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Surviving the End of the World as We Know It

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Historical and Geographical Perspectives

Perspectives historiques et géographiques

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Published on Thursday, February 25, 2016 by João Fernandes

Summary

Great natural disasters which have struck populations (floods, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, massive droughts, etc.) are part of the intricate history of human communities and their relationship with their environment, contributing to social and cultural changes within these communities. This call for papers focuses on a multidisciplinary  approach and suggests that applicants: Study and investigate the various responses given to disasters in ancient and modern times; Analyze the evolution of public policies dealing with natural risks and their consequences on land planning; Study long term factors of adaptation to risk which reveal a territory’s resilience; Provide a specific interest in coastal regions.

Announcement

Argument

Great natural disasters which have struck populations (floods, hurricanes, cyclones, typhoons, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, massive droughts, etc.) are part of the intricate history of human communities and their relationship with their environment, contributing to social and cultural changes within these communities.

In historical terms, the individual and collective memory of such events has traditionally been transmitted through written and oral narratives belonging to popular and scientific traditions.

For the last decades, geomorphological, geoarcheological and paleoclimatic studies have made it possible to track the occurrence of those disasters which date back thousands of years ago.

Moreover, because the control of environmental risk has become one the major issues of contemporary public policies, the past experience of natural disasters (more or less recent) can be investigated and used as a guide for future action.

Within the framework of issues and questions addressed by part 4 of the Atlantys program, this call for papers focuses on a multidisciplinary  approach and suggests that applicants:

  •  Study and investigate the various responses given to disasters in ancient and modern times. For ancient times, a specific focus on the selection of sources and their critical analysis will be expected.
  •  Analyze the evolution of public policies dealing with natural risks and their consequences on land planning. Without excluding earlier periods, the contemporary era from World War II will receive more attention.
  •  Study long term factors of adaptation to risk which reveal a territory’s resilience. From a long term perspective, the example of volcanic areas will be given special attention.  Will also be retained references to more or less brutal environmental changes, partially responsible of the end or the radical transformation of past societies, and nowadays identified as major factors in the destabilization of certain areas severely impacted by Global Change.
  •  Provide a specific interest in coastal regions: for older periods, as well as more recent times, identify physical marks of disasters (hurricanes, tsunamis, accelerated rise of sea levels) ; for contemporary periods, a critical reading of public policies should make it possible to illustrate how collective concerns about climatic change and its consequences are taken into consideration.

Submission guidelines

Papers (20 minutes maximum) to be presented in French or English.

Proposed papers should be sent to Atlantys@univ-nantes.fr before May 20th 2016.

The Scientific Committee will announce the proposals selected by May 15th 2016 at the latest.

The International Conference Nantes, will be held on november 17th-19th 2016

Scientific Committee

Chairs :

  • Étienne CHAUVEAU (Université de Nantes-CNRS / UMR 6554 Littoral, Environnement, Télédétection, Géomatique-Géolittomer).
  • Rita COMPATANGELO-SOUSSIGNAN (Université du Maine-CNRS / UMR 6566 Centre de Recherches en Archéologie, Archéosciences, Histoire).
  • Delphine ACOLAT (Université de Bretagne Occidentale / Centre François Viète).
  • Céline CHADENAS (Université de Nantes-CNRS / UMR 6554 Littoral, Environnement, Télédétection, Géomatique-Géolittomer).
  • Charles DELATTRE (Université de Paris Ouest-Nanterre-CNRS / UMR 7041 Archéologie et Sciences de l’Antiquité).
  • Hélène DESSALES (École Normale Supérieure de Paris-CNRS / UMR 8546 Archéologie et Philologie d’Orient et d’Occident-AOROC).
  • Ghozlane FLEURY-BAHI (Université de Nantes / Laboratoire de Psychologie des Pays de la Loire).
  • Bernard FRITSCH (Université de Nantes-CNRS / UMR 6590 Espaces et Sociétés).
  • Duane W. HAMACHER (Monash Indigenous Center, Monash University-Clayton, Australia).
  • Richard HOWITT (Department of Geography and Planning, Macquarie University-Sydney, Australia).
  • Frédéric LEONE (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3-CNRS / UMR Gouvernance, Risque, Environnement, Développement).
  • Nancy Meschinet de Richemond (Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier 3-CNRS / UMR Gouvernance, Risque, Environnement, Développement)
  • Yoann MOREAU (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales-CNRS / UMR 8177 Institut Interdisciplinaire d’Anthropologie du Contemporain).
  • Oscar NAVARRO (Université de Nantes / Laboratoire de Psychologie des Pays de la Loire).
  • Patrick D. NUNN (Sustainability Research Center, University of Sunshine Coast-Queensland, Australia).
  • Magali REGHEZZA-ZITT (École normale supérieure de Paris-CNRS / UMR 8591 Laboratoire de Géographie physique).
  • Pierre VACHER (Université de Nantes-CNRS / UMR 6112 Laboratoire de Planétologie et de Géodynamique).

Members :

Contactsatlantys@univ-nantes.fr

Scientific Director: Frédéric Le Blay (Université de Nantes). frederic.le-blay@univ-nantes.fr

Places

  • Université de Nantes
    Nantes, France (44)

Date(s)

  • Friday, May 20, 2016

Keywords

  • catastrophe naturelle, risque, paléoenvironnement, politiques publiques, résilience, espace côtier

Contact(s)

  • Rita Compatangelo Soussignan
    courriel : rita [dot] soussignan [at] univ-lemans [dot] fr
  • Frédéric Le Blay
    courriel : frederic [dot] le-blay [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr
  • Etienne Chauveau
    courriel : Etienne [dot] Chauveau [at] univ-nantes [dot] fr

Information source

  • Rita Compatangelo Soussignan
    courriel : rita [dot] soussignan [at] univ-lemans [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Surviving the End of the World as We Know It », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 25, 2016, https://calenda.org/357813

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