[UPDATE] -Extended Deadline- I INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “(DIS)MEMORY OF DISASTER” (18-19 October 2013 - Madeira, Portugal)

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The I International Conference “(Dis)Memory of disaster” wishes to constitute a space for both academic and civic debate and to question the implications between memory/forgetfulness (whether individual or cultural), perceptions of danger, risk management and the experience of disasters in diverse geo-cultural contexts.
Without ever ignoring approaches centred around the study of dangers (natural, technological and others), we nevertheless aim for this event to analyse disaster related phenomena across all of their densest and most complex facets within a multidisciplinary perspective. We aim at reaching beyond the boundaries of the technological and the natural sciences and thus also engaging with other disciplinary fields. Indeed, as Anthony Oliver-Smith (2004: 11) points out, even natural disasters themselves should be studied as phenomena driven by the interchange between natural factors and human and cultural factors. Therefore, any analytical approach requires not only the learnings generated by the natural and technological sciences but also the fields of anthropology, economics, history, psychology, sociology, culture studies and other interconnected fields. Taking an inverse approach, we become able to legitimately question the relevance that the study of disasters might play to studies of the human psychology and studies on the historical and socio-cultural universes that experience those extreme phenomena.

Thus, the I International Conference “(Dis)Memory of disaster” hereby issues a call for paper proposals (20 minutes), focused preferentially on the following broad fields of reflection:

. The art of disaster and ways of worldmaking: the representation of disaster and the construction of the event’s cultural memory;
. Culture(s) of disaster and resilient societies: the role of schools and education, archives, museums and other cultural institutions in constructing the memory of disaster and the perception of risk;
. Exchanging perspectives: the discourse of I and the Other in disaster narratives;
. Disasters, art and risk mitigation;
. Disasters and (bio)politics: cultural memory, conflict and power;
. Disasters and religion: apocalyptic discourses and/or discourses on resilience;
. Disasters, memory and economy: from losses to the opportunities for developing sustainable models;
. Disasters, ruins and archaeology: writing the memory of disaster across time and space;
. Disasters, tourism and development: perspectives in analysis;
. (Dis)Memory of disaster and identity construction: disaster narratives and nation narratives;
. (Dis)Memory of disaster, socio-cultural perceptions of risk and vulnerabilities to natural dangers;
. Management and the governance of disaster risks: the role of memory in politics and actions designed for risk and emergency management
. Islands and vulnerable insularity: memory and/of disasters;
. Memory of disaster, mourning and trauma;
. Memory of disaster and engineering
. Words that mean (the memory) of disasters: toponyms and socio-linguistic approaches;
. Land-use planning and management: the memory of/in space and strategies for disaster risk reduction;
. Representing disasters, their (re)mediation and coverage in a globalised world: (new) media and the construction/eradication of the memory of disaster.

Registration for themed panels is also now open with each panel made up of groups of three or four speakers chaired by a specialist on the respective theme of that panel.

Schedule and submission of proposals:

Paper proposals (lasting a maximum of 20 minutes) and/or panel suggestions should be submitted to the following email address: (desmemoria_de_desastre_2013@sapo.pt) by 15th July 2013. The e-documentation submitted should include the following: paper title; abstract (200 words); name(s), contact(s) and academic affiliation of the proposed speaker(s); a brief CV or bio- bibliographic note containing the respective key areas of academic research and interest (approx. 100 words).

Notification of paper acceptance will take place by 31 July 2013.

The conference working languages are Portuguese, English, Spanish and French.

For further information on this event, please go to:
- the I International Conference on “(Dis)Memory of disaster” webpage:
- the I International Conference on “(Dis)Memory of disaster” facebook page at:

. Ana Paula Almeida
. Ana Salgueiro Rodrigues
. Diana Gonçalves
. Duarte Encarnação
. Filipa Fernandes
. José Maria Montero
. Maria João Beja
. Paulo Miguel Rodrigues

. Anne Martina Emonts (CCAH-UMa; CECC- UCP)
. Delta Sousa e Silva (LNEC);
. Diana Gonçalves (CECC –UCP);
. Duarte Encarnação (CCAH-UMa)
. Élvio Duarte Martins Sousa (CHAM – UNL/UA; CEAM);
. Filipa Fernandes (ISCSP- UTL)
. Isabel Capeloa Gil (FCH-UCP; CECC-UCP);
. Maria João Beja (CCAH-UMa)
. Paulo Miguel Rodrigues (CCAH-UMa; CIEC-UC; CIERL-UMa)

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