On Disaster! November 23, 2011

November WIDEN on: Disaster!

Event Details:

When: November 23rd, 2011, 4:30pm
Where: Ram in the Rye, VIP room — 63 Gould street, can be accessed from Church Street as well.

Presentations:

OMG, I’m “mad”
David Reville (School of Disability Studies)

Is a diagnosis of mental illness a complete disaster? This presentation will look at people who resisted the sick role and, instead, worked to build a better world for people like them.

Urbicide Disaster Planning
Jason Burke (Urban Planning)

There is a strong link between attachment to place and the emotions aroused as a result of its destruction. In recent years, the destruction of cities has become known as urbicide. While there is considerable debate as to what constitutes urbicide, the term connotes the denial of urban life or the killing of cities. This presentation will discuss the longer history of violence against cities and will suggest ways by which we can make sense of this urbicidal violence.

Challenging Clothing Protocols for Natural Disaster Relief
Nabeela Ahsan
(Fashion)

Each passing year is marked with at least one catastrophic natural disaster in some part of the world. Relief agencies are mobilized globally whenever and wherever disaster occurs. Most aspects of emergency response planning have been enhanced over the years; however, there is a lack of progress in the supply deployment of clothing. There is a real need for clothing that is climatically appropriate, culturally sensitive and economically viable. This research aims to investigate clothing needs of survivors during the relief phase of natural disasters in order that current aid protocol might be improved.

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