Writings

While completing a PhD at University of Wollongong and Hitotsubashi University between 2010 and 2015, I recognised that the nature of the university was changing from. I developed Kembla Translations in order to develop the skills I developed as a Japan scholar as I continued to work both inside and outside the academy. On this page you will find some of my writing in both scholarly and other registers. My current major research project looks at the history of the Australia-Japan relationship from the perspective of the transnational anti-nuclear movement.

Scholarly Publications

2020, ‘Transnational memory and the Fukushima disaster: memories of Japan in Australian anti-nuclear activism’, PORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, vol 17, nos 1–2, 136–51, <https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/index.php/portal/article/view/7094>.

2020, ‘Translating prefigurative politics: social networks and rhetorical strategies in the alter-globalisation movement’, The Translator, https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/4TYMGEWUKEYWTTPJRKRF/full?target=10.1080/13556509.2020.1750262.

2018, Anti-nuclear politics in post-Fukushima Tokyo: power struggles, Routledge, London, https://www.routledge.com/Anti-nuclear-Protest-in-Post-Fukushima-Tokyo-Power-Struggles/Brown/p/book/9781138563346.

Note: This book has been reviewed by Daniel P. Aldrich, 2020, Journal of Japanese Studies, vol. 46, no 2, pp. 423–28 and Robin O'Day, 2020, Monumenta Nipponica, vol. 75, no1, pp. 200–03.

2019, ‘Introducing Anti-nuclear Protest in Post-Fukushima Tokyo: Power Struggles‘, Disaster, Infrastructure and Society: Learning from the 2011 Earthquake in Japan, no 7, pp. 39–43.

2016, ‘Above and below the streets: a musical geography of anti-nuclear protest in Tokyo’, Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 20, pp. 82–9. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1755458616300044.

2015, ‘Remembering Hiroshima and the Lucky Dragon in ChimPom’s Level 7 feat. “Myth of Tomorrow”’, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, vol. 13, iss. 6, no 3, http://japanfocus.org/-Alexander-Brown/4279.

2015, ‘Power struggles: the strategies and tactics of the anti-nuclear movement in contemporary Tokyo’, PhD thesis, University of Wollongong, http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=5521&context=theses

2014, ‘A society in which people demonstrate: Karatani Kōjin and the politics of the anti-nuclear movement’, Proceedings of the 18th Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia, Australian National University, Canberra, http://japaninstitute.anu.edu.au/sites/default/files/u6/23AlexanderBrown-JSAA2013.pdf.

2012, ‘Attending the Global Conference for a Nuclear Free World in Yokohama’, Disaster, Infrastructure and Society: Learning from the 2011 Earthquake in Japan, no 2, pp. 40–45. http://hdl.handle.net/10086/23122.

2012, ‘Precarious times: the revolutionary potentiality of the present’, in C. Lawrence and N. Churn (eds), Movements in time: revolution, social justice and times of change, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle Upon Tyne, https://www.cambridgescholars.com/movements-in-time-16.

2007, ‘The Sydney Homoeopathic Dispensary: A Social History of Homoeopathy in Early Sydney’, Honours thesis, University of Wollongong.

Co-authored Publications

Alexander Brown and Catherine Tsukasa Bender, 2016 ‘The Global Hiroba: Transnational Spaces in Tokyo’s Anti-nuclear Movement’, in R.J. White, S. Springer, M.L. de Souza (eds), The practice of freedom: anarchism, geography and the spirit of revolt, Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, <https://www.rowmaninternational.com/book/the_practice_of_freedom/3-156-d7c7e1d6-970c-4d20-99db-a0e1678664f4>.

Alexander Brown and Vera Mackie, 2015, ‘Introduction: special issue on art and activism in post-disaster Japan’, The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, vol. 13, iss. 6, no 3, <https://apjjf.org/2015/13/6/Vera-Mackie/4277.html>.

Book Reviews

2020, Review of Gwyn McClelland, Dangerous Memory in Nagasaki: Prayers, Protests and Catholic Survivor Narratives (Routledge, 2020), electronic journal of contemporary Japanese studies, vol. 20, no 2, <http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/ejcjs/vol20/iss2/brown.html>.

2020, Review of Masao Sugiura, Against the Storm: How Japanese Print Workers Resisted the Military Regime, 1935–1945, Interface: A Journal for and About Social Movements (Interventions 2019), vol. 21, no 1, pp. 657–60, <https://www.interfacejournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Interface-12-1-reviews.pdf>.

2020, Review of David Chapman and Carol Hayes (eds), Japan in Australia: Culture, Context and Connections (Routledge, 2020), New Voices in Japanese Studies, vol. 12, pp. 117–20, <https://newvoices.org.au/volume-12/review_japan-in-australia-culture-context-and-connections/>.

2019, Review of Azumi Tamura, Post-Fukushima Activism: Politics and Knowledge in the Age of Precarity (Routledge, 2018), Interface: a journal for and about social movements, vol. 11, no 2, pp. 110–13, <https://www.interfacejournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Interface-11-2-reviews-1.pdf>.

2017, Review of Carl Cassegård, Youth movements, trauma and alternative space in contemporary Japan (Brill 2014), Japanese Studies, vol. 37, no 1, pp. 140–2.

Review of Anne Allison, Precarious Japan (Durham 2013), Asian Studies Review, vol. 40, no 2, pp. 308–10.

Review of Karatani Kōjin, History and repetition, edited by Seiji M. Lippit (Columbia 2012), Japanese Studies, vol. 32, no 3, pp. 480–2.

Review of Gender and labour in Korea and Japan: sexing class (New York 2009), Intersections, no 28, http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue28/brown_review.htm.

Other Publications

2021, ‘Ten Years Since Fukushima: A Transpacific Perspective’, New Zealand Asian Studies Society blog, 15 March, https://www.nzasia.org.nz/blog/ten-years-since-fukushima-a-transpacific-perspective.

2020. ‘Kamishibai as Peacemaking’, Kamishibai Newsletter (International Kamishibai Association of Japan), vol. 16, pp. 4–6.

2020. ‘From Academia to Freelance Translation, and Back Again’, AUSIT In Touch: Magazine of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators, vol. 28, no 1, Autumn, pp. 18–19.

2019, ‘From Ranger to Fukushima’, Chain Reaction, no 136, August, https://www.foe.org.au/ranger_to_fukushima_uranium

2018, ‘I saw myself as an activist, an organiser and a political cadre: an interview with Nick Southall (part 2)’, The Word From Struggle Street, 13 December, https://thewordfromstrugglestreet.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/i-saw-myself-as-an-activist-an-organiser-and-a-political-cadre-an-interview-with-nick-southall-part-2/

2018, ‘The party was like our family: an interview with Nick Southall (part 1)’, The Word From Struggle Street, 12 November, https://thewordfromstrugglestreet.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/the-party-was-like-our-family-an-interview-with-nick-southall-part-1/

2018, ‘The anti-nuclear movement and street politics in Japan after Fukushima’, Asian Currents, 25 June, http://asaa.asn.au/anti-nuclear-movement-street-politics-japan-fukushima.

‘Anti-nuclear love songs: the music of resistance in post-Fukushima Japan’, Upswell, no 1. http://www.upswellmag.com/anti-nuclear-love-songs-the-music-of-resistance-in-post-fukushima-japan–upswell-magazine/anti-nuclear-love-songs-the-music-of-resistance-in-post-fukushima-japan.

2014, ‘Busting the budget in Wollongong’, The Word From Struggle Street, 17 June, https://thewordfromstrugglestreet.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/busting-the-budget-in-wollongong/.

Hike Report: http://kemblatranslations.com/?page_id=51

Love As Politics

In Japanese

2013, ‘Uran saikutsu o tometara, genpatsu wa tomaru: hankaku undō no nichigō rentai ni mukete’, People’s Plan, no 60, pp. 4–8.

2013, ‘Hankaku undō no nichigō rentai ni mukete: uran saikutsu o tometara, genpatsu mo tomaru’, call, no 1, 11 March.

Edited Special Issues of Journals

2019, Guest Editor, New Voices in Japanese Studies, vol. 12, <https://newvoices.org.au/volume-12/>.

2015, Brown, A. & Mackie, V. (eds), Special Issue on Art and Activism in Post-Disaster Japan, The Asia-Pacific Journal, vol. 13, iss. 6, no 3, <http://japanfocus.org/-Alexander-Brown/4277/article.html>.