 11th International Convention of Asian Scholars (ICAS 11) Conference (Universiteit Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands)

The Relationless Society and Fukushima's Trauma: Doris Dörrie's "Fukushima mon Amout" and Sion Sono's "Himizu"


  • 04.09.2019 Joint East Asian Studies (JEACS) Conference (The Universty of Edinburgh, Edinbugh, UK)

Single-mothers in post-disaster Japanese Cinema


  • 13.12.2019 Heath, Risk and Disaster Symposium (HeaRD) (The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)

3.11, Women and Inequality

Invited speaker

  • 31.5.2018 Nippon Connection Film Festival (Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany)

New Godzilla, Old Trauma? Japanese Cinema post Fukushima


  • 11.06.2020 Nippon Connection Film Festival (Frankfurt am Main, Germany - online)

Women in Contemporary Japanese Cinema

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  • 06.06.2021 Nippon Connection Film Festival (Frankfurt am Main, Germany - online) 

Familie im zeitgenössischen japansichen Kino (The Family in contemporary Japanese Cinema)

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