Faith, conflict and care in crisis and disaster recovery

Type: Paper
Theme: Hazards, Geography, and GIScience
Sponsor Groups: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group
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Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Napoleon B3, Sheraton 3rd Floor
Organizers: Christine Eriksen
Chairs: Christine Eriksen


Building on recent geographical and sociological advancements in trauma research and researcher trauma, this session explores passages of dialogue on affective and embodied experiences of faith, conflict and care. These experiences can be both those narrated by crisis and disaster survivors and those experienced by the researchers who listen and observe. A crisis is a time of intense difficulty or danger, which develops into a disaster when an event causes great damage or results in loss of life. For individuals and communities in crisis, powerful emotions become part of everyday life. Adrenaline, anxiety, fear and depression exemplify the types of emotional responses often experienced by those faced with threats to life, property, livelihood, the environment, or to the ongoing viability of their community. Yet, seemingly in conflict with these negative-laden emotions, humour and laughter are also common personal and political crisis responses that act as a coping strategy, an activist tool, or as a marginalising force. This points to the importance of faith, conflict and care in recovery - be it faith driven by group-identity that provides common purpose or belief, or faith as something individual that is connected to a geographical place, philosophy, or religion, which provides inner strength.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Kasia Mika*, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Disaster, crises,and meaning-making: towards open-ended recovery 20 2:40 PM
Presenter Christine Eriksen*, University of Wollongong, Coping, caring and believing: the embodied work of disaster recovery workers 20 3:00 PM
Presenter Patricia Stukes*, Texas Woman's University, “Wading in troubled waters: LGBTI Christian service in disaster recovery” 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Emma Calgaro*, University of Sydney, Redressing the marginalisation of women with disabilities in disaster spaces 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Bethany Van Brown*, Western Carolina University, The Ethical Challenges of ‘Studying’ People in the Aftermath of Disaster 20 4:00 PM

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