Critical Disaster Studies Conference

09/21 Friday | 9am

NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for NYU Gallatin’s Critical Disaster Studies Conference. From the Biblical story of Noah’s flood to science fiction fantasies of nuclear war, disasters loom large in the human imagination. Building on previous generations of scholarship about disaster, the developing field of critical disaster studies seeks to find greater theoretical engagement, interdisciplinary approaches, and critical interrogation of the concept of disaster itself, as well as the related concepts of risk, vulnerability, security, and resilience. The Critical Disaster Studies Conference will bring together new and established scholars of disaster—including geographers, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists—to evaluate the state of this emergent field and to chart pathways for future research.

​Presentations will be held on Friday, September 21st, and will be followed by a keynote address by Kenneth Hewitt of Wilfrid Laurier University.

Participants include:
Aaron Clark-Ginsberg (RAND Corporation); Pranathi Diwakar (University of Chicago); ​Rebecca Elliott (London School of Economics); Louis Gerdelan (Harvard)​; Ryan Hagen(Columbia); Scott Knowles (Drexel); Susan (Scotti) Parrish (University of Michigan); Claire Payton (University of Virginia); Kerry Smith (Brown); Dara Strolovitch (Princeton); and Chika Watanabe (University of Manchester)

Organizing committee: Jacob Remes (NYU Gallatin), Elizabeth Angell (Columbia), and Andy Horowitz (Tulane)

This event is co-sponsored by NYU Gallatin and the Institute for Public Knowledge at NYU is free and open to the public. For more information, email

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