This is first of a multi-part series on overcoming disruptions to teaching languages by seizing upon an opportunity to study the history of pandemics. This Teaching Moments series is co-presented by the MPIWG History of Science ON CALL project and the
The 1096 Nankai Trough tsunamigenic earthquake devastated communities along the Suruga and Ise coasts. The earthquake also caused damage to large and symbolically important buildings in the capital in Kyoto
Teaching with 3.11 in the Present Aleksandra Kobiljski Editors’ Note: The current global health crisis has called us to reflect upon the role of digital pedagogical tools for facilitating empathetic learning about disasters in history. Our ability to create new
Disaster frequently confronts residents of Mexico City. Earthquakes threaten the indiscriminate destruction of structures both precolonial and new, flash floods tease a waterlogged future reminiscent of the city’s lacustrine past, ashfall from volcanic eruptions brewing in close proximity carries the
How a Catastrophic Flood of the Gürbe River Triggered the Rethinking of Local Flood Protection On the evening of 29 July 1990, after a warm and sunny day, the sky over the Gantrisch region in the Swiss pre-Alps suddenly darkened.
Fears that arose in the aftermath of the nuclear disaster that occurred in Northeastern Japan on 11 March 2011 led some Japanese families to evacuate overseas and to consider permanently leaving Japan. I met some young families in this situation in
Ozeki, Ruth. 2013. A Tale for the Time Being. Viking. The narratives of fiction offer room for the imagination of alternative outcomes and trajectories of real-life events. A Tale For The Time Being is a 2013 Booker Prize shortlisted novel
Teach311.org is pleased to introduce the inaugural essay of the “Terms of Disaster” collection. This essay collection, co-curated with Arcadia, examines the historical setting and re-setting of the conditions and context of disaster due to human language and word choices. We’ll be posting more essays soon, so
Healing Fukushima. 2016. Directed by Sulfikar Amir. Written by Shi-Lin Loh. Healing Fukushima is a documentary exploration of Japanese medical responses to a series of disasters that culminated in the nuclear accidents on 11 March 2011. It depicts how Japanese
Suga, Yutaka. 2013. Atarashii no no gakumon no jidai e – chishiki seisan to shakai jissen wo tsunagu tame ni.Iwanami Shoten. Suga Yutaka, professor of Japanese folklore at the University of Tokyo, calls for a reflexive, inclusive, and reciprocal mode
In the late fall of 2015, I took a study trip to the multiple disaster zones of northeastern Japan. The trip not only opened my eyes to the scale of the ruptures that occurred on March 11, 2011, but
While textual representations of the Fukushima disaster and its aftermath provide a conduit for the imagination to construct the scenario, visual depiction renders the landscape with visceral immediacy. “A Journey To Namie” is a short visual documentary by Sulfikar Amir, a
Holmberg, Ryan. 2016. “Pro-Nuclear Manga: The Seventies and Eighties.” The Comics Journal. 26 Feb. http://www.tcj.com/pro-nuclear-manga-the-seventies-and-eighties/. Editor’s note: We invited art and comics historian and The Comics Journal’s “What was alternative manga” columnist Ryan Holmberg to introduce the historical genre
The Earth Girl is a set of interactive games designed to teach players to make strategic decisions during disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis.
Article: Big Data and Ecological History: The Compilation and Database Construction of the Historical Sources of Chinese Disaster History (2015)
Xia, Mingfang. 2015. “Big Data and Ecological History: The Compilation and Database Construction of the Historical Sources of Chinese Disaster History in an Information Age.” The Qing History Journal 2: 67-82. (夏明方. 2015. 大数据与生态史：中国灾害史料整理与数据库建设. 《清史研究》2: 67-82.) Historian Xia Mingfang
Suga, Yutaka. 2013. Atarashii no no gakumon no jidai e – chishiki seisan to shakai jissen wo tsunagu tame ni. Iwanami Shoten. Suga Yutaka, professor of Japanese folklore at the University of Tokyo, calls for a reflexive, inclusive, and
Some things have changed, but many things have not Teach311.org Multimedia Editor Ryuma Shineha contemplates the significance of the number 3 – three years, three focal prefectures with “3.11-related” statistics, and three disasters. This piece provides some insights into what
Scott Gabrielle Knowles. 2013. Disaster Experts Mastering Risk in Modern America. University of Pennsylvania Press. Scott Knowles details the rise of disaster experts—a group of professionals that include insurance inspectors, scientists, civil defense planners, public officials, and social science researchers—in
Lamar Underwood. 2002. The Greatest Disaster Stories Ever Told. Lyons Press. In this edited volume, Underwood excerpts disaster stories written by survivors, journalists and some best-selling authors, which describe a wide range of disastrous experiences for the benefit of a general audience.