Disasters: Knowledge, Anthropologies, Ethics

Climate Change

The conference will serve as an occasion to supplement ongoing work of the UNESCO Programme on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation, while also examining the discursive, representational, and concrete implications of the disaster imaginary, disaster prevention, the disaster itself, and post-disaster reconstruction.

With a view to further developing this framework and creating a methodology for reflection and practice that can adequately confront the contemporary stakes of the disaster, the conference aspires to bring scholarly and scientific expertise to bear on UNESCO’s programs and its cross-cutting approach to disaster prevention and response.

In addition, the conference will provide a vital forum wherein social scientists, ethicists, anthropologists, and disaster scientists can collectively reflect on the past, present, and future of the disaster culture and disaster policy.

In hopes of developing not only the burgeoning discipline of Disaster Studies, but also new modalities of epistemological and physical “preparedness,” the conference hopes to fill in lacunae and chart new directions that surpass the hitherto all too technical engagement of the disaster.


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 04.07.2011 08:00 local time
End 04.07.2011 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Mukherjee, Sondip
Organizer UNESCO
Contact S. Romi Mukherjee, s.mukherjee@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room XII
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants
Official Website
Link 1 Agenda [PDF, 48 KB]
Link 2 Concept Note [PDF, 49 KB]
Link 3 UNESCO Programme on Environmental Ethics
Link 4 Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation in UNESCO