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Naturalizing Disaster: Nature, Vulnerability, and Social History

Location: Classics Building, Room 110, 1010 E 59th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637

Part I: Conceptualizing Disaster/Producing Nature

A three-part lecture series examining the dynamic between nature, dislocation, and communities in an increasingly vulnerable world.

In the first event of the Naturalizing Disaster series, two researchers will consider how different cultural and disciplinary contexts inform both understands of and response to natural disaster.

This series examines conceptions of hazard, policies and practices for mitigating disaster, and environmental justice. The talks will explore the political ecology of drought, flood, earthquake, and famine through different historical, cultural, and disciplinary contexts. Our speakers include scholars and government officials who engage with disaster from an array of disciplinary and institutional perspectives. Drawing on historical and contemporary case studies, they will each consider distinct dimensions of the dynamic between nature, dislocation, and community vulnerability.

Louise Comfort--Porfessor of Public and International Affairs and Director, Center for Disaster Management, University of Pittsburgh

Kathleen Tierney -- Professor, Department of Sociology, Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center, Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder

Hosted by The Program on the Global Environment, part of The Center for International Studies at the University of Chicago