Words Matter: The Impact of Different Stakeholder Understandings of Disaster Concepts on Policy Creation, Enactment, and Local Communities

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 4A KS (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

This is a participatory session.
Disaster and development discourses have converged around matters of sustainability, risk, resilience, vulnerability, adaptation, and poverty reduction. There is a need to understand the systems of meaning that underlie disaster and development thinking. How these conceptualizations get reflected back through policies and practices impacts communities and a broader and rapidly expanding disaster reduction and sustainable development industry. 
This session opens a dialogue among scholars and practitioners about trends in sector-based interpretations of terminology that may contribute to common understandings and better planning or reification and fractionalization. The goal of this session is to start identifying common ground and differences in terminology and how this will impact best practice models and affected communities. 
We are seeking four or five scholars to start the session with a five to ten minute presentation that will help drive the broader discussion.
Session Organizer:
Alonso BRENES TORRES, Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences - General Secretariat, Costa Rica
Playing with Catastrophe: Law, Urban Regenerations and Contestations in Turkey
Cansu CIVELEK, PhD Candidate, University of Vienna, Social Anthropology, Austria
Women and Vulnerability during Disasters: From Policy Perspective
Panchi PATHAK, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India