Universität Wien FIND

140372 SE VM5 / VM3 - Historical perspectives on disaster management and risk prevention (2017S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung



max. 20 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 20.03. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Mittwoch 05.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Mittwoch 26.04. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Mittwoch 03.05. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Mittwoch 17.05. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Mittwoch 24.05. 15:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SG3 Gender-Studies, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This seminar explores ways of approaching 'natural' disaster as an object of historical inquiry on the local, regional, national, inter- and trans-national as well as global level.
It aims at critical examining disaster as a phenomenon that has environmental (and other) causes, yet is always socially constructed. How have perceptions of risk and explanation of disaster differed over time in western- and non-western societies? When did the management of natural disaster become a concern of the state? What role does natural disaster play in nation building and the cultural history of a state? And when did it become an international or even intergovernmental concern?
As for the international frame of analysis, the seminar will consider 'natural' disaster both as an issue of foreign policy and of an emerging 'international governance' of disaster. It will inquire about the place of disaster in international development, international law and environmental protection.
Historical disaster research is an emerging field of research and its literature is still scarce. Although the emphasis of the seminar and its assignments is on the historical dimensions of disaster, the mandatory and facultative readings of the course will also include texts from a variety of other disciplines including sociology, anthropology, law, political science or economics. Students are also more than welcome to inform their assignments with methods and literature from non-historical disciplines.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Term paper, presentation, discussion of a presentation, attendance and participation

(no exam)

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Term paper (40%)
Presentation (30%)
Discussion of a presentation (15%)
Attendance and participation (15%)

Students need to be able to read, speak and write in English. Previous classes in history, development or humanitarian studies are an advantage, but not a condition.


The "naturalness" of disasters; questions of social behaviour, politics and inequality; the nation and state building; disaster diplomacy; disaster science, prevention and development; international management of disaster


Recommended literature (a full reading list will be distributed during the first session and texts will be accessible on moodle)

· Hannigan, John. Disasters without Borders: The International Politics of Natural Disasters. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2012.
· Janku, Andrea, Gerrit J. Schenk, and Franz Mauelshagen, eds. Historical Disasters in Context: Science, Religion, and Politics. New York: Routledge, 2012.
· Kelman, Ilan. Disaster Diplomacy. New York: Routledge, 2012.
· Lebovic, Nitzan, and Andreas Killen, eds. Catastrophes: A History and Theory of an Operative Concept. Oldenbourg: De Gruyter, 2014.
· Svensen, Henrik. The End Is Nigh: A History of Natural Disasters. London: Reaktion, 2009.
· Walter, François. Katastrophen: eine Kulturgeschichte vom 16. bis ins 21. Jahrhundert. Stuttgart: Reclam, 2010 (also available in French).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

VM5; VM3

Letzte Änderung: Mi 22.03.2017 09:30