Associate Professor Sébastien Penmellen Boret

Anthropologist of disaster, death, grief, public health, disaster and the environment in Japan and Indonesia.

Sébastien Boret is an Associate Professor with Tohoku University's International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS). Boret holds an M.Phil. in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes University. He is the author of ‘Japanese Tree Burial: Kinship, Ecology and Death’ (Routledge 2014).

His current research concerns the politics of memorialisation in post-disaster societies in which he examines the concepts and roles of memory, religion and the State. His main fieldwork areas are Japan and Indonesia. Boret has taught at the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University (UK), Rigas Stradina University (Latvia) and Tohoku Gakuin University (Japan). 

He is featured in Focus On: Disasters, an Asia Research News resource for journalists to find stories and sources.


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