Media and Disasters

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Development Geographies Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM (MDT)
Room: Galerie 2, Marriott, 2nd Floor
Organizers: Kevin Glynn, Julie Cupples
Chairs: Kevin Glynn


Disasters, like other events, don’t come pre-equipped with meanings, but must be put into discursive and narrative frameworks before they can be made sense of and understood. In the current conjuncture, characterized by increasingly acute and widely felt crises of the global neoliberal economy, climate systems, and political institutions, the discourses and knowledges through which disasters are known and understood are themselves shifting and mutating. Such shifts and mutations are abetted by the fact that, in the contemporary technological environment, the victims and survivors of disasters often have direct access to the means of media production and distribution in ways that were once all but unimaginable. This has created possibilities for the amplification and circulation of alternative and socially marginalized knowledges, voices, and perspectives capable of challenging the most established representational conventions, narrative frameworks, tropes and discourses for the signification of disaster. This session invites papers that explore the shifting meanings, representations and discourses of disaster in a variety of media and contexts. We are particularly interested in media practices through which indigenous, black, working-class, queer and women’s knowledges and experiences of disaster contest familiar discourses of vulnerability and resilience and challenge forms of inequality and dispossession that structure the uneven impacts of disasters. We also invite papers that explore topics that might include (but need not be limited to) the following:
• Disasters and media convergence
• Disaster and the Trump presidency
• Disaster journalism
• Disasters and “fake news”
• Disasters and austerity politics
• Social media and disasters
• Disasters in film and television
• Disasters and community media
• YouTubing disaster


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tom Albrecht*, Queen's University Belfast, The Conspirational YouTubing of Disaster and Post-Truth Climates: A Case Study of Conspirational Narratives in Relation to the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season 20 5:20 PM
Presenter Julie Cupples*, University of Edinburgh, Kevin Glynn*, Northumbria University, The Social Mediation of Knowledge and Counterknowledge in Post-Quake Christchurch 20 5:40 PM
Presenter Nathaniel O'grady*, University of West of England, Communicative Capacities of the Elemental 20 6:00 PM
Presenter Tracey Potts*, , ‘Behind The Scenes Of The Disaster Museum: Titanic Belfast, Strokestown Park and The Mediation Of Memory’ 20 6:20 PM
Presenter Sahar Zavareh*, LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Sascha Jackisch, LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Social Media Framing of Hurricane Katrina’s 10-year Anniversary 20 6:40 PM

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