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Lab Café Special featuring Search Project - "The Here and Now of Disaster Volunteers"

2016-6-14 (Tue) 19:00 - 21:00

Nowadays, we've become accustomed to hearing the term "disaster volunteer," but since the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in 1995, also referred to as the origin of the "disaster volunteer," we've seen numerous disasters, such as the Chuetsu offshore earthquake and Tohoku earthquake, all of which have cemented the existence of the disaster volunteer. In this café, we'll take a look at the mechanisms of the disaster volunteer and focus on how environmental activity can be improved by welcoming Prof. ATSUMI Tomohide, an expert in "group dynamics," in which he performs practical research together with related individuals at disaster sites, to speak with us about the past and present of disaster volunteers. We'd also like to hold a dialogue with attendees on the challenges and possibilities of disaster volunteers in a time immediately following the Kumamoto Oita earthquakes in April, a period in which the role and significance of the disaster volunteer have been greatly emphasized.


ATSUMI Tomohide (Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University)

Café Masters

KINOSHITA Chieko, KUBOTA Tetsu (Steering committee members, Art Area B1)

With Support by:

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"

What is Lab Café?

A major program instituted at Art Area B1, "Lab Café" is designed and implemented by the Center for the Study of Communication-Design. Lab Café is an interactive program in which participants have wide-ranging discussions on a variety of topics. The program aims to make the station a communication space in the arts and academia by taking up various themes in philosophy, art, science and technology and providing the general public with chances to be exposed to expertise on those topics.

What is Art Area B1?

The concourse of the first basement of Naniwabashi Station was set up as Art Area B1 when the Keihan Electric Railway's Nakanoshima Line was opened on October 19, 2008. Since then, the project has aimed to make the station a center of artistic communication.

Date: 2016-6-14 (Tue) 19:00 - 21:00
Organizer: Art Area B1 (Osaka University, NPO Dance Box, Keihan Electric Railway)
Sponsored: Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) Science and Technology Communication Promotion Project, "Network Formation Type"
Venue: Art Area B1 (1st Basement Concourse, Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line)
Registration: Registration is not required for this seminar.
Contact: Osaka University Center for the Study of Communication-Design

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