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Disaster Heritage: Digital Perspectives

On 24-25 July 2018 the University of East Anglia is hosting the first Eastern ARC/Digital Humanities Sandpit Session, which will focus on Digital Humanities and Natural Disasters. Supported by the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Eastern ARC Digital Humanities Network.

24 July 2018

The field of ‘disaster heritage’, the impact on cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) through natural disaster, is of ever-increasing concern, in particular given increasing threats from climate change. This ‘sandpit’ session will bring together specialists from UK, Japan and elsewhere with the aim of developing funding bids in this area. Possible themes for discussion include: the mitigation of the risk to cultural heritage from natural disasters; digital archives of the impact of natural disasters on cultural heritage; the role of social media and the creation of new online communities in mitigating of the impact of natural disasters on cultural heritage, dealing with displacement, responding to reconstruction practices and recreating heritage processes; mitigation, displacement, reconstruction, and risk management; interfacing with human rights; historical perspectives on the mitigation of natural disasters; creative responses to the impact of natural disasters on cultural heritage (e.g. creative writing, film, other media: cf ‘Memory Maps’ project with V&A, oral histories, legends, stories and popular culture); interdisciplinary perspectives on volcanology, seismology, coastal erosion and sea-level change, big data, computer science, archives.

Discussions will be moderated by professional facilitators who will also deliver a summary of the outputs of the sandpit that can be used to inform the development of future funding bids to, for example: AHRC, Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).