Wednesday 22 March 2017
Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
Level 3, Hawke Building
City West Campus
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Thursday 23 March & Friday 24 March 2017
Timings to be advised.
Level 5, Hawke Building
City West Campus
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Participation is by invitation only.
According to a growing body of literature, the dangers and hazards that people around the world face in the 21st century are in many ways unparalleled. In order to confront these problems, there is a growing recognition that disasters and other social disruptions are cultural matters. This has stimulated research across the Asia-Pacific on the cultural determinants and consequences of disasters. However, the extent to which these concepts differ or intersect between various social contexts has remained less well- explored. Additionally, there is a need to further investigate how disasters cultures are mobile, in that culture is a phenomenon that circulates, as acutely evident in the rise of social media.
The aim of the conference is to bring together prominent academics, specialists and policy analysts across the world to investigate the cultural and mobile aspects of disasters. The conference principally seeks to stimulate research on how disasters are mobile and cultural phenomena. It asks participants to consider how disasters circulate around various parts of the world. This refers to the ways in which disasters involve movement and cultural exchange in terms of how they are managed, experienced and socially constructed.
Shunya Yoshimi is a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III). His research spans sociology, cultural studies, and media studies. His past teaching positions include associate professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, associate professor and currently full professor at the university’s Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies. He studies contemporary Japanese pop culture, everyday life, and cultural politics from the perspective of dramaturgy.
Monika Büscher is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She is Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research and Associate Director at the Institute for Social Futures. Her research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics and risk governance. Her interdisciplinary, experimental, engaged public sociology explores and shapes socio-technical futures. She currently leads research on the informationalization of risk governance, exploring opportunities and challenges in national and international projects (BRIDGE, SecInCoRe).
Professor Anthony Elliott Anthony Elliott is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he is Research Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre. He is Global Professor (Visiting) of Sociology at Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Internationally acclaimed for his research on identity studies, he has developed an original account of how globalisation and the mobility revolution are transforming the contemporary world. He is author and editor of some 40 books – which have been translated in 17 languages.
Dr Eric L. Hsu is a Lecturer at the Hawke Research Institute and in the School of Communications, International Studies, and Languages at the University of South Australia. His primary research interests are located in the sociology of sleep, disasters research, and in the sociological study of time, especially on the issue of social acceleration. He is co-editor of The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016) and his work has recently appeared in Sociology, Time & Society, and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.
Conference Organising Committee Members
Professor Seongbin Hwang is a professor of Media Sociology, Rikkyo University, Japan. His research and publications have dealt extensively with media representation, focusing on the representation of ‘otherness’ and national identity. He earned his B.A. in politics from Yonsei University in Korea and came to Japan as an exchange student in 1990. He holds a doctorate in applied sociology and a master's degree in sociology from Rikkyo University. He is currently affiliated with Monash Asia Institute in Melbourne, Australia and also with Fujen Catholic University in Taiwan as a visiting professor.
Professor Masahiro Ogino is a professor in the School of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He is a foreign expert for State High-end Project at Chinese National Academy of Arts. His primary research interests lie in the field of the sociology of culture, disasters, and social theory. He published Fissures, Kobé, 17 janvier 1995, le séisme (Ed. De la Villette, Paris, 1998) and his recent work on catastrophe and time has appeared in Communications (Seuil, Paris, 2015).
Call for papers
The call for papers has now CLOSED.
Applicants will be notified of acceptance no later than Tuesday 15 November 2016.
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For people traveling interstate or overseas to attend the Conference, there are a number of accommodation options close to UniSA’s City West Campus.
A list of hotels and accommodation options has been provided for your reference. Download HERE.
IMPORTANT: If you are traveling from overseas to attending the conference you will likely require a visa to enter the country. For more information the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
The conference has received generous funding from the Japan Foundation and is also supported by Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia, the School of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University, and the College of Sociology at Rikkyo University. Due to this support, there are no registration fees for the ‘Mobile Cultures of Disaster’ Conference.
Call for papers enquiries
Dr Eric L. Hsu
Lecturer, Hawke Research Institute
Senior Academic Services Officer, The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre