Transpacific Imagination: Nuclear Representation in Australia and Japan
Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
T: 8344 5143
What does it mean for art to encounter the Post-Fukushima world? How can aesthetic practices tackle the present social and political reality with a view to creating new and alternative mindsets? By posing these questions, various artists and writers both within and beyond Japan have responded to the catastrophic 2011 Fukushima disaster.
This seminar begins with a reflection on nuclear literature written by the Japanese authors Kyoko Hayashi and Makoto Oda. These works offer a platform to discuss wider perspectives on both military and civilian uses of nuclear power, and also open up awareness to a ‘global hibakusha’ that not only includes the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but all casualties (both human and non-human) of the ‘nuclear cycle’ – from uranium mining to weapons testing. This seminar then explores a series of Australian artistic projects addressing the controversies surrounding British nuclear testing in the 1960s and the continued mining of uranium on Indigenous land. Attending to these writings and projects, with links across Australia and Japan, this seminar considers the importance of developing a transpacific imagination in response to the current issues surrounding nuclear energy, survival and sustainability.
Professor Tomoko Ichitani, Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at Seinan Gakuin University
Professor Tomoko Ichitani
Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at Seinan Gakuin University
Seinan Gakuin University
Tomoko Ichitani is Professor of Literature and Cultural Studies at Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan. Her primary area of research is Australian contemporary literature, with particular focus on Indigenous Australian writing and multicultural writing. She has published widely on these topics both internationally and within Japan. She also works to promote Australian literature to Japanese audiences and in 2015 she translated Kate Grenville’s The Secret River into Japanese as part of the Masterpieces of Australian Contemporary Literature Series with the support of the AustraliaJapan Foundation. More recently, she has been developing ecocritical approaches to topics including the representation of nuclear issues in Japanese and international contexts. She is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Studies Association.