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Vortragsreihe SoSe 2021: Japan’s Split Society Between Genbaku and Genpatsu: Media, Propaganda and Science

原爆と原発の間を揺れ動く日本: メディア・プロパガンダ・サイエンス

Eine Kooperation der Universität Leipzig und der Universität Köln im Rahmen des DFG-Projekts "Die gespaltene Gesellschaft. Diskursive Konstitution Japans zwischen Atombombe (genbaku) und Atomkraftwerk (genpatsu)".

In this online lecture series we want to examine the connectedness and differences of how “nuclear energy” (genpatsu) and the “atomic bomb(s)” (genbaku) were made (in)visible. We want to explore both fields and have a closer look on different types of media and will try to learn more about of how the “atomic issue” was made (in)visible using different approaches and methods.

If you are interested in participating these lectures, please click the following link and fill out the information sheet. We will than contact you and send you the login data for Zoom. LINK

All lectures will be conducted in Japanese. However, we will provide the PPT in English and will translate questions or comments from English to Japanese and vice versa.

For additional information or in case you have any questions please contact japans-split-society(at)


  1. April 23, 2021 (Friday), 11.00-12.30: The “Nuclear” – Searching for possibilities of its imagination and representation
    Prof. Steffi Richter (Department of Japanese Studies, University of Leipzig)
    Prof. Stephan Köhn (Department of Japanese Studies, University of Cologne)
  2. May 14, 2021 (Friday), 11.00-12.30: The Correlation of Godzilla and the Atom: The Relationship between the Atomic Bomb and Nuclear Power in the Japanese Mass Media of the 1950s
    Associate Prof. Akihiro Yamamoto (Kôbe City University of Foreign Studies General Culture)
  3. May 28, 2021 (Friday), 11:00 - 12:30: USIS Films and the Topic of the “Nuclear”
    Prof. Yuka Tsuchiya (Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Integrated Human Studies, Kyôto University)
  4. June 11, 2021 (Friday), 11:00 - 12:30: Making Radiation Effects (In)Visible: Discourses and Representations on Atomic-Bomb Victims
    Associate Prof. Maika Nakao (Hiroshima University Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences)
  5. June 18, 2021 (Friday), 11:00 - 12:30: Nuclear Propaganda that Brainwashed the Japanese People
    Ryū Homma (Nonfiction Writer)
  6. July 2, 2021 (Friday), 11:00 - 12:30: The Issues of Hibaku in Television Programs
    Kiyoshi Nanasawa (Senior Researcher, NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute)
  7. July 16, 2021 (Friday), 11:00 - 12:30: Introduction and Discussion of "NO NUKES: The Power of Film and Art Post 3/11" (2021)
    Prof. Mitsuyo Wada Marciano (Graduate School of Letters/ Faculty of Letters, Kyôto University)
  8. July 24, 2021 (Saturday), 11.00-12.30: How to teach ‘Atoms for Peace’: Field Report on Educational Films in the Context of the Tsuruga Nuclear Information Center”
    Felix Jawinski, M.A. (Department of Japanese Studies, University of Leipzig)

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