Fault Lines – Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy

By Giuseppe Forino* In his recently published book Fault Lines, Giacomo Parrinello delves into the environmental history of two major earthquakes in Sicily in the last century, allowing the earthquakes to narrate a fascinating journey into the dynamics and continuities between urban modernization and reconstruction efforts before and after the disasters. Sicily is one of … Continue reading Fault Lines – Earthquakes and Urbanism in Modern Italy

Hurricane Matthew is just the latest unnatural disaster to strike Haiti

By Jason von Meding and Giuseppe Forino* In the wake of hurricane Matthew, destruction and suffering in Haiti has returned to the headlines. If we don't acknowledge that the roots of risk and vulnerability lie in colonial history and structural injustice we will see this happening again and again. At least 1,000 people were killed … Continue reading Hurricane Matthew is just the latest unnatural disaster to strike Haiti

The earthquake in Central Italy: stereotyped narratives and missing social science

by Giuseppe Forino* The analyses proposed in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit central Italy on August 24th overlook social and political dimensions of disasters, or reduce the issue to stereotypical explanations. We need to add human and social perspectives to disaster studies and actions for deconstructing such partial and superficial narratives. The disaster According to the Civil Protection Department, … Continue reading The earthquake in Central Italy: stereotyped narratives and missing social science

The Damage Done and the Dams to Come

By Matthäus Rest, Austin Lord & Christopher Butler *. In the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes, progress toward the stated aim of turning Nepal into a ‘hydropower nation’ has been stalled. How will concerns over heightened risk affect hydropower development in Nepal in the medium and long term? [A shorter version of this article was … Continue reading The Damage Done and the Dams to Come

Langtang: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal

By Austin Lord*. The tragedy at Langtang is a prism that reflects the risks and pressures experienced more broadly by mountain communities across Nepal. [This article was first published on 14 October 2015 in Cultural Anthropology as part of the series Aftershocked: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal.] Some forty-nine days after the earthquake … Continue reading Langtang: Reflections on the 2015 Earthquakes in Nepal