講 題:「When Vulnerability was Hidden: Disaster and the Nuclear Village in Japan」
主講人: Sulfikar Amir（南洋理工大學社會學系助理教授）
時 間: 2015年10月05日(週一) 中午12:30-14:00
地 點: 台灣大學社會社工系館101教室
This presentation discusses how vulnerability becomes hidden in a complex sociotechnical system, namely nuclear power station. Situated in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the presentation will examine several factors that contributed to the hidden vulnerability in Fukushima Daiichi. The focus is placed on the development of vulnerability at the micro level where human operators and technical components interact and linked to the socio-political environment at the broader level. It is posited that vulnerability is a process that unfolds over time and that the fragility of sociotechnical system is emergent in nature. Furthermore, vulnerability is likely to turn hidden due to the socio-political environment that undermines the potential risk of system accident. Integrating concepts from the sociology of disaster and STS, this presentation demonstrates the process in which the construction of vulnerability is inextricably intertwined with epistemological bias.
Sulfikar Amir is an associate professor in the Division of Sociology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He completed a PhD in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is currently working on a research project to study the origins of sociotechnical vulnerability in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. His research interests include technological politics, nationalism, risk, disaster, and resilience. He is the author of “The Technological State in Indonesia: the Co-constitution of High Technology and Authoritarian Politics” (Routledge, 2012).