[Iag-list] CFP NZGS/IAG July 2018: When Disaster Strikes: Insurance in theory and praxis

Christine Eriksen ceriksen at uow.edu.au
Mon Mar 12 15:29:17 AEDT 2018

Call for Papers: Joint NZGS / IAG Conference, 11-14 July 2018, University of Auckland

Session Title: When Disaster Strikes: Insurance in theory and praxis

Sponsor: Hazards, Risks and Disasters Study Group Study Group

Convenors: Kate Booth (University of Tasmania), Christine Eriksen (University of Wollongong), Shaun French (University of Nottingham)

Keywords: disaster, everyday, financialisation, insurance, responsibilisation

With the increasing financial and social costs of climate exacerbated disasters, there is significant need for accounts of insurance beyond the lens of finance and risk. Emerging research is leading to ‘every day’ understandings of insurance: as affective, emotive, political, moral, situated and socio-material.

Re-thinking insurance has significant implications when considering its role and function in the management and governance of the everyday impacts of disasters. Insurance is frequently understood as a ‘benign tool’, the disaster management technique of choice, and its purchase presumed to be premised on individual, rational decision-making. Yet the individualisation and responsibilisation of risk by neoliberal-inclined governments is promulgating new and novel insurantial modes. ‘Non-insurance’ and ‘under-insurance’ are becoming more pronounced, and the likelihood of community backlash when insurers don’t come through as promised appears to be rising.

Thinking about disasters – bushfires in Australia, earthquakes in New Zealand and flooding in the United Kingdom – how does re-thinking insurance and its geographies influence how and why we might research this key safety net? How can it help us consider the role and function of insurance in disaster events and everyday life?

With these questions in mind, we invite papers that:

  *   Describe and evidence insurance stories and research in relation to climate exacerbated disaster events;
  *   Discuss possible perverse outcomes of insurance for human and nonhuman others;
  *   Consider insurance in the context of individualisation, responsibilisation and/or everyday financialisation;
  *   Advance the theorisation of insurance with reference to natural disasters;
  *   Consider insurance as a mode of everyday governmentality;
  *   Reflect on the role of insurance in the domestication of natural disasters.

Please send abstracts of up to 250 words to Kate Booth kate.booth at utas.edu.au<mailto:kate.booth at utas.edu.au> by 30 March 2018.

This session is supported by the Australian Research Council Discovery Programme, DP170100096.

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