One Year After the East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - Incurring Debt: Picturing the Dead

David H. Slater, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Japanese Studies,Sophia University, Japan

Pizza and beverages will be served.

The tsunami crisis of Northern Japan was probably the most minutely documented disaster in history. But some images were also lost, including the hundreds of thousands of family photo albums that were washed away by the tsunami. Almost immediately, photo collection and restoration projects emerged all over Japan. This talk addresses the various issues that have been raised therein, including the anxiety, ambivalence and obligation that surround the uncontrolled circulation and handling of other people’s photos; the pictures’ role in the formulation of loss, creation of hope and discharge of duty; and more speculatively, the interpretive challenges these pictures pose to representing a rural imaginary now very much gone. (Photos taken with permission from:

Monday, March 05, 2012 | 5:30 pm — 7:00 pm
Building 50 - Room 51A Conference Room, Main Quad

Department of Anthropology