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Virtual Conference – Historical and Contemporary Studies of Disasters

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

OPEN COMMENT PERIOD FOR PUBLICLY POSTED MANUSCRIPTS
18-23 September 2012

For the workshop

Historical and Contemporary Studies of Disasters:
Placing Chernobyl, 9/11, Katrina, Deepwater Horizon, Fukushima and Other Events in Historical and Comparative Perspective

SHOT 2012 Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Sunday, 7 October 2012
Co-Sponsored by the SHOT Prometheans (Engineering) SIG, SHOT Asia Network, and Teach 3.11

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Preliminary Program

SESSION I: NATURAL/ANTHROPOGENIC DISASTERS
9:30-10:45am

Southern Brazil and natural disasters: an environmental history
Prof. Dr. Jo Klanovicz, Midwest State University, Guarapuava, Parana, Brazil

Remediating Arsenic-Contaminated Water in Bangladesh
Ann Johnson, University of South Carolina

“An Inevitable Consequence:” Changing Ideas of Prevention in the Oil Industry in the Wake of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill of 1969
Teresa Sabol Spezio, Department of History, UC Davis

“Falling Leaves: Defoliants, Dioxin, and Disaster in Vietnam”
Amy Hay, 2012 Rachel Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center, Munich, Germany; Assistant Professor, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Texas – Pan American

Technology and Natural Disaster: Reflections on a Changing Relationship
Matthias Heymann, Aarhus University, Denmark

SESSION II: DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RESPONSE IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
11:00am-12:15pm

Complex Catastrophe: Hurricane Katrina and the Warning Response Problem
Eric Paglia, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm Dr. Charles Parker, Uppsala University

Salient Features of Disaster Management Systems of Different Selected Countries
Dr. Rita Parihar, Dept. of Public Administration, H.P. University, India

Situated Questions, Situated Answers: How international exchange of academic questions can help the recovery process from disasters.
Chigusa Kita, Kansai University, Japan

Call it A ’Wash’? Conundrums of Technological Modernization and Flood Amelioration in Early 20th Century Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Philip Brown, Department of History, The Ohio State University

LUNCH
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Lunch (Details TBA)

SESSION III: CONTEMPLATING NUCLEAR AND OTHER TECHNOLOGIES
1:30pm-2:45pm

A socialist nuclear program. The Vrancea earthquake and the Bulgarian nuclear power plant.
Ivaylo Hristov, PhD candidate, Plovdiv University, Bulgaria; Eindhoven Technical University, Netherlands

Meanings of a disaster. The contested ‘truth’ about Chernobyl
Karena Kalmbach, Department of History and Civilization, European University Institute

Engineering Terrorism: A Comparison of Technological Expertise, Innovations, and Impact in Four Urban Terror Attacks, 1807-2011
Dr. Mats Fridlund, University of Gothenburg & University of Copenhagen

A Video Game to Overcome Limits in Thinking in Order to Contemplate Disaster
Martine Robert, PhD candidate, University of Aix en Provence (CEPERC)

SESSION IV: UNDERSTANDING FUKUSHIMA
3:00pm-4:15pm

The first perception of the Hiroshima tragedy in France before the Cold War: between fascination and repulsion
Robert Belot, Director of the RECITS laboratory, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard (France)
Zelda Chauvet, Doctoral student, RECITS

The Role of Nuclear Reactors in Japan-UK Relations in the Cold War
Kenzo Okuda, Independent Scholar

“Do-it-yourself (DIY) Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis”
Yasuhito Abe, University of Southern California

Displaced by Disasters: Patterns of evacuation after Fukushima
François Gemenne, DEVAST Project Coordinator, IDDRI – Sciences Po

CLOSING SESSION
4:30pm – 5:00pm

  • Free Writing Exercise
  • Closing Observations & Remarks
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