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Disaster Information Management and Public Collaboration Division
International Research Promotion Office

Sébastien Penmellen Boret (Associate Prof.)
Sébastien Boret holds an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University. Boret is the author of ‘Japanese Tree Burial: Kinship, Ecology and Death’ (Routledge 2014). His current research concerns the politics of memorialisation in post-disaster societies in which he examines the concepts and roles of memory, religion and the State. His main fieldwork areas are Japan and Indonesia. Boret has taught at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University (UK), Rigas Stradina University (Latvia) and Tohoku Gakuin University (Japan). 


Drawing from anthropological methods and theories, this research project examines the politics and the role of memorialisation. The first part of this project is an investigation of the processes of memorialisation in post-disaster communities. The two field of research are the regions of northern Japan (Tohoku) hit by the Great East Japan Disaster on March 11 2011 and the northern tip of Indonesia (Aceh) ravaged by the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami on December 26 2004. The second part of this project is to understand how the ways in which tsunamis and natural disasters are remembered impact on the broader scheme of disaster preparedness. Drawing from the approach of applied anthropology, we endeavour to develop recommendations and inform the work of NGOs, international agencies, local and national governments and other stakeholders.
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