“The Disaster Industrial Complex”

Global Studies
Co-sponsor: Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative
“The Disaster Industrial Complex”
 Dr. Juliana Svistova and Dr. Loretta Pyles
Natural disasters have long been seen as naturally generated events, but as scientific, technological, and social knowledge of disasters has become more sophisticated, the part that people play in disaster events has become more apparent. Production of Disaster and Recovery in Post-Earthquake Haiti demonstrates how social processes impact disasters as they unfold, through the distribution of power and resources, the use of discourses and images of disaster, and the economic and social systems and relations which underlie affected communities. The authors show how these processes played out in post-earthquake Haiti to set in motion the mechanics of the disaster industrial complex to re/produce disasters and recovery rather than bringing sustainable change. 


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:10pm
Roemmele Global Commons, Williams Hall