Masahiro Terada

Visiting Scholar (Oct 2016-Nov 2016)

MA, Visiting Associate Professor, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Masahiro Terada is a historian who belongs to the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (Kyoto, Japan) as a visiting associate professor. Starting as a socio-economic historian of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, his research interest shifted to the problem of historical representation and narrative of history. Now, based on the method of metahistory, he concentrates on analyzing the Anthropocene concept from a viewpoint of historical narrative. He also focuses on the human condition during and after devastating natural and manmade disasters. In the “Anthropocene Campus/The Technosphere Issue” held in HKW in April 2016, he convened the seminar “Co-evolutionary Perspectives on the Technosphere” with Manfred Laubichler, Daniel Niles, and Jürgen Renn. He contributed to exhibitions including “Someday, for somebody: Museum of memory after the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake,” Kobe: CAP House, 2005; and “Documenting Disaster 1703-2003: Earthquake, Volcanic Explosion, Tsunami, and Reconstruction, Chiba” at the National Museum of Japanese History, 2003.


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The Anthropocene Discourse as a Historical Narrative


Selected Publications

Terada, Masahiro (2018). Katasutorohu to jikan: kioku/katari to rekishi no seisei [Catastrophe and Time: Memory, Narrative, and the Energeia of History]. RIHN Book Series of Environmental Humanities. Kyoto: Kyoto University Press.

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Terada, Masahiro (2018). “Between Active and Passive: Japanese Language and Environmental Subjectivity in the Epoch of the Anthropocene.” In Transdisciplinary Research Manifest [Japanese], ed. Y. Mimura, I–IV. Kyoto: Research Institute for Humanity…

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Terada, Masahiro (2018). “Choko toshiteno sentangijutsuto miraishi wo kakukoto [Technology as Symptom and Writing the ‘History’ of Future].” Humanity & Nature Newsletter 71: 5–5.

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Terada, Masahiro (2016). “The reed, slime mold, and sprout : on becoming and the form of time.” Anthropocene Curriculum (Website) : Campus 2016, Co-Evolutionary Perspectives on the Technosphere, no. 01.11.2016: 1–6. http://www.anthropocene…

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Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities

Nature, Artificiality, and Becoming. Seminar "Co-evolutionary perspective on the Technosphere"

Berlin: Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Anthropocene Curriculum
Nature, Artificiality, and Becoming: Anthropocene/ Technosphere Thesis as a Historical Narrative.

Kyoto: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

[Workshop] Conceptualizing the persistence of human-environmental knowledge through time, objects, and landscapes
The Anthropocene concept and Japanese historical narrative: Becoming, nature, and artificiality

Kyoto: Research Institute for Humanity and Nature