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Lecture: 'Before and Beyond the Disaster Movement'

Event Details

November 9, 2017
5:00 pm-7:00 pm

Machmer Hall

Room: E24

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

Disaster anthropologist, Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith, will present "Before and Beyond the Disaster Movement: Anthropology & History of Disasters." 

The talk will explore how the traditional focus in disaster research is expanding beyond the extremely limited time and space scales of impact.  Disasters now are understood to involve far more than spatially delimited, temporally demarcated physical triggering events.  Rather they are systemic processes that unfold over time.  Their causes are deeply embedded in societal history, structure and organization, and human-environment relations.  As such, the longitudinal and holistic approach of anthropological theory and method are now moving toward the forefront of disaster research, policy and management.

Co-sponsored by the Cultural and Heritage in European Societies and Spaces Program (CHESS),  SBS Research Council,  School of Public Policy, Communications, and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)