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Department of History

Communicating Disaster Experiences

Communicating Disaster Experiences: Religion, Science, History, and the Media

SOAS, University of London
April 4–5, 2008

Funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and SOAS

Friday, April 4, 2008 (room 116)

09:00 – 09:10Arrival and registration
09:10 – 09:20Welcome and Introduction (Anna Akasoy/Andrea Janku)
09:20 – 11:00

Session 1

Chair: Anna Akasoy (University of Oxford)

  • Jussi Hanska (University of Tampere)
    “Individual Perception of Natural Disasters during the Middle Ages”
  • Marie Louisa Allemeyer (Universität Göttingen)
    “Religious and Secular Ways of Coping with Storm Tides in Early Modern Northern Germany”
11.00 – 11.20Tea break
11.20 – 13.00

Session 2

Chair: Tim Barrett (SOAS)

  • Anna Akasoy (Oxford University)
    “Fires in Arabic Historiography”
  • Franz Mauelshagen (Universität Zürich)
    “Ordeals by Fire or the Embarrassment of Lightning: Divine Wrath, Politics, and the Media in Sixteenth and Eighteenth Century Zürich”
13:00 – 14:30Lunch break
14:30 – 16:10

Session 3 (in German)

Chair: Andrea Janku (SOAS)
Discussant: Lars Laamann (SOAS)

  • Mischa Meier (Universität Tübingen)
    “Catastrophe and Blessing: Orosius’s Reinterpretation of History”
  • Gerrit Jasper Schenk (Universität Stuttgart)
    “Des-Aster: Interpretationsmodelle von Naturkatastrophen im Mittelalter – eine Skizze”
16:10 – 16:30Tea break
16:30 – 18:00Internal meeting
19:00 –Conference Dinner

Saturday, April 5, 2008 (room G3)


10:00 – 11:00

Keynote lecture

Grégory Quenet (Université Versailles St Quentin en Yvelines)
“Earthquakes in Early Modern France: From the Old Regime to the Birth of a New Risk”

11:00 – 11:20Tea break
11:20 – 13:00

Session 4

Chair: Franz Mauelshagen (Universität Zürich)

  • Greg Bankoff (University of Hull):
    “Tale of Two Histories: Humanity and Nature at War in the Philippines 1896-1907”
  • Andreas Dix (Universität Bamberg):
    “Natural Events Between Reality and Perception”
13:00 – 14:30Lunch break
14:30 – 16:10

Session 5

Chair: Terry Cannon (University of Greenwich)

  • Stephanie Summermatter (Universität bern)
    “The Role of the Media in the Swiss Federal Fundraising Routine during the Nineteenth Century”
  • Andrea Janku (SOAS)
    “The Alienated Nation: Famine and the Media in Early Twentieth-Century China”
16:10 – 17:00Concluding discussion

Contact: Andrea Janku aj7@soas.ac.uk