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SRL on “The Fantasy of Disaster Response: Governance and Social Action During Hurricane Sandy”

SRL members Max Liboiron and David Wachsmuth have recently published an article on “The Fantasy of Disaster Response: Governance and Social Action During Hurricane Sandy,” in the Sandy-themed issue of Social Text Periscope: "Governments make disaster plans. Between municipal, state, and federal level agencies, the amount of planning for potential disasters is enormous. But during Hurricane Sandy, plans that took several years and millions of dollars to produce were thrown out almost immediately. In fact, discarding disaster plans is entirely normal, and may even be desirable....."

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Several members of the Superstorm Research Lab will be at the Association of American Geographers conference next week in LA. As in other years, the Hazards, Risks and Disaster Specialty group is holding a number of panels, and there are a many environmental justice panels that may be of interest to people whose work parallels SRL:

There are six papers specifically on Superstorm Sandy (not presented by SRL members):

From dangling cranes to flooded tunnels: Hurricane Sandy and the Geographies of Twitter
Friday, 4/12/2013 at 14:40 PM

Print News Patterns and Hurricane Sandy (2012)
Wednesday, 4/10/2013 at 12:40 PM

Tracking Hurricane Sandy (2012) through Newspaper Photography
Wednesday, 4/10/2013 at 12:40 PM

The Impact of Hurricane Sandy on selected south coast beaches, Jamaica, West Indies.
Saturday, 4/13/2013 at 16:00 PM

Community-based Flood Preparation and Damage Assessment – Hurricane Sandy
Wednesday, 4/10/2013 at 8:00 AM

The Influence of Climate Anomalies on the Development, Sequence and Outcome of Hurricane Sandy
4/11/2013 at 12:40 PM

SRL member presentations and panels (note some are explicitly about Superstorm Sandy and some are not). Please feel free to meet with us if you are interested in our SRL work:

Scale, Action, and the Environment: Superstorm Sandy
Max Liboiron
Wednesday, 4/10/2013, from 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Malibu Parlor 3118, Westin, 31st Floor

Geographies of Garbage: the State of the Art on Discard Studies.
Max Liboiron
Thursday, 4/11/2013, from 4:40 PM – 6:20 PM in Pico, The LA Hotel, Level 2
This panel is not about Superstorm Sandy in particular, but “disaster trash” will be mentioned.

Future of the Capitalist City
Daniel Aldana Cohen (“Climate Change, “post-materialism”, and the future of the capitalist city“) and Max Besbris
Thursday, 4/11/2013, from 2:40 PM – 4:20 PM in Corsican, Biltmore, Mezzanine Level
Climate change is one of the areas of research is SRL, and Daniel will examine the class contradictions of  existing urban climate politics in New York and São Paulo.

The Political Ecology of Urbanization
David Wachsmuth
Wednesday, 4/10/2013, from 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM in Pico, The LA Hotel, Level 2
This paper offers some thoughts on a research agenda for a political ecology not of the city but of urbanization.

Megaregions 1: Structures, Functions, Patterns
David Wachsmuth
Thursday, 4/11/2013, from 8:00 AM – 9:40 AM in Olvera, The LA Hotel, Level 2
David is the disscussant for this panel, and will be drawing from SRL’s current research in his discussion.