Liste et biographies des participants
List and Bios of Participants

Conférenciers et artistes/Invited Speakers and Artists

Brian Bergstrom
Brian Bergstrom is a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago and a course lecturer at McGill University in Montreal. His articles and translations have appeared in publications including Chroma, Mechademia, positions: asia critique and Japan Forum. He is the editor and principal translator of We, the Children of Cats by Tomoyuki Hoshino.

Adam Broinowski
Adam Broinowski is an ARC postdoctoral research fellow at the School of Pacific and Asian History, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. His recent work includes a chapter, ‘Sovereign Power Ambition and the Realities of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster’ in Nadesan/Boys/McKillop/Wilcox (eds.), Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization?, The Dispossesion Publishing Group (2014), and ‘Conflicting Immunities: Priorities of Life and Sovereignty amid the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster’, European Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, (vol. 14, Issue 3, 2014). His book, Cultural Responses to Occupation in Japan: The Performing Body during and after the Cold War is forthcoming in 2015.

Kate Brown
Kate Brown lives in Washington, DC and is Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  She is the author of two award-winning books: Plutopia: Nuclear Families in Atomic Cities and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters (Oxford 2013) and A Biography of No Place: From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004). Brown’s most recent book Dispatches from Dystopia: History of Places Not Yet Forgotten will appear in 2015 with the University of Chicago Press. She is currently writing a history of the communities circling the Chernobyl Zone.

Ele Carpenter
Ele Carpenter is a curator and writer in politicised art and interdisciplinary social networks of making. Her curatorial research into Nuclear Culture in the 21st Century is a partnership between Arts Catalyst and Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she is a Senior Lecturer in MFA Curating. Ele is interested in how the visual arts can contribute to the nuclear humanities through the conceptualisation of the contemporary experience of radiation and speculative futures. She regularly hosts symposia, field trips and exhibitions bringing together artists, scholars with nuclear stakeholders. In 2014 Ele curated the Actinium exhibition and forum with S-Air, Sapporo, Japan, and organized field trips to nuclear sites in Horonobe and Fukushima, Japan. She is currently researching a major exhibition for the BildMuseet, Umea, Sweden, in 2016, exploring nuclear culture in the 21st century, deep-time and unknowing.

Amaryll Chanady
Amaryll Chanady is Professor of Comparative Literature at the Université de Montréal. Her main areas of specialization are inter-American studies, Latin America, constructions of collective identity and theories of space and community. Her main publications include : America¹s Worlds and the World¹s Americas. Ed. Amaryll Chanady, George Handley, Patrick Imbert. Ottawa: U of Ottawa; NY: Legas, 2006. 582 p. Entre inclusion et exclusion. La symbolisation de l’autre dans les Amériques. Paris: Honoré Champion, 1999. 385 p. Latin American Identity and Constructions of Difference. Ed. Amaryll Chanady. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1994. 304 p.

Daniel Cordle
Daniel Cordle is Reader in English and American literature at Notthingham Trent University. He has published extensively on nuclear and Cold War literature. His book, States of Suspense: The Nuclear Age, Postmodernism and United States Fiction and Prose (Manchester UP, 2008), which demonstrates the continued relevance and vitality of nuclear criticism, was favorably reviewed in journals such as Technology and Culture and Modern Fiction Studies. Daniel has also published a number of pieces about literature and science, including a monograph, Postmodern Postures: Literature, Science and the Two Cultures Debate (Ashgate, 1999). He is currently writing a book about the nuclear 1980s in British and North American culture.

Rachel DiNitto
Rachel DiNitto is an Associate Professor of Japanese Studies at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She works on the literary and cultural studies of Japan’s prewar (1910s-1930s), and postbubble eras (1990-2000s). In addition to her monograph, Uchida Hyakken: A Critique of Modernity and Militarism in Prewar Japan, publications include articles on depictions of the Asia-Pacific War in the work of manga artist Maruo Suehiro; Kanehara Hitomi, the young, female writer whose controversial novel Snakes and Earrings won Japan’s most prestigious literary award in 2004; and cult director Suzuki Seijun’s return to the cinema in the 1980s.  DiNitto manages a website on contemporary Japanese culture, and is currently working on a new book project, “Writing Fukushima: Imagining Disaster in Japan” that looks at the literature written after the triple disaster of March 11, 2011.

Élise Domenach
Élise Domenach is Associate Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure Lyon. She works on skepticism in films. She has translated into French several books by Stanley Cavell. As a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Scholar, Élise has been working on the philosophy of post-3.11/post-Fukushima cinema at the University of Tokyo Center for Philosophy since 2013. Recently she was appointed Visiting Professor at Meiji University (Tokyo). Domenach’s publications include a book on Stanley Cavell, Stanley Cavell, le cinéma et le scepticisme (Cavell, Cinema, and Skepticism, PUF, 2011), and a book of interviews with film directors who have made films on 3.11/the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its aftermath (forthcoming at University of Tokyo Press, UTCP Booklets, 2015).

Atsushi Funahashi
Atsushi Funahashi has directed two documentaries about the struggles of the evacuees of Futaba, the town in Fukushima prefecture that hosted the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant: Nuclear Nation : The Fukushima Refugees Story (Futaba kara tooku hanarete, 2012), and Nuclear Nation 2 (Futaba kara tooku hanarete Dainibu, 2014). Nuclear Nation 1 was featured at the Berlin, Hong Kong, and Edinburgh International Films Festivals, as well as at other film festivals and venues in Korea, Italy, and the US. Funahashi was born in Osaka, Japan, and graduated from Tokyo University with a B.A. in cinema studies. He moved to New York in 1997, where he studied film directing at the School of Visual Arts. His debut feature Echoes (2001) won three jury and audience awards at Annonay International Film Festival in France. His second film, Big River (2006), was shown at various film festivals (including Berlin, Pusan, Karlovy Vary, Sao Paolo, and Shanghai) and was distributed worldwide. Funahashi moved back to Tokyo in 2007 and started directing films and television dramas in Japan. Deep in the Valley (2009), his first Japanese film, was invited to Berlin, Hong Kong, Cinema Digital Seoul, and numerous film festivals around the world.

Yuriko Furuhata
Yuriko Furuhata is Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies and a faculty member of the World Cinemas Program at McGill University. She works in the areas of film and media theory, Japanese cinema and media studies, visual culture, and critical theory. She is the author of Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. She has published articles in journals such as Grey Room, Screen, Animation, Semiotica and New Cinemas. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled The Rise of Control Room Aesthetics, exploring the historical connections between Japanese expanded cinema and video art, multimedia environments, and security technologies.

Lisette Gebhardt
Lisette Gebhardt is Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. She has published extensively on modern and contemporary Japanese fiction and intellectual history, on the new spirituality, the new poverty, and precarity in contemporary Japan, as well as on women’s fiction and youth subcultures. Her book on precarity and the new poverty in contemporary Japanese literature, Nach Einbruch der Dunkelheit : Zeitgenoessische japanische Literatur im Zeichen des Prekaeren (After Dark : Contemporary Japanese Literature in a Precarious Era) was published in 2010. In April 2011 Gebhardt started the collaborative project Fukushima Text Initiative, which involves Japan scholars and specialists from Goethe University, Leipizig University, and the University of Zurich. The project is an effort to translate into German significant Japanese contributions to the ongoing debate on the 3.11 triple disaster and the aftermath of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident. Gebhardt’s recent publications on post-Fukushima Japanese culture include Lisette Gebhardt, Yuki Masami, eds., Literature and Art after « Fukushima » : Four Approaches (2014), Lisette Gebhardt, Steffi Richter, eds., Lesebuch « Fukushima »  : Uebersetzungen, Kommentare, Essays (2013), and Thomas M. Bohn, Thomas Feldhoff, Lisette Gebhardt, Arndt Graf eds., The Impact of Disaster : Social and Cultural Approaches to Fukushima and Chernobyl (2015).

Carmella Gray-Cosgrove
Carmella Gray-Cosgrove is currently completing her master’s thesis in human geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland with the Abandoned Mines Project. Based around a three-month residence in Délı̨nę working with the Délı̨nę First Nation, her research examines the discursive work of atomic representations, the lived experiences of radiation in Délı̨nę, NWT, and the epistemological tensions between the Délı̨nę First Nation and the Canadian government around human health and mine remediation. An overview of some of this work, entitled Picturing uranium, producing art: A.Y. Jackson’s Port Radium collection, can be found on

Karena Kalmbach
Karena Kalmbach received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2014 after defending her thesis on “Meanings of a Disaster: The Contested ‘Truth’ about Chernobyl. British and French Chernobyl Debates and the Transnationality of Arguments and Actors.” She is now a postdoctoral researcher with the Environmental Policy Research Centre of the Freie Universität Berlin and acts as the co-ordinator of the Nuclear International Research Group (NIRG). For further information on Karena’s academic career, her publications and conference talks, please visit the website:

Arn Keeling
Arn Keeling is a historical-cultural geographer at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. His work examines the historical and contemporary encounters of northern Indigenous communities with large-scale resource developments, including uranium mining. A new SSHRC Insight  project examines the historical geography of waste, pollution and toxicity in the Canadian North. He is co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory (University of Calgary Press) and a series of recent papers examining indigenous encounters with mineral development. With historian John Sandlos, he co-ordinates a community-based research project examining the toxic legacies and long-term hazards of Yellowknife’s Giant Mine.

Saeko Kimura
Saeko Kimura is Professor of Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies at Tsuda College, Tokyo, Japan. Her research and teaching focuses on classical and medieval Japanese literature, gender studies, modern Japanese literature, and transnational cultural studies. Her publications include two monographs — Homosexuality and Love Tales: The Imperial Court  and Political Power (Koi suru monogatari no homosexuality : Kyûtei shakai to kenryoku, Tokyo: Seidosha, 2008), and Breasts for Whom?: Sexuality and Power in Japanese Medieval Tales (Chibusa wa dare no mono ka ? Nihon chûsei monogatari ni miru sei to kenryoku, Tokyo: Shinyosha, 2009) — which were awarded the Japanese Women’s History Studies Prize in 2009. She has also published  A Brief History of Sexuality in Premodern Japan (Tallinn: TLU Press, 2010), and a study of post-Fukushima literature, film, and culture entitled Shinsaigo bungakuron : Atarashii Nihon bungaku no tame ni (Post-3.11 Japanese Literature : Towards a National Literary Revival, Tokyo : Seidosha, 2013). In the winter semester 2015 Kimura will teach a course on post-3.11 Japanese literature and culture at the University of Montreal.

Erika Kobayashi
Erika Kobayashi is a writer and comics artist currently based in Tokyo. In 2008-2009 she studied in New York as an Asian Cultural Council/ Rockefeller Foundation Fellow. 
Kobayashi has authored the novel Madame Curie to choshoku wo (Breakfast with Madame Curie, 2014), which was nominated for Japan’s most prestigious literary awards, the Mishima Yukio Award and the Akutagawa Award in 2014.
Other works by Kobayashi include the manga/graphic novel Hikari no kodomo 1 LUMINOUS (Children of Light : Luminous, 2013),which traces the history of the atom and of radiation ; and the autobiographical Shin’ai naru Kitty tachi e : Your Dear Kitty (Dear Kitty, 2011), which is based on  the diaries of Anne Frank and on the diary of Kobayashi’s real father.
Another recent publication is Wasurerarenai no I can’t forget (2013), a book including the artist’s recent texts, drawings, and comics.

Sabu Kohso
A native of Japan, Sabu Kohso is an independent scholar, writer, and translator living in New York. He has published several books on urban struggles and anarchism in Japan and Korea; translated books by theorists such as Kojin Karatani and Arata Isozaki (from Japanese to English), David Graeber and John Holloway (from English to Japanese). He cofounded the website; some of his writings in English can be read at <>.

Thomas Lamarre
Thomas Lamarre is Professor of Film, Media and East Asian Studies at McGill University. He is the author of The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (Minnesota UP, 2009); Anime mashin: Gurobaru media toshite no Nihon animeshon (Japanese translation of The Anime Machine, The University of Nagoya Press, 2013); Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Juni’ichiro on Cinema and Oriental Aesthetics (University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, 2005); Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archeology of Sensation and Inscription (Duke University Press, 2000). Uncovering Heian Japan was awarded the John Whitney Hall Book Prize. The Anime Machine has been awarded the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) Katherine Kovacs Book Award, Honorable Mention, and the European Association for Japanese Studies Best Book Award. Lamarre has just completed a book on the anime screen as media ecology which will be published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Thomas Looser
Tom Looser is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at NYU. His areas of research include cultural anthropology and Japanese studies; art, architecture and urban form; new media studies and animation; and critical theory. A senior editor for the journal Mechademia, he is the author of Visioning Eternity: Aesthetics, Politics, and History in the Early Modern Noh Theater (Cornell East Asia Program, 2008), and has published articles in a variety of venues including Japan ForumMechademiaShingenjitsuJournal of Pacific Asia, and Cultural Anthropology.

Lisa Lynch
Lisa Lynch is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism, Concordia University, Montreal. She works broadly at the intersection between culture, technology, and political change, publishing, presenting and teaching her research in the fields of new media, global media flows, visual culture and human rights. From 2004-2006, she was the director, along with Elena Razlogova (now Assistant Professor of History at Concordia) of the Guantanamobile Project, a multimedia documentary about the U.S. detention of prisoners at Guantanamo. Her work has appeared in publications ranging from Journalism Practice and New Literary History to Open Democracy and The Arab Studies Journal. She is currently at work on two book projects : one on the representation of the post-cold war nuclear threat in film, museums and the visual arts, and another on the ever-increasing boundary skirmishes between traditional, institutional sites of facticity and newer, contingent sites of authority.

Cécile Massart
Cécile Massart is a visual artist who works in a variety of media including engraving, photography, computer graphics, video, sculpture and installations. She also creates artist’s books. She has taught at the École des Arts d’Ixelles, at the École Supérieure des Arts Plastiques et Visuels in Mons and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels La Cambre in Brussels. She is also co-founder of the Art school of Loulé in Portugal and has founded the Carré publishing house. From 1980 to 1989 Cécile led the projects of the group “Missing Ink”. During this time she also produced two series of works entitled Graph and Pixel Story. In 1994, Cécile began to research and work on the issue of concealed storage sites of radioactive waste in Europe and worldwide. The resulting artworks appeared under the title “Un site archivé pour alpha, bêta, gamma”. Today, through her arworks and writings, Cécile intends to educate the public and the relevant authorities about the necessity of clearly identifying these highly toxic repositories. For this purpose, the artist is developing specific markers that give current and future generations a strong identifying and warning signal.

Cécile Massart has works in numerous private and public collections including the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Musée d’Ixelles, the collection of the Wallonia-Brussels federation, BNP Paribas, Belfius, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Musée de Louvain-la-Neuve (B), the Museu de Arte Contemporanea Sao Paulo, the town of Loulé, (PT), FRAC Alsace (F), the towns of La Louvière and Manage (B), the Royal Museum of Mariemont (B), Andra (F), Ondraf/Niras (B), the Bibliothèque Nationale Universitaire Strasbourg, the King Baudouin Foundation, the Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique, the Ambassy of Belgium in Riyadh, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Verviers (B), the Sharjah Art Museum.

Livia Monnet
Livia Monnet is Professor of Comparative Literature, Film/Media, and Japan Studies at the University of Montreal. She has published widely on Japanese environmental literature and film, Japanese thought and aesthetics, animation theory and philosophy, feminist fiction and theory, and contemporary art. Her translations and studies of the well-known Minamata writer and activist Michiko Ishimure have opened new areas of inquiry in ecocriticism and environmental humanities. Her forthcoming work includes a monograph on history and memory in contemporary time-based installations, and articles on temporality in dance films and on the nuclear imagination in Japanese animation. An essay collection on radiation ecologies and nuclear humanities is in preparation. Monnet’s publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Japan Forum, Mechademia, Science Fiction Studies, and Asiatische Studien, as well as in anthologies published by Palgrave MacMillan, University of Minnesota Press, Stanford UP, and other university presses.

Majia Nadesan
Majia Nadesan is a Professor of Communication Studies in Arizona State University’s New College. Her interdisciplinary research examines the ethical and political implications of societal governing logics and risk management strategies in varied context, ranging from autism to radiation health protection. Her recent publications include Fukushima and the Privatization of Risk (Routledge, 2013) and Governmentality, biopower, and everyday life (Palgrave, 2011/2008).

John O’Brian
John O’Brian is Professor of Art History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His books include David Milne and the Modern Tradition of Painting, Ruthless Hedonism: The American Reception of Matisse and Clement Greenberg: The Collected Essays and Criticism, which he edited. His current research is on the engagement of photography with the atomic era. He has published two books – Atomic Postcards: Radioactive Messages from the Cold War (2011)  and Camera Atomica (2014) – and organized two exhibitions – Strangelove’s Weegee (2013) and After the Flash (2014) – on the subject.

Thomas Pringle
Thomas Patrick Pringle is a PhD student with the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, where he studies media ecology as a SSHRC Doctoral and Brown Presidential fellow. He holds a Master’s in Cultural Studies from McGill, where he researched with the Moving Image Research Laboratory, the Senselab Montreal, and co-founded Montreal’s environmental media project ‘Cinema Out of the Box’. Thomas has recently published articles in NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies and The Journal of Film and Video.

Eric Savoy
Eric Savoy is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Université de Montréal, where he teaches comparative poetics. Broadly deconstructive, his work focuses on the rapport among French literary theory, psychoanalysis, and classic and contemporary American literature. His current book project is ‘Conjugating the Subject: Henry James and the Hypothetical.’

Susan Schuppli
Susan Schuppli is an artist and writer based in London. She is Senior Lecturer and Acting Director of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths where she received her doctorate in 2009. Her research practice examines media artefacts that emerge in sites of contemporary conflict and political violence. Creative projects have been exhibited throughout Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include HKW, Casino Luxembourg, Extra City Antwerp, Stroom Den Haag, Shanghai Biennale, Charlottenborg, and Bildmuseet, Sweden. Her written work has appeared in Cabinet, Photoworks, Borderlands, Cosmos & History, Memory Studies, Radical Philosophy, Ciel Variable, and has been published by Academia, Imprensa Nacional, Sternberg, Yale University, Cambridge Scholars, Black Dog, and Bloomsbury. She is author of the forthcoming book, Material Witness: Forensic Media and the Production of Evidence (MIT Press), which is also the subject of an experimental documentary.

Alanna Thain
Alanna Thain is Associate Professor of World Cinemas and Cultural Studies at McGill University. Her research connects affect, media, and the body, focusing on contemporary cinema, animation, and screen dance. Her book, Bodies in Time : Suspense, Affect, Cinema, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press. Alanna is currently completing two books, on Norman McLaren and on « Anarchival Cinemas, » exploring dance performance in post-cinematic production. Her work has appeared in journals such as Dance Research Journal, The Drama Review, and Inflexions as well as in essay collections published by Routledge, Wall Flower Press, and Oxford University Press.

Peter van Wyck
Peter C. van Wyck is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and writer with an abiding interest in the theoretical and practical relations between culture, nature, environment, landscape, memory and waste. His most recent book, The Highway of the Atom (McGill-Queens University Press) – winner of the 2011 Gertrude J. Robinson book award from the Canadian Communication Association – is a theoretical and archival investigation concerning the material and cultural history of uranium production in the North of Canada. In addition to a variety of articles, book chapters, critical reviews and creative texts, he is also author of Signs of Danger: Waste, Trauma, and Nuclear Threat (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and Primitives in the Wilderness: Deep Ecology and the Missing Human Subject (State University of New York Press, 1997). He is now working on several new projects concerning nuclear repositories, atomic media and the Anthropocene, apology, justice and the future.