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SRL white paper released: A Tale of Two Sandys

Superstorm Research Lab has just released the first in-depth report aimed on Sandy's aftermath that examines a wide cross-section of post-Sandy perspectives, including policymakers in New York City Hall, individuals whose lives were acutely affected, established NGOs, and community-based organizations like Occupy Sandy. Drawing on over 70 extensive interviews, we have found that two divergent concepts of disaster have lead to different types of response, definitions of recovery, and attention to justice following Hurricane Sandy's landfall in New York City in 2012.

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SRL presenting Wednesday 5/8: Occupy Sandy and Emerging Forms of Social Organization

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This event is part of the Institute for Public Knowledge’s Public Forum Series on Sandy, Climate Change and the Future of New York City, organized with the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment.

This Public Forum will address Occupy Sandy and Emerging Forms of Social Organization. By a number of accounts, many neighborhoods in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy experienced confusion, disorganization, and a lack of engagement by city, state, or federal government agencies or traditional civil society groups. Occupy Sandy, however, in coordination with local neighborhood organizations, proved to be nimble, effective, and fast acting to help with the distribution of supplies and cleanup, and they continue to be deeply involved as neighborhoods are making decisions about rebuilding. What worked, what didn’t, and how are the ways in which people are organizing themselves shaping their ability to have an impact on communities? How can New Yorkers organize to effectively tackle the realities of decades of rising temperatures, moving flood lines, and intensifying storms?

Nicholas Mirzoeff is a visual culture theorist and professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He is currently working with OWS and Occupy Sandy, and on a project on the visual culture of climate change in conjunction with the not-for-profit Islands First.

Michael Ralph earned his Ph.D. in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago and taught briefly in the Cornell University Department of Anthropology before joining the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Michael is a historical anthropologist who works on crime, citizenship, and sovereignty in Senegal and the Atlantic world, more broadly, and is a member of Occupy the SEC.

Andrew Ross is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU, and the author of many books, including, most recently, Bird on Fire: Lessons from the World’s Least Sustainable City. He is also an organizer with Strike Debt.

The Superstorm Research Lab (SRL) will be represented by Max Liboiron, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University with the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing. She is currently researching theories of scale in relation to environmental action, and, with the SRL, investigating “The Storm as a State Project.”

Harvey Molotch (moderator) is Professor of Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at New York University where he conducts research on issues of city growth and urban security as well as on product design and development. He has also researched issues in news media, the sociology of art, neighborhood racial integration, and the sociology of the environment.

The aim of this series is to engage scholars across New York University to think broadly about Superstorm Sandy, climate change, and the future of our city. All events in the series are free and open to the public, and feature scholars from a variety of departments, including Environmental Studies; Urban Planning; Sociology; Photography; Media, Culture, and Communication; Interactive Telecommunications; and Metropolitan Studies. The series is building off the conversation started at an IPK public forum in December 2012.

The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) brings theoretically serious scholarship to bear on major public issues. Located at NYU, it nurtures collaboration among social researchers in New York and around the world. It builds bridges between university-based researchers and organizations pursuing practical action.

NYU’s Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment is a new University-wide effort to advance interdisciplinary and international research and teaching on cities and the urban environment.

photo: Sam Horine 2012

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Sandy, Climate Change and the Future of New York City

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The Institute for Public Knowledge is organizing a Public Forum Series on Sandy, Climate Change and the Future of New York City with the Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment. The aim of this series is to engage scholars across New York University to think broadly about Superstorm Sandy, climate change, and the future of our city. All events in the series are free and open to the public, and feature scholars from NYU departments including Environmental Studies; Urban Planning; Sociology; Photography; Media, Culture, and Communication; Interactive Telecommunications; and Metropolitan Studies. The series is building off the conversation started at an IPK public forum in December 2012.

April 22, 5PM Housing and Hurricane Sandy
Vicki Been & Ingrid Gould Ellen

April 26, 6PM Technology, Art, and Disaster
Jacques Servin & Marina Zurkow

May 1, 6PM Rethinking Homeland Security for the Age of Climate Extremes
Eric Klinenberg & Harvey Molotch

May 8, 6PM Occupy Sandy and Emerging Forms of Social Organization
Max Liboiron and Superstorm Research Lab, Nick Mirzoeff, Michael Ralph & Andrew Ross

May 13, 6PM Photography and Climate Change
Mark Bussell, Fred Ritchin & Joseph Rodriguez

May 14, 7:30PM Infrastructure
Mitchell Joachim, Constantine Kontokostan & Rae Zimmerman

The Institute for Public Knowledge (IPK) brings theoretically serious scholarship to bear on major public issues. Located at NYU, it nurtures collaboration among social researchers in New York and around the world. It builds bridges between university-based researchers and organizations pursuing practical action.

NYU’s Marron Institute on Cities and the Urban Environment is a new University-wide effort to advance interdisciplinary and international research and teaching on cities and the urban environment.

SRL @ AAG

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.