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Sébastien Penmellen Boret


Institute of Geographical Sciences

Disaster Research Unit (DRU)

Associate Member

Carl-Heinrich-Becker-Weg 6-10
12165 Berlin


  • Ph.D. Oxford Brookes University
  • M.Phi. (masters), Oxon, Social Anthropology
  • Disaster anthropology
  • Anthropology of rituals
  • Ethnology of Japan
  • death
  • collective memory
  • disaster
  • Japan, Indonesia, Europe
  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (2018): The Contributions of Memorials in the Construction of a Sustainable Community after the Disaster - Cases of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, In Hiroki Takakura and Mutsumi Yamaguchi (eds), Local culture after the earthquake and ethnic poetry of the victims, Tokyo: Shinsensha Publishing, pp: 163-180.
  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen and Akihiro Shibayama (2017): The Roles of Monuments for the Dead during the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2017.09.021
  • Akihiro Shibayama; Boret, Sébastien Penmellen; Shosuke Sato and Fumihiko Imamura (2017): The Roles of Archiving in Earthquake Studies: The Case of the Great East Japan Earthquake, Proceedings of the 2016 World Conference of Earthquake Engineering, January.
  • Akihiro Shibayama and Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (2016): Shinsai ākaibu o ri katsuyō suru tame no kenri shori no arikata ni tsuite, Tōhoku chiiki saigai kagaku kenkyū(Methods for handling and using disaster archives, Tohoku area disaster science research), Vol. 52, pp: 241-244.
  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen and Akihiro Shibayama (2016) Archiving and Memorializing Disasters: Report of a UN international Workshop, Journal of Disaster Research, pp: 213-218.
  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (2015): Human responses to Coastal Flooding: Engineering, Social Innovation and Coastal Communities, Proceedings of the World Engineering Conference and Convention, March.


  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (2014): Japanese Tree Burials: Kinship, Ecology and the Culture of Death, London: Routledge.  Published in paperback in 2016.          
  • Boret, Sébastien Penmellen (2017): Death in the Early Twenty-First Century: Authority, Innovation and Mortuary Rites, co-edited with Susan Orpett Long and Sergei Kan, New York: Palgrave MacMillan.