CFP Society for Applied Anthropology 2015 Conf, “UN-World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction” Roundtable

Call for roundtable participants

Society for Applied Anthropology, Pittsburgh, March 24-28 2015

“UN-World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction”

Between 14th-18th March 2015, the Japanese city of Sendai will host the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction co-organized by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the International Research Institute of Disaster Sciences (IRIDeS) at Tohoku University. During five days, the UNISDR, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, members of the private sector, investors, scientists and the civil society will come together in order to put disaster risk management at the heart of governmental economic strategies and development across the world. The outcome of these discussions will be a review of the Hyogo Framework 2005-15 (HFA) and a new plan of action accelerating the building of more disaster resilient international community by involving the private sector, investors, development agencies and governments.

The organisers of the SfAA 2015 conference believe that a roundtable on the outcome of the WCDRR is a unique opportunity for anthropologists to witness and reflect upon the nature of these UNISDR recommendations and policies as well as consider their involvement in these processes. Therefore, we are thus looking for anthropologists able to attend the conference in Sendai (March 14-18, 2015) and then take part in its roundtable back in Pittsburgh (March 24-28, 2015). Though an official panel could not be organized at the WCDRR, the organizers of the roundtable propose to hold an informal workshop in preparation of the roundtable. During their stay in Sendai, the participants will also be provided with the opportunity to carry out field-trip(s) within the region of the Great East Japan Earthquake (2011) still at the dawn of its reconstruction and visit the International Research Institute of Disaster Sciences (IRIDeS), Tohoku University.

We look forward to hearing from anyone potential participants by October 1st or any query at

Sébastien Penmellen Boret, International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University


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