Place Geographies in Spaces of Disaster and Tragedy 2

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Study of the American South Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Roosevelt 4, Marriott, Exhibition Level
Organizers: Rex Rowley, Matthew Cook, Ronald Schumann
Chairs: Rex Rowley


People and places are forever changed by disasters and tragedies. A sense of place, in fact, is often acknowledged by scholars and victims as an important component of disaster recovery. At this time of seemingly constant news of tsunamis, typhoons, tornadoes, mass shootings, concert bombings, and truck attacks on pedestrian walkways, I hope to organize a series of papers to explore the role of place in spaces of disaster and tragedy. Papers in the session(s) can be about any place at whatever scale (neighborhood, city, or region), timeline (historical or contemporary), or approach (in methodology or philosophy) appropriate for the project. The underlying goal, however, should be to deepen our understanding of place (as a fundamental geographic concept) through exploring, interpreting, and analyzing how real places have been made or remade, destroyed or altered by a disaster, tragedy, and/or violent event.

Potential papers may explore questions such as:

To what extent is a sense of place important in the recovery process following a disaster or tragedy?
How is the character and personality of a place altered following a particularly destructive natural disaster (tsunami, typhoon, tornado, flood, etc.) or human-caused tragedy (shooting, terror bombing, truck attack)?
What role do memorials (or lack thereof) play in creating or modifying place following a disaster or tragedy event?
What role does place have in the creation of memorials?
How do civic institutions or political players impact the creation, preservation, or remolding of a sense of place during recovery?
To what level do individuals affected feel a sense of nostalgia or sostalgia about place following a disaster or tragedy?
How important is place and place attachment to threatened or vulnerable places?
How can understanding the function of place in the wake of difficult circumstances help scholars and policy makers prepare for future disasters?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Chad Emmett*, Brigham Young University, Sarah Hall, Utah Valley University, Tsunami Awareness and Mitigation Efforts in the Tourist Environments of Bali and Lombok 20 3:05 PM
Presenter Ronald L Schumann*, University of North Texas, Negotiative Commemoration: The Mechanics of Memory Work in Disaster Recovery 20 3:25 PM
Presenter Jessey Gilley*, Lincoln Memorial University, Place, Rhythm, and Tragedy in Homer Hickam’s ‘Coalwood’ Trilogy 20 3:45 PM
Presenter Summer Gray*, University of California, Erica Akemi Goto, University of California, Santa Barbara, Mud That Smelled of Sadness: Dredging Through Post-Disaster Memories of the 2018 Montecito Debris Flow 20 4:05 PM
Discussant Rex Rowley Illinois State University 20 4:25 PM

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