Responses of Religious Groups during the Aftermath of the Great East Japan Disaster – NEEDS conference, Copenhagen, Dec 9-11 2015

NEEDS – The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies

For the programme and information – click here 

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Alexander Hall, Bispetorv Annex, Bispetorvet 1-3, DK-1167 Copenhagen K


  • Theodore Steinberg, Case Western Reserve University, USA
  • Susan Cutter, University of South Carolina, USA
  • Anthony Oliver-Smith, Prof. emer., University of Florida, USA
  • Allan Lavell, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Costa Rica
  • Richard Eiser, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Nabil Ahmed, London Metropolitan University, UK
  • Anders Blok, University of Copenhagen, DK
  • Füsun Türetken, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL
  • Danilo Bilotta, The Italian Civil Protection Department, IT

The interdisciplinary research project Changing Disasters is happy to announce the first Northern European conference on emergency and disaster studies.

The accelerating frequency and magnitude of natural and manmade disasters has spawned the development of numerous disaster research centres, projects, and networks across the globe. Scientists, academics, humanitarians, engineers, and private companies are but a few of the actors to emerge over the past two decades, reflecting the truly interdisciplinary character of the expanded disaster field.

The NEEDS conference aims to explore the status quo of disaster research and management. The conference wishes to harness its broad, interdisciplinary expertise by gathering disaster researchers from academic institutions and practitioners from the disaster management community (European and beyond) to build networks and to discuss the most pressing issues in disaster research across the academic and practical disciplines.

For the programme and information – click here 

11. Religious Responses to Disasters
Secularization in the western world predicts that religion will disappear with development. Consequently, religiosity of disaster victims and survivors has largely been neglected. Religion sometimes inhibits efficient disaster response, but religion also promotes decisive resilience factors such as courage and community. Based on two anthropological and qualitative case studies from Japan and Thailand, this panel discusses how religion shapes interpretations and actions in the disaster aftermath.

Panel chair: Niels Henrik Gregersen

Panel organizer: Mikkel Gabriel Christoffersen

Panel presenters and titles

  • Monica Lindberg Falk: Religion in Post-Disaster Recovery 
  • Sébastien Penmellen Boret: Representations and responses of religious groups during the aftermath of the great east japan disaster: emergency response, grief and mental care

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