STS Colloquia Fall 2013: How Do Disasters End? Expert Inquiry and the Politics of Risk Knowledge

STS Colloquia Fall 2013: How Do Disasters End? Expert Inquiry and the Politics of Risk Knowledge

3510 Sage Labs

November 13, 2013 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

How does a disaster end? Is it when the waters recede, the homes are rebuilt, when the relief funds stop? Disaster experts present one answer to this question through the conduct of expert investigations and technical post-disaster studies. For scientists and engineers working on risk the "learning" from a disaster helps bring about closure. This talk examines the politics of expert disaster inquiry using the cases of September 11 and 3.11, and considers the difficulties in "learning lessons" from a disaster.Scott Gabriel Knowles is associate professor and interim head of department for history at Drexel University. Knowles is the author of The Disaster Experts: Mastering Risk in Modern America (2011).

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