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Comparative Study of Disasters and Upheavals : Perceptions and Responses International Anthropology Workshop 比较视野中的灾难与激变：感知与应对 国际人类学工作坊
16 to 18 October 2015 / 2015年10月16～18日
The Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu, China / 中国四川省成都市西南民族大学
Paper abstract submission deadline : 20 June 2015
The concept of “disaster” has been subject to discussion among anthropologists. In its proper sense this notion refers to a sudden, calamitous event causing a serious disruption of the society : typically an earthquake or a flood. But in disaster studies it encompasses a wider array of events such as terrorist attacks, epidemics, plane crashes, as well as territorial remodeling, reservoir projects, migrations, and settlement projects for nomadic ethnic groups. Researchers have indeed identified common reflection points and social dynamics that can be object of comparative analysis in these various cases. This international workshop aims to gather researchers involved or interested in such a perspective. In order to widen our view, we propose to introduce the notion of “upheaval”, which is less negatively connoted while sufficiently open to embrace various cases of big changes (planed, expected, abrupt), affecting or not the territory, but either way strongly disrupting a population. The goal is to examine this theme from an anthropological point of view.
Upheavals are necessarily related to a constellation of social and cultural factors and contexts in which they are embedded. Researches focus on the social vulnerability such events reveal as well as on the risk issues, historically and structurally inserted in local contexts and people’s life. Case studies take into account the overall context, consider the historical and cultural background and emphasize the progress of processes before, during and after the event. Focusing on the micro-sociological scale allows a better understanding of the dynamics at work, of people’s perceptions and representations of the event. It also facilitates the identification of responses and resonances these events produce, both in terms of practices and discourses, in the post-traumatic settings and reconstruction processes. The ethnological perspective goes beyond the entanglement of local and global economic and politics’ power layout, to fully seize these issues embodied in social actors. This international workshop emphasizes on this crucial investigation method and on ethnography in the study of disasters and upheavals, their conditions of production, the specificities of their outbreak, the interpretations they stimulate, the responses they generate in the physical and social world as well as the potential effect on people’s social representations.
The workshop ambition is to offer an academic platform for comparative cross-society and cross-culture reflections arising from detailed cases, and for proposing prospective useful concepts and theory frameworks. Its objective is to deepen the fundamental research on disaster and upheaval as anthropological objects, but also to offer intellectual tools for applied anthropologists and disaster professionals involved in improving sustainability and dealing with the difficulties and challenges brought by such contexts.
- Methodology issues in ethnology and ethnography of Disaster and Upheaval. 灾难与激变的民族志之方法论探讨.
- Theoretical frameworks and concepts for an Anthropology of Disaster and Upheaval. 关于灾难与激变的人类学理论框架及基本概念探讨.
- Localized notions of disasters in a globalized era : dialogue, circulation and confrontation. 探讨地方化的灾难观念在全球化时代的境遇：对话、互动与对抗.
- Written and visual artistic representations of disasters and upheavals. 灾难的文本书写及视觉呈现.
- Material and intangible tools developed by populations to stimulate awareness and preparedness to specific or recurrent disasters through generations. 与既有/新生灾难相关的地方经验与防范策略.
- Effect of upheavals on people’s way to think themselves (their past and identity) and their territory.激变如何影响人们思考自身（过去及身份）及居处地的方式.
- Case studies of post-upheaval reconstruction.灾后重建的案例研究.
- Memory, reminiscence and commemoration of disasters and upheavals. 关于灾难与激变的记忆、回忆与纪念.
- Ethnographers and sustainability professionals : collaborations and deadlocks. 民族志工作者与专业人士：合作与困境.
- 西南民族大学西南民族研究院与羌学中心（中国成都）School for Ethnic Studies and Qiang Research Center at Southwest University for Nationalities (Chengdu, China)
- 近现代中国研究中心（法国巴黎）The Research Center on Modern and Contemporary China (Paris, France)
- 杜兰大学灾后恢复领导力学院（美国新奥尔良）Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (New Orleans, USA)
Tang Yun 汤芸 (The South-West University for Nationalities, Chengdu, China) Email : email@example.com
Katiana Le Mentec 石嘉娜 (CECMC, Paris, France) Email : katianalementec yahoo.fr
Zhang Qiaoyun 张巧运 (Tulane University, New Orleans, USA) Email : zqy1117 gmail.com
Zhang Yuan 张原(The South-West University for Nationalities, Chengdu, China) Email : map8848 sina.com