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Keynote Lecture by Janet Hunter at the Annual Conference

06.Okt 2011

On Thursday evening, Prof. Janet Hunter (London School of Economics) gave a keynote lecture at the Cluster’s Annual Conference about the market turmoils after the 1923 earthquake in Japan.

Under the title "The Markets have Collapsed into Complete Confusion: Market Operation after the Great Kantō Earthquake of September 1923", Prof. Hunter examined how markets function in the immediate aftermath of major disasters. Focusing on the great earthquake of 1923 in Tokyo and Yokohama, she commented the ways in which producers, traders and consumers responded to the sudden collapse of infrastructure and altered patterns of demand and supply.

Prof. Janet Hunter is Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom. She is associated with the Asia Research Centre, the Department of Economic History, and the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). Her research interests include the economic development of Japan with particular reference to the late 19th and early 20th century.

The Annual Conference 2011 of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context" takes place from October 5 to 7 at Heidelberg University. About 100 scholars from the Cluster and around the globe discuss the conference theme "Frontiers of Knowledge: Health, Environment and the History of Science". The conference is organised by Research Area C "Health & Environment" chaired by Prof. Harald Fuess.

For more information please visit the conference website


  • Prof. Janet Hunter