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07 - Culture, Sustainability and Disaster Recovery :A Sociological, Architectural and Cultural Approach, 2019

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Culture, Sustainability and Disaster Recovery :A Sociological, Architectural and Cultural Approach

Intensive lecture 2019 in Winter

John Robert Clammer

(Professor, O.P. Jindal Global University, India)

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Course Description

 The contemporary world is beset with a range of natural and manmade disasters (or a mixture of the two). Although many approaches to disaster management are technical – focusing on such issues as water supply, food, engineering solutions, etc. underlying these are cultural and sociological factors, and psychological ones too. The course will explore such an approach by looking at issues such as family, gender, age and handicap and issues of family disruption; reviewing cultural responses to disaster through theatre, art, poetry and literature; analyzing appropriate architecture for post-disaster situations; exploring the role of aid and humanitarian assistance; looking at models of economic, ecological and social regeneration that are sustainable in the long term; discussing the interesting theoretical questions that arise when social and ecological breakdown occurs and will review the policy implications of a more sociological and cultural approach to disaster management than has previously been the case. The course will be comparative and interdisciplinary in nature and will examine a number of case studies of both natural disasters and post conflict situations that have much in common with them.