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Symposium Report : The Politics of Energy Transition Post-Fukushima

2015年08月12日

On August 6, 2015 GIS hosted students, university faculty, independent researchers, and other members of industry and the general public for the symposium, The Politics of Energy Transition Post-Fukushima : Anthropological Lessons from North America and Europe. Organized by GIS in conjunction with the German Institute for Japanese Studies, the symposium featured Professors of Anthropology Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe from Rice University, who discussed their fieldwork experiences on wind farmsin Oaxaca Mexico and the evolving solar energy industry in Germany. In response, Associate Professor Atsuro Morita from Osaka University and Visiting Professor Casper Bruun Jensen at the Institute for Research in Humanities at Kyoto University offered comments from the perspective of Japan, where they are conducting a joint project on environmental infrastructures. The purpose of the symposium was to bring ethnographic work being conducted on the politics of energy transition from outside Japan to bear on Japan’s own challenges facing energy management since the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The discussion carried out during both the group session and the reception that followed was lively and multifaceted, bringing together a variety of perspectives in addressing a set of concerns around energy issues that are sure to intensify as nation states, and Japan in particular, continue to develop and transform their energy infrastructures.

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