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Call for Paper – Calling for Change in Disaster Studies

Calling for Change in Disaster StudiesCall for Papers for Special Issue of Disaster Prevention and Management

There is a surge in the academic responses to the global rise of risks and disasters, indicated by the worldwide increase in peer-reviewed journals and grey literature over the last two decades. While this is a good sign of progress, it is time to ask whose voice gets heard and who are left behind in the field of knowledge production. We observed that the hegemony of Western scholarship dominates the production of disaster risk reduction, prevention and management knowledge and solutions. While we observe changing trends, we believe that global disaster and risk scholarship lacks representation from most of the ‘at-risk’ and ‘disaster hotspots’ and most vulnerable places, including low and medium income countries.

Recently, a collective of disaster and risk scholars developed a manifesto which calls for inclusive disaster and risk research. This call for papers is part of the imperative of this manifesto titled “Power, Prestige & Forgotten Values: A Disaster Studies Manifesto”. The manifesto aims to create an alternative future where local epistemologies and indigenous accounts of disasters and risks can have an adequate shared space in disaster studies. This special issue, therefore, extends a call for papers that promote knowledge plurality by valuing local ontologies and epistemologies, whenever appropriate, to decolonise disaster studies and move beyond the “well” established western approaches, sources, concepts, methodologies, values and languages that are predominantly outsiders to the disaster and risk hotspots.

The aim of this special issue is to challenge the disaster and risk research status-quo and pave the way for a new thinking beyond the established paradigms, hoping for a change in thinking around disaster and risk education curriculum and pedagogies.

We, therefore, call for submissions from researchers and practitioners from around the world seeking to challenge the status quo of disaster and risk research. We strongly encourage researchers from the most at-risk countries and disaster and risk hotspots. We also encourage equitable collaborations between local and non-local researchers. We encourage both theoretical and empirical transdisciplinary contributions.

This special edition calls for papers that share the spirit of the above-mentioned manifesto. The typical questions to be answered can be: how to decolonise disaster and disaster risk studies research and move beyond the current established sources, concepts, methodologies and languages that dominate disaster and risk research? How to create a research ethos that promotes higher representation from vulnerable and marginal research communities? How to create a system of incentives that can be respectful, reciprocal and create genuine relationships between “local” and “external” researchers in disaster studies? How to transform our methods and our allocation of resources to suit the ethos of the manifesto? How to engage non-traditional knowledge creators as part of transdisciplinary research?

It also encourages submissions of all kinds, from short opinion pieces and commentaries to full research papers addressing some pertinent questions in the field of disaster studies.

Possible themes

  1. Decolonising disaster research
  2. Disaster research alternatives
  3. Disaster research ethics
  4. Disaster epistemologies
  5. Disaster research and local epistemologies
  6. Issues of cultural sovereignty in disaster research
  7. Gender/Feminist perspective to disaster studies
  8. Subaltern disaster studies
  9. Transdisciplinary disaster risk research

Please submit your abstract of 500-700 words using this Google Form. You can also send your abstract to insideoutdpm@gmail.com

Deadline for abstract submission: September 30th, 2020.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors of this special issue. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 25 October 2020. The deadline for submission of full papers is 26 February 2021. Individual papers will be published online as EarlyCite shortly after being accepted. The special issue will be published in January 2022.

Guest Editors

Calling for Change in Disaster Studies

Call for Papers for Special Issue of Disaster Prevention and Management

There is a surge in the academic responses to the global rise of risks and disasters, indicated by the worldwide increase in peer-reviewed journals and grey literature over the last two decades. While this is a good sign of progress, it is time to ask whose voice gets heard and who are left behind in the field of knowledge production. We observed that the hegemony of Western scholarship dominates the production of disaster risk reduction, prevention and management knowledge and solutions. While we observe changing trends, we believe that global disaster and risk scholarship lacks representation from most of the ‘at-risk’ and ‘disaster hotspots’ and most vulnerable places, including low and medium income countries.

Recently, a collective of disaster and risk scholars developed a manifesto which calls for inclusive disaster and risk research. This call for papers is part of the imperative of this manifesto titled “Power, Prestige & Forgotten Values: A Disaster Studies Manifesto”. The manifesto aims to create an alternative future where local epistemologies and indigenous accounts of disasters and risks can have an adequate shared space in disaster studies. This special issue, therefore, extends a call for papers that promote knowledge plurality by valuing local ontologies and epistemologies, whenever appropriate, to decolonise disaster studies and move beyond the “well” established western approaches, sources, concepts, methodologies, values and languages that are predominantly outsiders to the disaster and risk hotspots.

The aim of this special issue is to challenge the disaster and risk research status-quo and pave the way for a new thinking beyond the established paradigms, hoping for a change in thinking around disaster and risk education curriculum and pedagogies.

We, therefore, call for submissions from researchers and practitioners from around the world seeking to challenge the status quo of disaster and risk research. We strongly encourage researchers from the most at-risk countries and disaster and risk hotspots. We also encourage equitable collaborations between local and non-local researchers. We encourage both theoretical and empirical transdisciplinary contributions.

This special edition calls for papers that share the spirit of the above-mentioned manifesto. The typical questions to be answered can be: how to decolonise disaster and disaster risk studies research and move beyond the current established sources, concepts, methodologies and languages that dominate disaster and risk research? How to create a research ethos that promotes higher representation from vulnerable and marginal research communities? How to create a system of incentives that can be respectful, reciprocal and create genuine relationships between “local” and “external” researchers in disaster studies? How to transform our methods and our allocation of resources to suit the ethos of the manifesto? How to engage non-traditional knowledge creators as part of transdisciplinary research?

It also encourages submissions of all kinds, from short opinion pieces and commentaries to full research papers addressing some pertinent questions in the field of disaster studies.

Possible themes

  1. Decolonising disaster research
  2. Disaster research alternatives
  3. Disaster research ethics
  4. Disaster epistemologies
  5. Disaster research and local epistemologies
  6. Issues of cultural sovereignty in disaster research
  7. Gender/Feminist perspective to disaster studies
  8. Subaltern disaster studies
  9. Transdisciplinary disaster risk research

Please submit your abstract of 500-700 words using this Google Form. You can also send your abstract to insideoutdpm@gmail.com

Deadline for abstract submission: September 30th, 2020.

The abstracts will be reviewed by the guest editors of this special issue. Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by 25 October 2020. The deadline for submission of full papers is 26 February 2021. Individual papers will be published online as EarlyCite shortly after being accepted. The special issue will be published in January 2022.

Guest Editors

Punam Yadav

Victor Marchezini

Dewald Van Niekerk

Jonatan A. Lassa

Journal Editors

JC Gaillard, The University of Auckland

Emmanuel Raju, University of Copenhagen


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