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2019 RILAS Annual Forum “How should we record and pass down the stories of industrial labour and experiences? : The case of coal mining” (7 December 2019)

How should we record and pass down the stories of industrial labour and experiences?
The case of coal mining

Waseda University Research Institute for Letters Arts and Sciences (RILAS)
2019 Annual Forum

7 December 2019
Venue: Waseda University International Conference Centre (Capacity: 400)

The aim of this forum is to explore methods of recording (archiving, etc.) and disseminating historical experiences in particular industries, with a specific focus on coal mining in the UK-Japan context. We will focus particularly on the decline of the coal industry, the universality of labour processes, community formation (including the maintenance of labour and lifestyles), and specific archiving questions in a comparative frame. Through a focus on labour, this forum will examine both records (including the experiences of women’s labour) and cultural heritage.


Opening 10:00 – 10:10am

Session 1: Exploring Archives from the Viewpoint of Museums
10:10 – 11:55

Chair: Shimanishi Tomoki (Toyo University)
Speakers: Mr Shaun McLoughlin (National Coal Mining Museum England), Mr Fukumoto Hiroshi (Tagawa City Coal History Museum)
Commentator: Dr Bernard Thomann (INALCO, Maison Franco-Japonaise)

Session 2: Exploring Archives from the Viewpoint of International Researchers
13:00 – 14:45

Chair: Nakazawa Hideo (Chuo University)
Speakers: Dr Mark Pendleton (The University of Sheffield), Shimizu Taku (Waseda University)
Commentator: Dr. Chelsea Szendi Schieder (Aoyama Gakuin University)

Session 3: Exploring Archives from a Historical Viewpoint
15:00 – 16:45

Chair: Shimazaki Naoko (Waseda)
Speakers: Professor Keith Gildart (University of Wolverhampton), Kumagai Hiroko (documentary filmmaker)
Commentator: Yoshii Hiroaki (Nihon University)

Conclusions        16:45 – 17:00

RILAS ‘Methodological Research into the Accumulation and Application of Knowledge’
‘New Directions in Coal Mining History and Heritage in the UK and Japan’ (Pendleton)
JAFCOF (Nakazawa Hideo, Chuo University)
Supporters: Maison Franco-Japonaise

Followed by a social gathering at Waseda University.

Flyer (in Japanese, PDF)

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