Centre for World Environmental History

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Rebuilding ‘RiskScapes’: post-flood Kerala 2018

Thursday 10 October 17:30 until 19:00
Bramber House 256
Speaker: Ravi Raman (State Planning Board, Kerala, India)
Part of the series: Centre for World Environmental History Events Autumn 2019

Kerala floodsWhat should be the best political-ecological-ethical philosophy on which a devastated state like Kerala can base its efforts to transform its ‘RiskScape’? The paper engages with the complexities involved in rebuilding Kerala in the Indian south in the wake of the disastrous floods that ravaged the state in June-August 2018. It will problematize the nature of the disaster and its consequences, the rescue, relief and rebuilding processes in the larger context of society-nature relations, including power relations. The paper will attempt to map (a) the multiple scars – agrarian, environmental, human and so on – that the state has been left with, taking into account the losses sustained and (b) the spatial and temporal relationships within the context of treating Kerala as a ‘risk society’.

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