Risk and Disaster TIG Co Chairs - Jennifer Trivedi, Melissa Sedlacik, and Thomas HansonJennifer Trivedi
Melissa Sedlacik
Thomas Hanson

The Risk & Disaster TIG offers a space for discussions regarding anthropological and applied work related to risk and disaster issues around the world. We also welcome researchers and practitioners from fields outside of anthropology to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to our conversations and research. In addition to our efforts to promote discussions about research and education related to risk and disasters, we also hope to offer a space to share information about and opportunities for presentations and publications in related work.  

This year at SFAA 2019, the Risk & Disaster TIG is sponsoring two sessions on local day (March 19), both chaired by Michele Gamburd: 

  • a roundtable on “Creating Disaster Resilience in Portland: Organizing for the Cascadia Quake”

  • an open discussion on “Engaging the Whole Neighborhood: Enhancing Disaster Preparation in Portland, Oregon.” 

We are very excited to have these important and interesting discussions about disasters and risk in the local context in Portland.

Beyond local day, we will be sponsoring an additional 18 panels throughout the conference.  Our members are also joining ExtrACTION & Environment and PESO on a new type of panel this year – a joint panel that will allow for a fascinating discussion across the groups about how our research and experiences overlap and interact. In addition, Julie Maldonado will be presenting a related film, Protect: Indigenous Communities on the Frontlines of Fossil Fuel Extraction. We are looking forward to SFAA 2019 and the wide range of opportunities for learning and discussion on offer at Risk & Disaster TIG and related events.  

We are happy to welcome anyone who is interested in risk and disasters to our membership. In addition to our sessions throughout SFAA 2019, we have a listserv at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/disasters-and-applied-anthropology, a Twitter account at https://twitter.com/RiskDisasterTIG, and a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1481802688698765/. We also maintain a directory of interested members and their specialties at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XPJUZMxj3KrbsORi8jJwt3rNxmjFblwd3LfKkayGjmI/pubhtml. The directory is intended to allow members to share their expertise and promote their work to the public or interested groups. If you are interested in being added, please contact Jennifer Trivedi at jennifer.marie.trivedi@gmail.com

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