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3. Keeping in mind that the goal of this workshop is to develop a (common) research agenda and to define future directions for our (not individual, but collective) research, what do you see as the emergent directions in which we need to go as a field or defined area of study?

  1. Nicolas Sternsdorff permalink

    One area that came out yesterday is how we can develop scholarship that is comparative. Not just in the sense of comparing two disasters, but also in how can disaster studies integrate event-based analysis with more structural analysis that cuts across time/space.

  2. Jen Schneider permalink

    I share Nico’s thought. More specifically, how might this meeting/group facilitate collaborations?

  3. Monamie Bhadra permalink

    Disaster studies should be more than performing autopsies, but an opportunity to understand the complex path dependencies and sets of poliical and epistemic processes that lead to disasters before they take place, especially in spaces where disasters are predicted. But this means disaster expands in time, emerging in deep history to the seemingly-discrete event and into an uncertain future. I think disaster studies should have this expansive view, but at the same time, perhaps we can work to identify cross-cutting themes that help anchor “time” as points of departure, for research in disasters.

  4. Sonja Schmid permalink

    To me, there were two strands of research emerging from the papers and our discussions yesterday, and I’d like to see them linked more (along the lines of Bill Konsella’s comment from yesterday, “are these maps talking to each other,” and if so, how exactly). Can we develop ways to bring into dialogue and actual engagement the study of community activism and bottom-up initiatives of knowledge production on the one hand, and the study of government, bureaucratic, and traditional expert structures of knowledge accreditation and management on the other? Could disasters open up possibilities for such interactions, and perhaps even play the role of a “focusing event” for this kind of engagement?

  5. Tamiyo Kondo permalink

    How knowledge formed by academic research can contribute to ongoing long-term recovery planning process after March 11?
    I think it difficult to do this for disaster mitigation, preparedness and response phases,
    but I think it possible for recovery phase which will continue at least 10 years.

  6. Ryuma Shineha permalink

    Yesterday, we shared variety of ideas and apporaches through provocative papaers. However, it seems that we have not held enough discussions for examing possibility of application of STS framwworks. What kind of STS frameworks can be applicated to disaster? How to combine to implicatons and perspectives of disaster studies and STS?

  7. Daniel Aldrich permalink

    A number of my colleagues in Tokyo and across Japan have entered into research partnerships with local communities across Tohoku. The IBasho and the Habitat for Humanity NGOs, for example, regularly interact with scholars as they seek assistance in understanding local phenomena and ensuring that their work receives necessary feedback. I wonder if this might be a broader model for engagement.

  8. Cathryn Carson permalink

    Thinking about it … agreeing on an agenda for research sort of presupposes a sense of what that research is for. I can see a research agenda around developing more cool progressive STS concepts (I don’t mean to sound so dismissive; I partly live in this space). I can see a different research agenda about making a dent in the nuclear world or in disaster response. And I can see another research agenda around working through the methodological challenges I acutely feel myself living in around agency, situationality, and the state of non-innocence on a complex and politically fraught scene.

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