Theme: Cultures of Disasters

New thematic issue from Culture Unbound: ‘Cultures of Disaster


Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research is proud to present a new thematic issue: ‘Cultures of Disaster’ edited by Anders Ekström and Kyrre Kverndokk. This special issue contains three sections. The first one is called “Disaster Narratives” and in this section several of the papers examine one of the most deeply rooted disaster imaginaries – the apocalypse. The papers discuss how societal and environmental issues are articulated as apocalyptic narratives. The second section “Catastrophizations” contains two papers using disaster optics to study popular and political productions of states of emergencies. The last section, named “Contingency, Resilience and Culture”, shows some varieties of what has been called the cultural turn in disaster studies.


Featured articles are:

Introduction Anders Ekström & Kyrre Kverndokk Cultures of Disasters


I. Disaster Narratives

Gaia Giulliani Fears of Disaster and (Post-)Human Raciologies in European Popular Culture, 2001-2013

Jacob Lillemose & Karsten Wind Meyhoff At the Mercy of Gaia: Deep Ecological Unrest and America’s fall as Nature’s Nation in Kingdom of the Spiders

Jerry Määttä Keeping Count of the End of the World
A Statistical Analysis of the Historiography, Canonisation, and Historical Fluctuations of Anglophone Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Disaster Narratives - See more at

Katrin Pfeifer: On the Representation of an Early Modern Dutch storm in Two Poems


II. Catastrophizations

John Ødemark Avatar in the Amazon – Narratives of Cultural Conversion and Environmental Salvation

Peer Illner Who’s Calling the Emergency? The Black Panthers and the Civilian State of Exception


III. Contingency, Resilience and Culture

Sara Bonati Multiscalar Narratives of a Disaster: From Media Amplification to Western Participation in Asian Tsunamis

Hamish McLean and Jacqui Ewart Political Communication in Disasters: A Question of Relationships

Christian Webersik, Jose J Gonzalez, Julie Dugdale, Bjørn Erik Munkvold & Ole-Christoffer Granmo Towards an Integrated Approach to Emergency Management: Interdisciplinary Challenges for Research and Practice.

Rasmus Dahlberg Resilience and Complexity: Conjoining the Discourses of Two Contested Concepts.


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Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural research is an open access e-journal that seeks to be a forum for contemporary, cutting edge cultural research from a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas. We also welcome new article manuscripts in all areas of cultural research, as well as proposals for future theme sections.

Johanna Dahlin
Executive Editor
Culture Unbound
cu@isak.liu.se


Publicerad: 2015-10-30

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