Mobile Cultures of Disaster Conference

22 March - 24 March 2017


City West Campus
University of South Australia
Adelaide, Australia

Event Details

Welcome Reception


Wednesday 22 March 2017




Kerry Packer Civic Gallery
Level 3, Hawke Building
City West Campus
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Thursday 23 March & Friday 24 March 2017


8.30am - 5.30pm daily 


Bradley Forum
Level 5, Hawke Building
City West Campus
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Participation is by invitation only.


According to a growing body of literature, the dangers and hazards that people around the world face in the 21st century are in many ways unparalleled. In order to confront these problems, there is a growing recognition that disasters and other social disruptions are cultural matters. This has stimulated research across the Asia-Pacific on the cultural determinants and consequences of disasters. However, the extent to which these concepts differ or intersect between various social contexts has remained less well- explored. Additionally, there is a need to further investigate how disasters cultures are mobile, in that culture is a phenomenon that circulates, as acutely evident in the rise of social media.

The aim of the conference is to bring together prominent academics, specialists and policy analysts across the world to investigate the cultural and mobile aspects of disasters. The conference principally seeks to stimulate research on how disasters are mobile and cultural phenomena. It asks participants to consider how disasters circulate around various parts of the world. This refers to the ways in which disasters involve movement and cultural exchange in terms of how they are managed, experienced and socially constructed.

Keynote speakers

Yoshimi, ShunyaShunya Yoshimi is a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III).  His research spans sociology, cultural studies, and media studies. His past teaching positions include associate professor at the University of Tokyo Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, associate professor and currently full professor at the university’s Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies. He studies contemporary Japanese pop culture, everyday life, and cultural politics from the perspective of dramaturgy.


Monika BuscherMonika Büscher is Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UK. She is Director of the Centre for Mobilities Research and Associate Director at the Institute for Social Futures. Her research explores the digital dimension of contemporary ‘mobile lives’ with a focus on IT ethics and risk governance. Her interdisciplinary, experimental, engaged public sociology explores and shapes socio-technical futures. She currently leads research on the informationalization of risk governance, exploring opportunities and challenges in national and international projects (BRIDGE, SecInCoRe).

Conference convenors 

Anthony ElliottProfessor Anthony Elliott Anthony Elliott is Dean of External Engagement at the University of South Australia, where he is Research Professor of Sociology and Executive Director of the Hawke EU Centre. He is Global Professor (Visiting) of Sociology at Keio University, Japan and Visiting Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin, Ireland. Internationally acclaimed for his research on identity studies, he has developed an original account of how globalisation and the mobility revolution are transforming the contemporary world. He is author and editor of some 40 books – which have been translated in 17 languages.

Eric HsuDr Eric L. Hsu is a Lecturer at the Hawke Research Institute and in the School of Communications, International Studies, and Languages at the University of South Australia. His primary research interests are located in the sociology of sleep, disasters research, and in the sociological study of time, especially on the issue of social acceleration. He is co-editor of The Consequences of Global Disasters (Routledge, 2016) and his work has recently appeared in Sociology, Time & Society, and the Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour.


Conference Organising Committee Members

Seongbin HwangProfessor Seongbin Hwang is a professor of Media Sociology, Rikkyo University, Japan. His research and publications have dealt extensively with media representation, focusing on the representation of ‘otherness’ and national identity. He earned his B.A. in politics from Yonsei University in Korea and came to Japan as an exchange student in 1990. He holds a doctorate in applied sociology and a master's degree in sociology from Rikkyo University. He is currently affiliated with Monash Asia Institute in Melbourne, Australia and also with Fujen Catholic University in Taiwan as a visiting professor.

Masahiro OginoProfessor Masahiro Ogino is a professor in the School of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He is a foreign expert for State High-end Project at Chinese National Academy of Arts. His primary research interests lie in the field of the sociology of culture, disasters, and social theory. He published Fissures, Kobé, 17 janvier 1995, le séisme (Ed. De la Villette, Paris, 1998) and his recent work on catastrophe and time has appeared in Communications (Seuil, Paris, 2015).


Louis EverussLouis Everuss lectures in sociology at the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages at the University of South Australia. His primary research interests are located in the sociological study of migration, globalization and climate change. His work has recently been accepted for publication or published in the Journal of Sociology and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.


Mikako SuzukiMikako Suzuki is a PhD candidate at University of South Australia and Keio University. She is doing double PhD between University of South Australia and Keio University. She specializes in social theory concerning cosmopolitanism and globalization. Her research interests include cosmopolitanism as a theory to deepen our understandings of this highly globalized world. A recent publication includes ‘Cosmopolitanism as a New Alternative in the Globalisation Era: Examining Its Actuality and Difficulty’ (The Journal of Studies in Contemporary Social Theory, vol. 8, in Japanese).


Download Program HERE (pdf)


New tactics needed to manage global disasters, UniSA News Room, March 16, 2016

Mobile Cultures of Disaster Welcome Reception on 22 March 2017 at Kerry Packer Civic Gallery UniSA

Conference Video

Watch conference video HERE.

Photo Gallery


The conference has received generous funding from the Japan Foundation and is also supported by Hawke Research Institute at the University of South Australia, the School of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University, and the College of Sociology at Rikkyo University. Due to this support, there are no registration fees for the ‘Mobile Cultures of Disaster’ Conference.


Dr Eric L. Hsu
Lecturer, School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, UniSA

Dr Louis Everuss
Research Assistant, Hawke EU for Mobilities, Migrations and Cultural Transformations, UniSA

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