Tomoe Otsuki is an independent scholar based in Montreal. Her research focuses on cultural studies, trauma studies, postcolonialism and environmental humanities with a special focus on Japanese history and politics, and the ongoing issue of historical (in)justice related to the Asian victims of Japanese imperialism. She is currently conducting research on how the communities, which lost a significant number of their residents to the 3/11 tsunami, resist the national narrative of recovery that has prevailed in Japan, and how memory of atomic bomb victimhood was coopted by medical scientists and policymakers in the United States and Japan to produce the atomic bomb discourse “Radiation Studies for Peace” in the postwar years. She is also working with a Japanese citizen group towards the establishment of laws that guarantee the right to evacuation from radiation-contaminated land and the right to participate in recuperation programs fully funded by the Japanese government in order to protect the people affected by the radiation disaster of Fukushima.
She is a recipient of a FRQSC Postdoctoral fellowship that will enable her to conduct research at the Institute of Japan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
2015. The Politics of Reconstruction and Reconciliation in U.S-Japan Relations—Dismantling the Atomic Bomb Ruins of Nagasaki’s Urakami Cathedral. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
2016. Reinventing Nagasaki: the Christianization of Nagasaki and the revival of an imperial legacy in postwar Japan. Inter-Asian Cultural Studies
Keywords: Cultural studies; trauma studies; postcolonialism; environmental humanities; Japanese studies; Japan-U.S. relations