Naturalizing Disaster: Nature, Vulnerability, and Social History

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

Part III: Disaster as Inequality: Equity, Justice, and Rights

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

The final event of the Naturalizing Disaster series observes the impact of social asymmetry on the production and distribution of vulnerability across time and space, and the efforts to overcome injustices that arise out of 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.

Ravi Rajan -- Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute and Fellow, Tembusu College, National University of Singapore; Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Rob Nixon -- Rachel Carson Professor of English, Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison