Program symposium - Disasters and risks : from empiricism to criticism
International symposium – CERI-Sciences Po & EHESS – 17th and 18th of June, Paris

This symposium is supported by Sciences Po’s Scientific Advisory Board within the research priority « Politics of Earth », by GDR CNRS "Crises extrêmes" and by the Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea.

17th of June, 2010


Opening : Christian Lequesne, director, CERI-Sciences Po

Introduction : Sandrine Revet et Julien Langumier

Inaugural conference by Anthony Oliver-Smith, Anthropology Department of the University of Florida


From the event to the research object - 1

Frédéric Keck, Institut Marcel Mauss (UMR 8170).
Avian Flu, between food safety risk and health catastrophe

Laura Centemeri, Centre for Social Studies – Risk Observatory University of Coimbra (Portugal).
Analyzing communities response to disasters : historicity, controversies and realism

Anne-Marie Granet-Abisset - Professeur d’histoire contemporaine, Université Pierre Mendès France Grenoble 2, UMR LARHRA Laboratoire de Recherche Historique Rhône-Alpes.
Historians and political actors as regards risks and natural disasters : a difficult questioning of norms. Lessons from research programs

Moderators : Françoise Zonabend, LAS EHESS and Thierry Coanus, RIVES ENTPE


From the event to the research object - 2

Séverine Durand,Cemagref – UMR G-EAU et Université de Provence – LAMES - CNRS.
Living with possible flooding : risk and routine

Susann Ullberg - Department of Social Anthropology, Stockholm University.
Facing floods : Recurrent disasters and translocal ethnography in the city of Santa Fe (Argentina)

Moderator : Julien Langumier, RIVES ENTPE.


Beyond the “risk culture” : confrontation and circulation of knowledge and practice – 1

Théo Blanchard - Grenoble 2, UPMF, LARHRA.
Experiencing the risk of flooding in the 18th century : confrontation between risk cultures

Julie Hermesse - Université de Louvain (Belgique).
Hybridity of the representations of the natural phenomena to the vulnerability in view of their risks of occurrence

Moderator : Grégory Quenet, Université Versailles Saint Quentin

Screening of the film of Elia Romanelli and Maria Anita Palumbo – Doctorante anthropologie urbaine, EHESS/ Laboratoire Architecture Anthropologie (ENSAPV).
Belice68/08. A journey trough Belice Valley, 40 years after the earthquake.

Moderator : Sandrine Revet, CERI-Sciences Po

18th of June, 2010


Beyond the “risk culture” : confrontation and circulation of knowledge and practice - 2

Mara Benadusi - University of Catania and University of Bergamo
Cultivating community of practice in post-tsunami Sri Lanka (2005-2006)

Cloé Vallette - Centre d’Études et de Recherches sur les Risques et les Vulnérabilités, MRSH – Université de Caen.
When stakeholders appropriate our concepts (Quebrada Seca River, Costa Rica)

Moderator : Nicolas Dodier, GSPM, EHESS

Fabien Nathan - Sogreah Consultants, Grenoble.
Disaster Risk Perception of the People Exposed : Insights to go Beyond the Dominant Paradigm

Juanita López Peláez - Universidad Eafit, Medellin.
Small Disasters, Big Impacts : Social representations of Risks and Disasters in Informal Settlements of Medellin.

Moderator : Virginia Garcia-Acosta, CIESAS, Mexico.


The politics of disaster and risk

Marc Elie –Centre d’études des mondes russes, caucasien et centre-européen (UMR 8083).
Alma-Ata waiting for “the mudflow of the century” : protecting the capital of Soviet Kazakhstan, 1921-1991

Samuel Bordreuil - LAMES, Université de Provence and Anne M. Lovell - INSERM, Paris V.
Rebuilding New-Orleans and the public sphere

Moderator : Claude Gilbert, PACTE/MSH-Alpes, CNRS

Irénée Zwarterook – collectif de chercheurs en économie, sociologie, aménagement, science politique, géographie, Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, Institut des Mers du Nord et IEP de Grenoble, laboratoire PACTE.
The “Expert” and the “Uninitiated” versus the “Resident” : How to make a strategic use of the figure of the resident in participatory bodies on industrial risks

Pascale Metzger – Institut de recherche pour le développement.
La construction politique et institutionnelle de la crise du chikungunya à La Réunion

Moderator : Olivier Borraz, CSO, Sciences-Po-CNRS


Conclusion : Sandrine Revet et Julien Langumier

Closing speech : Bruno Latour, Professeur des Universités, Directeur Scientifique, Sciences Po.

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