Roundtable | Writing disasters: A conversation with Linda Polman
29/10/2018 @ 20:00 - 21:30
On the occasion of the publication of Disasters, vulnerability, and narratives: Writing Haiti’s futures by KITLV researcher Kasia Mika, a roundtable discussion with Linda Polman and Alessandra Benedicty Kokken is organized: ‘Writing disasters. A conversation with Linda Polman’.
From one news report to the next, it might well seem that we live in times of increasingly frequent disasters, ever more numerous controversies regarding humanitarianism, and ever slower recovery. What can writing do when faced with such impossible situations?
On the occasion of the publication of Disasters, vulnerability, and narratives: Writing Haiti’s futures, we engage in conversation about that we consider the task of literature and journalism in times of conflict, crisis and disaster.
Drawing on examples from Haiti and the wider Caribbean, among others, we set out to discuss the ways in which writing allows us to redefine what disasters are, to interrogate what creates disasters in the first place, and to challenge practices of international aid and recovery in crisis-struck regions.