NEEDS 2021: Imagining future disasters: Call for panels and colloquia

Source(s): Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies
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Welcome to submit your proposal by 28 February 2021.

In NEEDS 2021 we welcome ideas for panels and colloquia. Panels are regular sessions with short presentations. Panel organizers are invited to send an abstract describing their panel. After the panel abstract has been accepted, the call for papers will open and researchers will be free to submit paper abstracts to the accepted panels. The panel organizers are responsible for reviewing the abstracts submitted to their panel.

Colloquia are fora for research-oriented initiatives that do not fit the traditional presentation format. Colloquia may be open or closed sessions such as (and not limited to) round tables, debates, demos, and formal meetings. Colloquium organizers are also invited to send an abstract describing the topic as well as the format in which it will be conducted.  

More than one proposal may be submitted by the same person. Deadline for submission is 28 February 2021.

Conference theme

"Imagining Futures: Interstices and the Immateriality of Disasters". This year we shift the focus away from the hazardous event in itself and place it in the interstices, the in-between-disasters spaces where our imagining of possible futures takes place.

We interrogate the means through which we imagine, visualize, and construct possible alternatives of the future: various art forms, scenario building, table-top exercises, high tech simulations, as well as the way we communicate, manage and respond to them.

The conference is arranged along the lines of three broad themes:

  1. Drawing from experience. This theme concerns the collective and individual experience in memory, cultural reproductions, recovery and therapeutic processes after crises and catastrophes. It also deals with organizational aspects of the aftermath of crises, as well as learning and evaluation.
  2. Playing with Realities is about how we prepare for the future events by means of exercises, training and simulation. This theme is about methods, concepts and technologies in which we envision, simulate and enact different realities. A wide range of topics are relevant for this theme, from technical aspects, such as VR, AR, and AI to research on experimental design, simulation, scenarios and gaming.
  3. Imagining Futures. What do future catastrophes look like? What do(es) the future(s) look like? In this theme, we welcome ideas, visions, dreams, fantasies and visualizations of possible alternatives, utopias and dystopias. This theme may include ideas about and perspectives of, the future, expressed in film, literature and other art forms as well as in politics and bureaucracy.

In keeping with the spirit of interdisciplinarity of the NEEDS conference series, we welcome panels, workshops and interdisciplinary events aimed at researchers and practitioners featuring research on how disasters are imagined but also on more traditional topics of crisis management, relevant actors and institutions.


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