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New Publication: “Disaster Data, Data Activism: Grassroots Responses to Representations of Superstorm Sandy”

Based on her work with Superstorm Research Lab, SRL member Max Liboiron has published a chapter on "Disaster Data, Data Activism: Grassroots Responses to Representations of Superstorm Sandy" in an edited volume on Extreme Weather and Global Media.

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Call for Papers: Resilience and the Anthropocene

This special issue of Resilience: Policies, Practices and Discourses will explore the indeterminate political ecologies opened by the Anthropocene and resilience.

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CFP: Disaster, Environment and Property: historical approaches, 19th-20th centuries

Taking a historic perspective focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries, the conference will explore the interactions between property systems, resources and environments, and the particular class of socio-ecological processes that is disasters. The conference will be held on 2-3 December 2015. Deadline for submission is 15 May 2015.

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CFP: Climate change, disasters and displacement

This issue of FMR, to be published in May 2015, aims to discuss the linkages between climate change, disasters and displacement, the impact of both internal and cross-border displacement, measures to prevent or reduce the likelihood of displacement, and approaches to ensure the protection of those who are displaced (or who are unable to move).

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Workshop: Can Laws Make Communities Safer from Disasters?

You will get a chance to participate in a South Asian legal experts forum to bring about innovative changes required in "Environmental and International Humanitarian Law concerning rescue, relief, rehabilitation and compensation for losses incurred during disasters".

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World of Matter

Ashley Dawson, a prof at CUNY and a friend of Superstorm Research Lab, has helped organize "World of Matter," an exhibit and conference mixing art and academe at the CUNY Graduate Center. Come on Tuesday, September 9th for the reception and book launch, and Wednesday for the conference.

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Announcing the National Disaster Resilience Competition

Responding to demand from state, local and tribal leaders who are working to increase the safety and security of their communities, the nearly $1 billion competition will invite communities that have experienced natural disasters to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters.

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CFP: Reframing Disaster & Postcolonial Disaster Frames

We consider the politics of remembering, commemorating, and supporting long-term recovery in relation to a range of compound catastrophes that have deep colonial roots. Given that Bhopal, Rwanda, and the Tsunami have all generated significant media interest alongside diverse forms of creative response (from art to social activism), this conference will explore how these and other postcolonial disasters have been defined and represented following the initial event. It will examine the particular challenges posed by different forms of disaster (industrial, environmental, social), and connect these with aid and reconstruction work across multiple sectors.

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New report on the roles of activists and community-based organizations after disasters.

The North Star Fund has released, "From the Edge of Disaster: How Activists and Insiders Can Use the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy to Make the City Safer," a research and recommendation report drawing on 30 interviews with community-based organizations (CBOs) and participation in dozens of meetings and conferences across the city over the past two years.

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CFP: Third International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction 5/15

The Third International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction (3ICUDR) will be held September 28–October 1, 2014 in Boulder, Colorado.

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Misdirection on the Hudson: Walking tour with SRL 5/3

Join SRL members Daniel Aldana Cohen and Liz Koslov for Misdirection on the Hudson: Wall Street, Climate Change, and the Transformation of Staten Island. Our walk begins at the charging bull, where we dissect the little-known ways Wall Street contributes to the climate change behind Sandy's destructive force. Then, on the Staten Island Ferry, we describe Sandy's aftermath for Staten Island residents, and how complex financial instruments—insurance schemes, mortgages, loans—have prolonged the storm's disastrous wake and kept homeowners from rebuilding. Off the ferry, during a quick stroll on the St George Waterfront, we explore what is being built with Wall Street's backing: a designer outlet mall, the hemisphere's largest ferris wheel, a luxury hotel—and a sustainability museum.

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“Fighting for Retreat after Sandy: The Ocean Breeze Buyout Tent on Staten Island”

SRL member Liz Koslov has published an article on “Fighting for Retreat after Sandy: The Ocean Breeze Buyout Tent on Staten Island” in Metropolitics. Ocean Breeze residents are part of a movement for post-Sandy home buyouts that extends across Staten Island’s East and South Shores. These residents want to do a “managed retreat” from the coast, so that their destroyed neighborhoods can be returned to wetlands that would protect nearby areas from future storms.

In the words of one participant, “People here are willing to give up their land to make those places more resilient. As well as trying to get their lives back on track, they’re willing to help other people that live up the beachfront from us. This is monumental.”

Read the full article here.

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Workshop on Mutual Aid Research Models and Methods 5/1

As part of Free University, SRL member Max Liboiron will be facilitating a workshop on Mutual Aid Research Models and Methods on Thursday, May 1 at 11AM in Madison Square Park.

Mutual aid is characterized by solidarity (fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests) and reciprocity (mutual, though not necessarily symmetrical, exchange). A mutual aid model does not only seek to “do no harm,” it also strives to reciprocate, to respond, and to cooperate. It takes the processes and practices of research, not only its results, as a place to do meaningful normative & activist work.  We will discuss some existing models and resources for transforming research ethics, methodologies, and methods for mutual aid and how they might be useful to participants. We will conclude by brainstorming other methods for inclusion in a future handbook.

 

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Workshop: Searching for the Historical Roots of the 3.11 Disasters in Japan (April 24-25)

This workshop seeks to intervene in current conversations surrounding the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters. A historical perspective on the origins of the 3.11 disasters has not been adequately incorporated into conversations on recovery, reconstruction, disaster preparedness, public health, and energy in Japan.

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SRL at the American Association of Geographers

Superstorm Research Lab will be presenting work at the American Association of Geographers conference in Tampa April 8-12, 2014.

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Public Bibliography on Occupy Sandy

We've created a public bibliography on Occupy Sandy that includes a mix of academic literature, journalism, websites, graphics, documentaries, presentations, and even some internal documents from Occupy Sandy.

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CFP: Applied Anthropology of Risk and Disasters

We are looking for new research manuscripts to include in this special issue of Human Organization. The will cover the historically-produced and ecological causes of catastrophes as well as studies of mitigation, risk-reduction, response, and aftermath and recovery.

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Alliance for a Just Rebuilding Releases Report on Rebuilding & Inequity

Alliance for a Just Rebuilding has just released a public report entitled, "How Sandy Rebuilding Can Reduce Inequity in New York City-- A Plan of Action for Mayor de Blasio from Sandy Survivors."

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CFP: Grounding Disaster STS

In particular, we seek to explore how Science and Technology Studies (STS) theories and methods might extend beyond academe: How can our work assist first responders, disaster managers, activists, scientists, public institutions, community-based organizations, and vulnerable groups that bear the brunt of effects and responses to disaster?

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Call for Papers: Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom-up

A conference at RPI, Troy NY, June 27-29 2014: Social problems are often addressed through the top-down forms of “distributive justice”: intervention from government agencies and regulations for example. But science and technology innovations have opened new possibilities for “generative justice”: bottom-up networks that strive for a more equitable and sustainable world through communitarian value generation. We invite presentation and panel proposals on the theory and practice of generative justice.

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